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I bought a 250gb hard drive that plugs into the usb on my xbox. it came wit a disc that i plugged into my computer ran the program like it told me to. then when i tried to plug it into the back of my xbox 360 pro it does not recognize the hard drive. what am i doing wrong? do i need the orginial hard drive for this one to work? I'm so lost i don't know what to do.

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Your problem is the hard drive is formatted as "NTFS". Dont worry its not complicated. All I am talking about is the method in which the hard drive stores data.

Your Hard Drive needs to be "FAT32".

PLEASE SAVE ALL YOUR FILES OFF OF THE HARD DRIVE

Right click My Computer - > Manage - > Select Disk Management under Storage.

Here you can remove the NTFS partition and recreate it using FAT32.

When you go into Disk Management, right click the partition and choose Delete Partition. Make sure its ont he right Hard Drive! Double check. Then right click in the blank space and choose Create New Partition (I think that's it). Then right click the new partition and choose Format. Select Fat32 for File System. At that point you should be done.


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