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Hard Drive unformatted Deleting Errow

I try to "format" my unformatted hard drive. i just bought this xbox with no drive so i used my old drive which was perfectly fine when i used it. And it says blah blah blah put your console serial number so i did. and when its deleting it says theres a problem and it wont delete it all.. HELP?!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You need to clear the cache. You can call microsoft at 1-800-4myxbox, and they will guide you through the process. It may take 10-15 minutes to do but you have probably spent more time than that being frustrated.

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You may try this solution that helped me before

How to recover deleted formatted files after memory card or computer...

It's easy to follow and works well for me.

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