Accidentally formatted HDD on pc how to re format / Device now not reconized

Discus and support Accidentally formatted HDD on pc how to re format / Device now not reconized in XBoX on Consoles to solve the problem; So to start, thank you to everyone who took the time to read this. I recently obtained a used Xbox 360 slim. I planned on using this console for my... Discussion in 'XBoX on Consoles' started by R3gulate, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. R3gulate
    R3gulate Guest

    Accidentally formatted HDD on pc how to re format / Device now not reconized


    So to start, thank you to everyone who took the time to read this.

    I recently obtained a used Xbox 360 slim. I planned on using this console for my younger boys. The console has a 250gb Microsoft HDD inside. I have an old phat xbox 360 with a small 25 gb hdd or something of that size. So I thought I would use the transfer
    cable I have to move some of the DLC I have through my computer. The drive was fully functional and contained some data from the previous owner. Now here comes the silly thing I did. Instead of formatting the drive through the console I used my pc to format
    it to exfat. The device no longer displayed on the console and was only recognized by my pc. I tried to use software to convert to fat32 but still didn't recognize the device. I'm not sure what to do at this point. If anyone can help or has any ideas I would
    greatly appreciate it. The 360 has not been online for a long time needs some updates but the device was discoverable and usable to start.

    :)
     
    R3gulate, Mar 25, 2020
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  2. WPAK Win User

    Accidentally formatted HDD on pc how to re format / Device now not reconized

  3. ArminatorX Win User

    Accidentally formatted HDD on pc how to re format / Device now not reconized

    Depending on how you formatted the drive, you might accidentally have destroyed the partition and security sector of the drive.

    If you insert the drive into the console and go to the storage settings, try if the console detects a device, and if you can let the console prepare it as a storage device.

    If that doesn't happen, I'm afraid you erased the security sector of the drive that makes this a "genuine" Xbox 360 drive, and not just a Storage device like an USB drive. And in that case, you can only hope that Microsoft still services Xbox 360 accessories.
    Since they don't make any Xbox 360 spare parts anymore, they don't service Xbox 360 consoles.

    If you're lucky, they might still be able to write their "secret stuff" onto the drive again to make it a real Xbox 360 drive.

    If not, then you have now an unusable Xbox 360 hard drive, I'm afraid.

    In order to know if the drive can be "rewritten" by Microsoft, contact the official support via
    https://support.xbox.com/contact-us
  4. KILLERHEDAKE Win User

    format xbox 360 harddrive

    Formatted how? Through transfer cable from xbox to hdd or pc to hdd?
  5. medium bloke Win User

    USB empty

    If you moved everything to the USB before you formatted the HDD, then it should all still be on the USB. The USB had to be formatted to store Xbox 360 content before it could be used. If there's nothing on the USB if you moved everything to it before you
    formatted the HDD, then you may have accidentally formatted the USB by mistake.
  6. MagnaMorbius Win User

    NOTHING IS WORKING. External Hard Drive

    Attach your HDD to your PC or Laptop to confirm that the HDD itself is still working; physical impacts or power surges can affect the data on the device. If the device shows on your PC or Laptop as needing formatting, then it will still be in the Xbox One
    format. Try a different USB port on the Xbox One and place the device in this, and then perform the hard shutdown and restart of your console. Hope this helps.
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