Update Failure on xbox 360 elite

Hi!

This is the first time i post anything here, so i hope I'm doing it in the right place ;)

So here's the deal: I bought an Xbox 360 elite (the MW 2 edition) back in late 2009. I only had the time to play it for several months, and haven't touched it since.

A couple of days ago, i tried to connect it again and see if i can play. Since i haven't used it in a long time, i was asked to do an update, which i of course accepted. The download stopped after a few seconds, sending me to an error page. the code i had there was (i checked on the support) storage related.
I went to "settings, system, storage", and noticed that some files got corrupted, so i deleted them. then i tried to update again, but same problem. After digging up some stuff on the net (for hours), i think i basically did everything i could do to try and fix it: removing and re-inserting the hdd, clearing the hdd cache, formatting it, updating using a cd and a USB, rolling back the updates (the LB,RB,X,LB,RB,X sequence), starting the xbox while pressing the sync button, doing "initial setup" etc... no matter what i did, i still got a storage related error.  The weird thing is that the hdd is showing in the"storage" section, and i can copy things to it. Also my network connection is working properly,  and playing games do work as normal.  The only thing that did work however, was inserting a 4gb usb device, configuring it to work as a storage device for the xbox, and doing the update on it. when i tried this everything  worked as it should, i had the latest version of the update installed,was conneted to xbox live, and downloading my profile worked as well. only problem was it ran out storage very fast :/
So here are my questions (finally): Is there any way to copy the update files after i installed them on  my usb device to the hdd (those files are most likely hidden, so i didn't find any way of doing it)? is it possible that i have bad sectors that prevent me from updating, but not from using the hdd? and if so, is there anyway to connect the xbox hdd to my pc to do a "hard" format which will correct this?

I just feel it's a shame to buy a new 250gb hdd, especially since i barely used it :/

If someone could help in any way i would greatly appreciate it, and thanks for reading!

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 3 Applies to:

The only thing you can try is to download the update to a usb stick or CD and try to install it to the console that way.  Other than that you may need to purchase a new hard drive.

support.xbox.com/.../system-updates-info

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Hi onyx,

As i stated before, i did try to do it with a CD and a USB stick, but with no luck :/

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Ah yes.  Sorry, mis-read that part.  However, if the hard drive is dying then your only option will be to purchase a new one.

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