Following my previous (unanswered) post, I went ahead last night and tried to revive my dying 250gb Hard-drive (Xbox 360 standard). I transferred as much stuff as I could to an external USB hard-drive - I was unable to transfer a few items, including a couple of downloaded games, such as Halo 3 and Minecraft. I then, with some trepidation, formatted the Xbox hard-drive. This took about 15 minutes, about 10 minutes of which was spent on a loading bar, 100% full, but still with the caption 'Formatting device. Please do not turn off your console.' This eventually finished. On going back into Storage menu, HDD was indeed blank.
So then I rebooted the console (start-up time still very slow), and immediately tried to copy stuff back onto the HDD. After 2 minutes of 'transferring', there was a pop-up saying 'An error occurred. Some items could not be transferred.', followed by '0 of 244 items transferred successfully.' Puzzled, I went back to the Storage menu, to find that the HDD was now shown without a name, and as 'unformatted'. I tried to format again - on completion 10 minutes later, HDD still showed as unformatted. As I was on the verge of throwing the whole lot through the window, I turned it off and went to bed.
This morning I first tried booting the console without the hard-drive: as I had expected, it loaded up immediately, so definitely a HDD problem. I turned it off, re-inserted HDD, turned it back on... it stuck on the screen with the Xbox logo (which was still moving/shimmering, as if it were loading) for 10 minutes before I decided enough was enough and turned it off again.
So basically the HDD is dead. Unless any of you guys know otherwise... I'm sure I could cope with that if I was able to find a replacement drive. I can't find a single official Microsoft hard-drive for the standard Xbox 360, be it 60GB, 120GB, or my desired 250GB. I have seen the warnings/scare-stories about unofficial hardware, and I am less than inclined to waste my money on something that won't work. So, to my questions:
1) Is there anything I can do with my old HDD?
2) If not, can anyone tell me where I can get a new one?
Sorry if I ramble somewhat, I am perhaps understandably rather frustrated, and I guess this is a (rather civilised) way of releasing some of that frustration.
Thanks for any help or advice,