Xbox 360 Elite 120GB Hard Drive suddenly "unformatted".

This happened a while ago, but I'm just now getting to this due to other reasons. On March 4, 2012, I started my Xbox to play some COD:MW4. It started up and then said there is an update. So I updated it and the game loaded up. I hit start and then it tells me to sign in. I look for my Xbox Live account and I don't see it. I see a couple of extra player profiles that I previously created for when ever friends stop by, but mine is not visible. I decide to go ahead and restart the system thinking the update required a restart. The game starts up with the game and asks me to sign in. I look for my profile, but none are visible. I restart the system once more and then the xbox asks me to create a profile since there are no profiles found. I skip that and go to the system settings to check on the hard drive and it states my hard drive is unformatted.

I've removed it, reinserted it, and cleaned it out with air to no avail. As I looked through the forum topics searching for a solution, I noticed that there are many people that have run into this problem as of lately. Seems to be a peculiar coincidence. Or maybe it just happens all the time. Yes, I know that reformatting is an option, but I don't want to lose the saved data. Anybody have any luck with that as of yet?

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 9 Applies to:

I had a similar problem. I looked it up online and i found out my xbox (Xbox 360 slim) could no longer read my HDD so I sent my 360 in to Microsoft (still under warranty) and I will actually be getting it back tomorow. The only thing i can reccomend is creating a service repair and checkng the price (if your product is not under warranty).

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Hi Almoe!

I do not have much to offer in terms of fixing the HDD, but If you can locate the save files in question you do not want to lose, you can transfer them to a USB pendrive or HDD and create a backup of them to restore to the HDD when it is fixed. I often back up precious save files, you know, just in case :)

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Im having the exact same problem right now 9/30/12 @ 1:40 A.M. I had to go to church and now I cant get back into my hard drive...... I only had my account saved to the hardrive. any tips? I have alot of game progress that I dont want to lose and it would take years for me to get all the progress and achievements back not to mention the Halo Reach armor. any tips?

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Hey Caboose 323, could you start a new topic of your own, detailing your issues fully.

I can assure you though, game saves would be the only thing you wouldn't be able to recover in a worst case scenario. Your gamertag can be redownloaded, and it will be in the same state as when last connected to live, currently showing 15925 gamerscore, and anything you've previously downloaded can be redownloaded for free from download history.

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