Transfer Cable Not Recognizing Old HDD

Hey all,

So I just recently got a new Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Cable, and I'm having some trouble. Specifically, the cable doesn't seem to recognize my old HDD when I plug it in. The instructions say that a message is supposed to pop up when everything is connected, but I have yet to see such a message. My console is completely up-to-date, and all of my hardware is official first-party Microsoft stuff. 

If it helps, I recorded a video showing step-by-step how I attempted to use the cable. http://youtu.be/DmDbuNQIQR8

Can anybody offer some advice? I doubt the cable is faulty since it's literally brand new, and my 360 is barely a month old.

 

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I don't have an older model console available to test, and I actually tried the original cable before exchanging it for this one :\

I don't have a powered hub, but I suppose I could go out and buy one...though I hesitate to buy more hardware when this should work on its own.

The disk in the old HDD doesn't spin when I plug it in. Why would the old drive pull that much more power than the new one?

Also, completely unrelated, but how do you add line breaks in this editor? I added <br /> to the HTML source but it just replaced it with <p></p>, which doesn't seem to allow consecutive newlines.

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Hey IceStorm,

Thanks, but that doesn't seem to work either. It's been plugged in via your suggestion for about 5 minutes now, and still nothing. Any other ideas?

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Just a suggestion, but on my xbox, the usb ports are very touchy and I had adjust (wiggle) the cable to get it to recognize my drive. Hope this helps.

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Sadly I'm having exactly the same problem. Brand new xbox but a very old hard drive and although the cable is detected in a pc the cable, drive isn't though, it isn't being detected in the xbox atleast it's not saying any cable is found.

I've tried waiting but so far no joy :(

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I'm not aware of any official data recovery options from Microsoft for 360 HDDs.

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Try an older model console or the original transfer cable that only works with original HDDs if you can. The original cable appears to pull less power than the new cable.



Other than that... do you have a powered USB hub? You might be able to get it working by putting the powered hub between the 360 and the cable.



Also, make sure the drive's spinning up. You should be able to feel the vibration of the drive spinning up. That should at least rule out if the drive seized or not.

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So is there anything I can do about this? The old HDD won't draw power when I plug it into my computer either. I have a TON of stuff on the thing, the 120GB was almost completely filled with game installs, saves, and DLC. Is it all unrecoverable?

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Sorry Bobo, that didn't seem to do anything.

I just tried it with my friend's newer model HDD, and the transfer dialog popped up almost instantly. Either there's something wrong with my old HDD, or the cable has trouble recognizing the older model.

Any mods want to weigh in on this? Here's the video again in case it was lost in the block of text in the opening post.

http://youtu.be/DmDbuNQIQR8

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Update help on this. I was having the same problem. I waited the 15 secs after it logged me in, plugged in the USB to the back port as the console is laying down it was the top most port. then 30 secs to take a pissand then plugged in the old hard drive and I could hear the old hard drive fire up and the promp popped up. I realize its been 5 months for u but of it helps someone else who is going through this same rough time I hope this post helps.

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Hopefully the info here helps me out. I am getting a new 250GB 360 today and will be using the old transfer cable on my 1st gen Xenon. The old girl has served me well until the brick went out last night (no light). On down the road I plan on picking up a new brick to have a bedroom 360 with some arcade games on it...that's all that really works well on it. I have to tap the case to get it to recognise a disc lol.

Here's hoping it goes trouble free.    Haha

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