Hard Drive not Detected

I've never had an issue with my Original Xbox 360, so never saw the need to upgrade. I still have my 20gb hard drive and just recently wanted to upgrade to a 120gb hard drive. I got the transfer cable and tried transferring everything over and it was a whole ordeal. For a while, it kept saying "No Storage Device Detected" and I had no luck getting it to detect. I got it to detect with it plugged in via the USB transfer cable and the software was auto detected, so I let it transfer everything over to the new hard drive. Everything went fine, so I assumed it was ok. I turned my console off after it was finished, switched my old hard drive for the new one, and turned the system back on. After everything, it still says "No Storage Device Detected", yet I know all of my files and everything is on it. So my question is, what can I do? I've done everything I can and can't think of anything else.

To aid your assistance:

- I bought a used hard drive (Yes, I know, first mistake. If I can't fix this, I'll buy a brand new one)

- This is for the Original Xbox 360 (Not elite, not slim, etc.)

- I formatted the new hard drive using NTFS file system (don't know if that's the right one) on a Windows 7 PC

- I do NOT mind formatting it again for whatever reason you provide (thus losing all of my data)

- The "new" hard drive shows up under System Settings>Storage when plugged in via the Transfer Cable, but not when plugged in the Hard Drive slot (and yes, my old one still works in that slot, so that's not the issue)

Please provide any help that you can and thank you for whatever help you provide. I'm really at my wits end. 

 

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Should have gotten a PS3 ;)

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I would suggest going over the steps listed here. support.xbox.com/.../hard-drive . If none of this works, the HDD may actually be damaged , and need replaced.

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Sorry, but when the console didn't recognise the hard drive that first time, that should have been a signal:  There is a chance that the hard drive is corrupted (that is the chance of buying a used drive.)

 
Even if you manage to re-format a bad drive, there is still a chance that some of the drive's sectors are beyond repair; thus, making the whole drive bad.

 

I wouldn't try repairing it - just take it back in for your money back.

 

Sorry ...

 

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Formatting the drive on your pc was a mistake as the xbox firmware pre-installed on the drive will have been erased in favour of the new format (now pc).

This is why you can no longer see the drive on the console and why you had such a hard time recognizing it during the transfer.

Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about this.  You will have to purchase a new drive.  Only this time, just plug it into the console instead of trying to format it on the computer.

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Yeah, I'm quickly realizing that I should have just bought a brand new one. Going to have to do that now.

onyx62is - It wasn't being recognized long before I formatted it with my PC, so I couldn't even find it listed on my xbox to format it on there.

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Is the transfer cable you used an official Microsoft certified transfer cable? I'm seeing so many people recently using third party transfer cables that cause so much grief. If you do get a new drive then please be sure the transfer cable you use is genuine.

This sticky thread explains more

http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_support/f/7/t/14226.aspx

Bananas !!

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I used a 3rd party cable first, but bought a brand new microsoft one after I couldn't get it to work. I assume it's unfixable?

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Thanks for the update about the formatting @Valvash.

If you did use a 3rd party cable it is unfixible and not covered by Microsoft.  Sorry to hear that you'll have to go out and buy another one now.  

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dive must be formatted fat 32

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that should not happen try calling xbox support

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