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I just bought a new disc drive for my xbox 360 and installed it but now it reads all my games as dvds, did I forget a step or do something wrong installing or is my new drive worthless?

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The motherboard and the firmware for the DVD drive are paired. You cannot simply replace the drive with another. In order to properly replace the drive you must have the KEY from your old drive's firmware to input into your new drive so the games can be de-coded and signed software work properly.

There are tutorials and hardware available on the internet to do this.

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