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EDIT (02/06/13)
There is a new website similar to Epic Legion's, that can be used for the save conversion process. I realize this is a late addition to the guide, but I hope it helps anyone who notices. Here is the site:
http://legion.cal24.....php/site/index
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Ok, so a while ago I heard a rumor that it was possible to convert Mass Effect 2 saves from Xbox 360 to PC. I found this very appealing as I would like to play ME3 on PC, but my characters had all been played on 360. It took a little digging, but I was able to accomplish this. I am not taking credit for the tools that are used to do this, but I am simply posting this as a single location tutorial so that others may do this as well.

- The first step is to acquire a flash drive. What you will need to do is insert this flash drive into your Xbox 360. Once its formatted so that it can be used by the 360 for storage, the next step will be to move your Mass Effect 2 saves over to the flash drive. They cannot be copied, they must be moved to the drive, so be careful with it!

- The next step is to insert the flash drive into your computer. Once your computer recognizes the flash drive, you will need to navigate to the folder named "Xbox360". This is a hidden folder, so if you don't see it you will need to set  Windows to display hidden folders. With the flash drive window open you will need to go up to the "Tools" menu (if you are running Vista or 7 press the "Alt" key to display this menu). Under tools go to "Folder Options". At the top of the new window, go the tab that says "View". From there scroll down and select the option that says "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" and then click "Ok". You should now be able to see the "Xbox360" folder.

- Now you will need to download the program Xbox 360 XTAF Explorer. This program allows you to explore the contents of an Xbox formatted flash drive. Download the zip file from here: http://digiex.net/do...af-v44-new.html. Extract the .exe file and open it. In XTAF,  go up to "File", then select "Open Usb Manually" and select the "Xbox360" folder on your flash drive. Once this is open, you will see two 'tree' options, "Cache Partition" and "Data Partition". Click on "Data Partition". From there, click "Content". After a second, a list of random numbers and letters should appear. Click on each one. Each one should open another list of random characters. Each of those should in turn contain a few files. Open up all these until no more will open. All you have to do from there is scroll down until you find your Mass Effect 2 Saves. If that is the only data you have on there, it should be easy to find. Otherwise you may have to search a little to find them. Once you find your save or saves, right click on them and click "Extract". Save these files where ever you like.

- The next step is to pull the individual save files from these files you've extracted. The files you extracted in the last step contain all the save files from whatever Career or Careers you have in Mass Effect 2, but you must break these down into the individual save files so you can convert them to PC save files. You will need to download the program Modio. Here's a link: http://www.game-tuts...unity/modio.php. Once you've downloaded this you need to extract the files from the zip archive. After that, run the .exe to open Modio. Once open, go under the Quick Actions menu and select "Open A Save". Navigate to the file that you extracted in the last step. This will open a new window. At the top of the window click the "File Contents" tab. There should be a list of all the saves tied to the Campaign Career you extracted, including all Chapter Saves and Auto Saves. From there select the individual save you would like to convert and right click on it. From there select "Extract File". Save this where ever you like.

- The final step is to convert this save file into PC format. All you need to do is go to this website: http://legion.cal24.....php/site/index. From there click "Register" at the top and create a free user account. Once you've registered click "Login" at the top. Once you've logged in, select "My Saves" at the top. From there click the "Choose File" button, and navigate to the individual save file you extracted in the previous step, then click "Upload".  That save file should appear under your "My saves" at the top of the screen. All you have to do from there is select "PC Export" and the converted file will automatically download. 

There you go! Now your Xbox 360 saves should be fully useable in the PC version of Mass Effect 2. Just make sure to move them to the saves directory for ME2 PC. Hopefully this helps you.

Oh and thanks to Epic Legion for creating the awesome tool that made this all happen. :D

Edited by u60n0, 06 février 2013 - 07:16 .


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Strongbear338

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Wow thanks a ton I was hoping we could do something like this.

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is this possible from mass effect 1 from xbox to mass effect 1 for pc?

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thanks a lot I'm now completely ready for mass effect 3

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I've tried the above method several times over the past couple days but every time I try to load the game on my PC nothing happens. I see the save on the list but when I click "Load game" it just makes the little sound effect when you click something in a menu and doesn't load.

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yeah.. a website, you register for, that helps you. with a scary name to boot. "thank you for registering, your but load of free spam, porn, and engorges zone enlargement ads will be in your inbox shortly."

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hey guys if your game isnt loading then rename the file as "save_0001"

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Just wanted to say thank you to U60n0 for posting this guide as it helped me transfer my xbox sheps over to the pc.

@Masterjokin: The save converter website was created by Epic Legion and is legitimate. If you're really worried about spam you could always just create a free yahoo account and use that to register.

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It looks like the tool's website is down, I keep getting a n sql server error. I was just on it too, transferred my saves from 360 to a flash drive then the site stopped working :(

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Looks like the site went down today.

