I have read online that alot of people have a similar issue where their Xbox 360 Slim HDD that they got with their Xbox 360 slim on purchase at the end of 2 years ago no longer reads properly and instead when they log in they get a screen asking for a new profile or to skip sign in....
I HAD the same problem until a few days ago when i used the troubleshooter and reinserted my HDD. It worked for about 2 days allowing me to play mass effect 2 (just finished it) to get a perfect game for ME3. NOW my issue has gotten worse...
Not only will it not read my HDD but when the HDD is in the xbox i cant even get to dashboard.... which means that when it is in i cant check my HDD for the saved data or even try to retrieve it :/
The Xbox360 itself is fine, remove the HDD and turn it on it works as normal... asking for a memory device and to create a profile etc. But when the HDD device is in it stays on the screen with the floating X ball and Xbox 360 below it.
.....just letting u know i waited about 3 hours after i wrote whats above to see if i could get anything done again....
OK so i got it turned on and confirmed after staying on the Xbox welcome screen mentioned before for about 50 mins to 1 hour it loads up an signs in (definatly not right but at least i can access it) i looked on my hard drive and all saved data files etc are there... which means it isnt software corruption.
I checked all isues it might have been... replayed the ending of mass effect 2 just to make sure (this was what i was doing before the issues started) it isnt that.
I looked at the HDD pins to make sure they werent bent and looked at the inside slot for any issues too... there is no obvious damage (meaning nothing i can tell is damage... i dont put together Xbox's so i dont know if anything is wrong that isnt obvious.)
The Xbox does NOT make any unusual sounds when turned on and the fan is definatly working on it.
I can only guess there is a hardware issue with either the HDD i have or the Xbox's connection to the HDD drive socket but being a poor gamer i cannot afford to buy another HDD just for the sake of testing which of the 2 options it is.
Besides that my HDD does have the data available that i want in it. so in reality besides a harware issue that i cannot locate the entire Xbox is in top condition.
My warrenty on this ran out December 14th last year (just my luck a few months ago) so i dont want to send the whole thing in for repair unless i can garuntee my data.
Is there anyway to check if it is a connection issue (Requireing repair) or a HDD issue (requireing a new HDD and a data transfer) without needing another HDD or XBox 360 to try it in???
Also is this a regular issue with this model of HDD as ive noticed in my searching for this type of problem the 250GB slim HDD units all seem to be malfunctioning betwen 6 months and 18 months down the line with almost the exact same issue.