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Wont read disk

Ok i just bought a used xbox 360 20 GB hard drive and when ever i put in a disk it says cant read disk please check if dirty, ect. but when i take off the hard drive it works just fine...and i just want to know if i need to take the hard drive back or hook up the xbox to the internet and get an update

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  • keonantoine Jan 07, 2009

    i just got a {brand new} 20 gig hard drive and when i put it in my 360 doesnt even read the hard drive i dont think the drive is corrupted because no red lights come on but it just doesnt read it

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I had that problem i took it back to the shop and swapped it now it works fine

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