How To: Clear Your Xbox 360 Hard Drive's Cache
Posted by Ken Barnes
Simple, but powerful.
Over the last 7 years, some people have found that after a few months of playing games on their Xbox 360, they'd start to see games slowing down in the menus, taking longer to load things, and in some cases, taking a good old time to save their progress when they were playing a game.
The FIFA series is one game that causes this to occur. If you play the game's "Career" mode, the software uses the hard drive to cache (or temporarily store) data such as fixtures, results, and the like. If the game or console doesn't clear this cache out properly - and a lot of games don't - you'll find that you could be looking at some long delays. The first week of fixtures in a FIFA career blast through in a handful of seconds. By about halfway through the season, it can take minutes.
Clearing your hard drive cache can also relieve other issues. If a game locks up after a title update, clearing the cache will usually remove the update so that you can download it again (which is the first thing you should try.) If a game seems to forget that it's already had an update, and tells you that an update needs to be applied every single time you load it up, clearing the cache can solve this problem too.
So, let's look at how to do it. A lot of people already know how to do this, but if you've never had to do it before, here's how!
Note that this procedure will usually delete title updates, so you'll be prompted to download them again the next time you fire up each game. (Fortunately they're generally not too big.)
1) Power up your Xbox 360.
2) Once you get to the dashboard, go right a few times until you hit "Settings." Highlight "System" and press A.
3) Highlight "Storage" from the list. Press A.
4) Highlight your hard drive from the list of storage devices, and press the Y button (not A!)
5) Highlight "Clear System Cache" then press A one final time.
6) Once you're returned to the list of devices, your hard drive cache has been cleared and the job is done!
We get asked about this a lot here at Pure Xbox, so we figured we'd put together a swift guide to show you how to do it. In future, we'll be bringing you more "How To" guides, which take on some of the more technical things you can do with your Xbox 360 and Xbox One.