The Xbox 360 is the second game console made by Microsoft, and was released November 22, 2005.

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Why isn't my Xbox reading my Hard drive?

This morning, I turned on my Xbox 360, and it red ringed the 1st, 3rd, and 4th ring. Now, my Xbox won't access the hard drive no matter what I try. I've only had it for three years. Any suggestions?

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Does the console boot up at all?


@acidict are you saying it does not access your hard drive while it is showing a RROD? Check the secondary error code by pressing and holding the sync button and click the eject button 4 times, noting how many lights come on. When it flashes 4 lights, that means 0. Let us know what you find.

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Yeah, I'm not too sure what happened, but something must've been corrupt and the Xbox must've tried deleting it, but ended up deleting everything. I tried the advice, but nothing worked to solve it. So I just formatted the hard drive and I'm planning on getting a new one soon. Fortunately, I didn't have much game data actually saved to the hard drive itself.

Though I don't know why the Xbox 360 recognized it as an external device and not a hard drive. It's fine now, but I wish I would've backed up my data sooner.


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@acidict the three red lights on the Ring of Light indicate that a General Hardware Failure error occurred. This would be a "General Hardware Failure" Try this :"Check the secondary Error Code:

Try restarting the console.

If restarting the console does not resolve the behavior, follow these steps:

Turn the console off.

Unplug all the power and AV cables from the console.

Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.

Firmly reconnect all the cables.

Turn on the console.

If these steps do not resolve the behavior, turn the console off, remove the hard drive, and then turn on the console. If the 3x Red LED error light is no longer displayed, turn the console off, re-attach the hard drive, and then turn on the console.

Also examine the lights on the power supply. When you turn on the console, the power supply light should illuminate green even if the three lights on the RoL flash red." from here. If this did not resolve anything, it is time to either fix it yourself with these guides and parts, or have the motherboard professional reballed.

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