Recently, I acquired a new hard drive for my Xbox 360. I decided to use my USB flash drive as an intermediary to transfer files between the two hard drives. This particular flash drive had been formatted to work with the Xbox, and had not had any problems for the several months I had been using it. I made one successful transition to the new hard drive, but when I transferred the remainders of my files from my old hard drive to the USB, as soon as I attached the new hard drive to my system, the USB drive became unreadable by the Xbox, asking me to reformat the USB. As this drive currently contains a good portion of data from the last 5 years (including several Mass Effect and Fallout play throughs), I'm not keen on losing that data if I can help it.
Here are a few of the details of what I'm working with:
-I've got an older model Xbox Arcade, one with the Jasper Chipset.
-My old hard drive is 20GB, the new one is 60GB.
-The USB Flash drive I'm using is a Rocketfish 16 GB flashdrive.
-To transfer the files from my 20 GB Hard Drive to my USB, I used the transfer data option to move the whole of the contents to the USB. The transfer went off without a hitch.
What I've tried thus far:
-I've tried to turn on my Xbox with either hard drive on the system, as well as with no hard drive attached, with the USB plugged in. I've also tried all of those configurations with out the USB initially plugged in, and plugging it in once the system was on.
-I've tried to get a computer to read the USB. I theorized that if I could copy the data on the USB to my computer, I could reformat the USB in my Xbox, replace the data on the USB, and then rejoice once I regained access to my saved games. However, I've tried three different computers (a Windows XP, a Windows Vista, and a Linux Ubuntu system) and I've been stymied each time. The Windows systems recognized that there was a USB plugged in, but refused to allow me to view the contents unless I reformatted the card. The Linux system did not recognize the USB at all.
At this point, all I really want to do is to get my games off of the USB and back onto a hard drive, any hard drive. Failing that, if there's any way possible to recover my data from the old 20 GB hard drive (as I've not done anything to it since I transferred my data off of it), I'll be happy to give that a shot as well.
Thanks to anyone who has any advice or ideas, they are appriciated.