No Recycle Bin | How to Recover Deleted Files on Xbox One/360

Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Jason Ben

Recover Deleted Files from Xbox

My son has an Xbox 360. He has saved a lot of game data onto it which is very precious for him. After a black screen, he lost some files on the Xbox game console. At that time, I told him not to do anything more on the Xbox as it may cause data to be overwritten.

My question is:

Is it possible to recover the files from Xbox One/360?

Thanks for any help.

This is the question from Amy.

Do you have the same similar situation as Amy? There are many reasons for data loss, such as virus attack, mis-handling, system error, etc. These unexpected situations are hard to prevent. Even more frightening is that Xbox does not have a recycle bin. So, it might seem like a mission impossible to do Xbox One/360 data recovery.

Don’t be worried. In fact, we still have the opportunity to salvage our data. Because these deleted files still exist on the internal hard drive of Xbox One/360.

So, in the next part, we will show you how to recover deleted files on Xbox One/360’s hard drive step-by-step.

Warm tip: It is critical to stop using Xbox One/360 to prevent data from being overwritten.

Steps to recover deleted files on Xbox One/360

According to the above statements, we have this conclusion: the deleted information is still on the hard drive, but the Xbox One/360 don’t have recycle bin. Therefore, we take a compromise way:

  1. Take out the hard drive of the Xbox One/360
  2. Connect the hard drive to the computer (helps the computer reads the information in the hard drive)
  3. Download the professional Data Recovery software on the computer
  4. Do data recovery on the computer

We take the Xbox One as an example. Here’s the tutorial about adding or removing an Xbox 360 Hard Drive.

First, we need to take out the Xbox’s built-in hard drive

Step 1 Open the outermost protective shell of the Xbox One, and then you will see another metal shell, open it.

Open Xbox One Case

Step 2 Inside the box, the upper left corner is the optical drive, the upper right corner is the hard drive, the lower left corner is the cooling fan, and the lower right corner is the power supply. If you want to learn more information, please check this article: Tutorial to remove the Xbox internal hard drive.

Take Out Hard Drive from Xbox one

Second, we connect the hard drive to the computer

Generally speaking, the hard drive of the Xbox One is Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST500LM012, capacity 500GB, interface SATA 3Gbps, cache 8MB, speed 5400RPM.

We need to prepare a USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA Converter Adapter with Power Switch.

Step 1 Match the SATA 15-pin Male with SATA power connection (the longer one) on the hard drive, and then match the 4-pin Female with AC power adapter, finally, plug the power adapter into the wall socket.

Step 2 Match SATA cable with the SATA data connection (the shorter one) on the hard drive, and then match the other end of the SATA cable with SATA HDD to USB (a SATA Docking Station), finally, connect the USB to the USB port in the computer.

Connect Hard Drive Computer

Third, we recover lost data with Data Recovery

Step 1 Free downloads this software on your computer. Install and launch it follow the instructions. In the main interface, select the data type you wanted as Video or Document under the Check all file types category.

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Wait for a few seconds, select the hard drive where you may find the lost files under the Hard Drive Drives category.

Finally, click Scan button.

Tips: This data recovery software also can help us retrieve data like emails, videos, photos, documents, audio, and more from the local computer, digital camera, SD card, hard drive, flash drive, memory card, etc. on Windows and Mac. So, we can see Hard Drive Drives and Removable Drives choices.

Step 2 And then, you will see another new interface where has Quick Scan and Deep Scan choices, choosing one of them according to your needs. This will take a few minutes. Finally, click Recover button.

By the way, you will see the recovered files by clicking the Open Folder button.

Backup Xbox One/360 data for security

This time, we are lucky enough to retrieve the missing files. But can you withstand the pain of losing files many times? Obviously, no. So, it’s a good habit to back up data in time.

We can use the Xbox Live to back up our data.

Anyone who has signed up for the Xbox Live service can store their saved games in the cloud. It’s also easy to use, and when you connect to Xbox Live, saved games are automatically stored in the cloud. If you use your own Xbox Live account to log in to another Xbox One host, your saved games will be available on that host.

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