Find solutions to common Xbox 360 Hard Drive problems.
Note Always use Microsoft authorized products for the best gaming experience.
If your Xbox 360 console doesn't detect an attached hard drive, try the following solutions in the order they are presented:
Warning When you format a storage device, all of the information saved on that device is erased and cannot be recovered. Before you format the drive, make sure you back up any information you want to keep another device.
For information about how to format a hard drive, see the “Format a storage device“ section of Xbox 360 storage.
Note Console registration is required to replace a hard drive under warranty. Repair or warranty questions? See Xbox 360 repair: Frequently asked questions.
If these steps don’t resolve the problem, repair your console (sign in with your Microsoft account, if prompted).
For information about this error code, see Error code E68 occurs and one red light flashes when you use your Xbox 360 console.
To search for other error codes, see the Xbox error code/status code search page.
Try the following:
Try turning your console off and then on again.
Note Not all items are transferable. If you receive this message, you can't transfer the item.
If you see a “Can’t perform action” error when you try to move, delete, or re-download your Xbox live profile, turn the console off and then on. Then, try to perform the action again.
If you are using a non-Microsoft (counterfeit) hard drive, the device may appear as “unformatted” and you may be prompted to format the hard drive. Try disconnecting your hard drive and then reconnecting it to see if it solves the problem. Also, try to clear the cache on the hard drive.
If these methods don’t solve the problem, contact Xbox Support.
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