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So I followed the first post above and successfully created a new save file for my pc. Upon trying to load it, it wouldn't work saying that various DLC was not present. So apparently this won't work? Any way to remove these options on my save so I can get the base stats and character imported at least?

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Is it typical for it to take 2 hours to download Modio 3 ... i mean for 12 megabytes that'd dark ages times. Dial-up is faster for gods sake.

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I just wanted to say thank you for this. It worked like a charm!

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Hmm this is interesting. I may attempt this.

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is it possible to do this vice versa (pc to xbox)?

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Yeah is there anyway to go the other way arround? Oo PC to xbox?

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His site is now dead and has been since this morning.

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jorge1245 wrote...

Yeah is there anyway to go the other way arround? Oo PC to xbox?


Yes.  I am playing Mass Effect 3 on the XBox 360 with a save (of my own creation, not downloaded) imported from the PC version of Mass Effect 2.

Edited by Dimensio, 07 mars 2012 - 03:39 .


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I need to pull my Xbox files from my Xbox and put them on my PC to play ME3. I see Epic Legion's site is down. How do I do it without that tool?

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http://www.gamefaqs....fect-3/62162976


Follow steps 1 through 11. If you wish to retain your saves on the XBox 360, follow step 12, also. Working links to tools are provided.

After extraction, use the Gibbed save editor to convert the save to .pcsav format.

Create the following series of directories in your Documents folder:
BioWare\\Mass Effect 2\\Save\\<FirstName>_<code>_<class>_01012012

<code> is a set of two digits.  

For the first digit
1 = Spacer
2 = Colonist
3 = Earthborn

For the second digit
1 = Sole Survivor
2 = War Hero
3 = Ruthless

You should match the folder name to your Shepard profile, with your Shepard's name, the correct background code, and the class used to establish the folder names (you may experience import issues if you do not). 

Place the converted save file into that folder.


The full instructions (1-23) are intended as an attempt to fix ME2 XBox 360 saves that cannot be seen by the ME3 importer. No one has yet reported on whether it works for that purpose, though; I have discovered that many people reporting such a problem actually deleted their Mass Effect 2 saves and are now wondering why they have nothing for import.

Edited by Dimensio, 07 mars 2012 - 05:24 .


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Whenever I download the gibbed save editor and try to open it I get the error "Gibbed Saved Editor has stopped working..."

Any idea how to circumvent that issue?

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Calibretto9 wrote...

Whenever I download the gibbed save editor and try to open it I get the error "Gibbed Saved Editor has stopped working..."

Any idea how to circumvent that issue?


What operating system do you use?  Try an older version; newer versions typically just add new plot table options.  An older version can still be used to convert saves between formats.

If all else fails, you could send the save to a volunteer to convert it for you.  I'd be willing to help.

Edited by Dimensio, 07 mars 2012 - 07:00 .


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Okay, I posted this in another thread once Epic Legion's site came back up for me. Take a look and let me know what you think.

I'm having an issue. I had Mass Effect 1 & 2 on the Xbox but now I want to play the 3rd on PC. I own the 3rd on PC so I followed the instructions in the link below to transfer my saves to from Xbox to PC. I followed everything to the letter however when I go to import a character in ME3 nothing shows up. Can anyone think of what might be wrong?
http://www.gamefront...xbox-360-to-pc/

Edit*: I don't have ME1 or 2 on my PC so I just created the folders as instructed in that link. Is there somewhere specific I should place my save file for ME3 to detect it? Also, the save file I tried to transfer was an Auto Save. Does that affect it?

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Calibretto9 wrote...

Okay, I posted this in another thread once Epic Legion's site came back up for me. Take a look and let me know what you think.

I'm having an issue. I had Mass Effect 1 & 2 on the Xbox but now I want to play the 3rd on PC. I own the 3rd on PC so I followed the instructions in the link below to transfer my saves to from Xbox to PC. I followed everything to the letter however when I go to import a character in ME3 nothing shows up. Can anyone think of what might be wrong?
http://www.gamefront...xbox-360-to-pc/

Edit*: I don't have ME1 or 2 on my PC so I just created the folders as instructed in that link. Is there somewhere specific I should place my save file for ME3 to detect it? Also, the save file I tried to transfer was an Auto Save. Does that affect it?


An Autosave is convertable, though I recommend using a manual save.  What are the names of the files and the folders that you have structured?

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I've created a folder called Bioware>Mass Effect 2 > Save > Name_11_Soldier_010210>AutoSave.pcsav.

I originally created that on the same portion of my harddrive (Programs) that all my games are saved on. I then copied and pasted it into My Documents folder as I saw there was a Mass Effect 3 folder in that area, minus the Bioware folder (the rest was the same). Is it the copy/pasting that's killing me?