One day playing halo 3 my disc drive starts making extremely weird and loud noises like the something scratching against something, so i frantically pulled the disc out but there was absolutely no sign of any scratch on the disc. I hadnt been playing that long either. Now whenever i play a game it says unplayable disc or "please insert into xbox 360 console to play". Is the disc motor shot or something and do i need to buy a whole new one or is this under warranty?
what has most likely happened is that the magnet which holds disks in place has dis-lodged and is now stuck to the roof of the dvd drive. Unfortunately the only way to resolve this would be to open up the xbox 360 and open up the dvd drive to fix.
So if you're not confident at this or in doubt in any way I'd contact Microsoft first if it's still under warranty, if not then it's a case of opening up the drive yourself I'm afraid.
Note. Does the drive attempt to spin up when you put a disk in?
Or does it just make small noises then nothing except "open tray" on screen?
However you have to make sure what type of disc driver is it if its a samsung one and you buy a hitachi drive it wont work. Whatever disc drive you xbxo 360 originally came with you have to replace with the same exact one other wise the 360 wont read it properly. Plus if you hear your disc scratching its probably the laser inside of the disc driver. Currently that i am aware of microsoft disc drives inside of the 360 are screwy due to the fact that their laser gets too close to the disc and scracthes it so. Your probably better off on buying a new one but make sure its the same type as your original one or it wont work.
If it isnt the magnet issue (hitachi drive only) then the solution is the drive isnt spinning the disc, in which case open the console, open the drive top, and hand spin your disc on the spindle for about a minute or so, make sure you push the laser block to the back of the drive, and when you power it up it should spin.
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Moving the Xbox 360 while turned on can result in the disc spinning against hard plastic resulting in deep circular scratches. When moving the Xbox, make sure it is empty of discs and the power is off. It is recommended to have the Xbox parallel to the ground but you may also stand it up for convenience purposes.
If this ever happens to you I recommend going to Blockbuster or something and renting a copy of the scratched up game for one day After you have done this follow these steps.
1. Insert the disk, make sure it is readable i.e. playable
2. In the My Xbox section of the Xbox Dashboard scroll all the way to the left until you have the option "play game" now press Y
3. When you press Y you will enter the game details section, scroll down to the Install Game option.
4. Wait a while for the game to install (this will take up some drive space but it shouldn't be too horrible)
5. after the game is installed you Xbox will use the downloaded files to play the game. Insert your original scratched up disk and try to play it. You should be good to go from there.
6. If this still doesn't work your disk is beyond repair
Check to see if there are any scratches or laser burn marks on the discs. Scratches or marks on discs will render game discs unplayable or will freeze the game and will often show a message stating “Disc Read Error” or something to that effect. Best remedy for starters, is to clean the discs and make sure there are no scratches or marks left on the play-side of the discs. A common problem that Xbox owners are reporting is if the console is moved during play, a whirring noise is heard and then when the disc is removed, very visible laser burn rings are found on the disc.
Laser burn, looks like complete or partial circular scratches around your disc, also known as “the ring of death”. This occurs to discs when the games console has been moved whilst playing, from an upright to a horizontal position or vice versa or simply knocked against or the wires may have been just tripped upon. Discs are then impaired by a ring of laser burn, which is a circular scratch into the disc. Some home remedies may help with very light scratches on some discs but professional disc repair services is usually required to repair any scratches or laser burn on discs.
For further help on Xbox & Xbox 360 disc repairs, visit:
www.discREPAIR.ie Check the “More Info” & “FAQ” Sections for further details on disc repairs and related matters or to get scratched discs repaired back to "As Good As New Condition".
If this laser burn scenario is consistently happening to your game discs especially if the console has not been moved or bumped against while the discs is in play, the games console itself may require repair. You should contact Microsoft for assessment and guidelines.
The Xbox 360 does not like to be moved when playing a disk some of the mechanics may have misaligned or slightly out of sync this may be reason the DVD drive is making those sounds.
I strongly recommend you remove any visible dust from the 360 especially the sides and air vent holes using a vacuum cleaner. Once youve cleaned it place it horizontal (never on carpet) on a flat surface well ventilated away from other devices that generate a lot of heat.
As for the 'shredding sound', place in **** game into the 360 when it starts to make those sounds again gently tap the 360 on top (where the DVD drive is) until it stops making that sound. This doesnt always work but has for me and many others.
My experience tells me that dust can build up not only inside the 360 but also the drive itself which can lead disc read errors and the sounds and you mentioned.
Remember DUST and HEAT is the 360's biggest enemy and can cause RROD, 1 Red Light Problem, and disk errors.
your halo 3 disc is scratched. I can't see how big the scratch is but a minor scratch will allow you to play some campaign missions. My suggestion would be to borrow a friends halo 3 disc and install it to your hard drive. This solution would allow you & your friends to play campaign together
A common problem that XBOX owners are reporting is if the console is moved during play, a whirring noise is heard and then when the disc is removed, very visible laser burn rings are found on the disc.
Laser burn, looks like complete or partial circular scratches around your disc, also known as “ring of death marks”. This occurs to discs when the games console has been moved whilst playing, from an upright to a horizontal position or vice versa or simply knocked against or the wires may have been just tripped upon. Discs are then impaired by a ring of laser burn, which is a circular scratch into the disc. Some home remedies may help with very light scratches on some discs but a professional disc repair service is usually required to repair any scratches or laser burn on discs. XBOX laser burn discs can be fixed!!!
For further help on XBOX & XBOX 360 disc repairs, visit:
Check the “More Info” & “FAQ” Sections for further details on game disc repairs and related matters.
If this laser burn scenario is consistently happening to your game discs especially if the console has not been moved or bumped against while the discs is in play, the games console itself may require repair. Check your garauntee and contact Microsoft for assessment and guidelines.
First get some disc cleaner, and clean any scratches. If that doesn't work, the only way fix your disc would be to mod your 360, and to use a program called xbox backup creator, to make a backup of your original copy. If you go this route, get a Samsung SH-D162C, or SH-D162A if you have SATA. This is the only dvd-rom that can be altered to read 360 discs, and you might need it if your 360 drive can't read all of the Halo disc. Note: for the obvious reasons you run a high risk of getting booted from xbox live, I got booted and never once played any of my backups online.