Help with reformatting original HDD to work in 360 again.

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    Liam_ New Member

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    I have a 500GB original Xbox 360 E HDD. I also have a 250 GB that works fine also from an Xbox 360 E. I wanted to move all my data over to the 500GB from the 250GB but I didn't have the correct equipment at the time so I tried to clone the drive but now I know that would have never worked. Before I started I never knew about the 360 HDD Security Sector. After the clone not working I just reformatted the drive into FAT32 expecting it to work in the console but obviously it did not. I now have a few adapters and a large memory stick to properly move things over but the 500GB is no longer recognized by the console. I have now looked at all the HDDSS stuff with HDDhackr ECT but I gathered that I don't have to do that as the drive is an original Seagate Xbox 360 drive so it would already have the Security Sector, I also gathered that HDDHackr only works with WD drives. How would I get the original drive working with the console again?
     
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    If it doesn't show up and ask you to format it when you put the drive in the console all you can do is get a USB to SATA adaptor and use the drive via USB. Pretty sure no one has ever got an original drive working again sadly.
     
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    Thanks for letting me know. Looks like its time to get a WD drive, modify it and put that in instead.
     
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    Keep in mind you can use up to 2TB drivers as external drives now, which might be the better option depending on your requirements.

    Obviously the internal has the advantage of allowing the Xbox Classic emulator to be used however.
     

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