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Broken Hitachi Xbox 360 DVD Drive

After 6 months of use, the Hitachi DVD drive inside my xbox 360 console has broken. When i load any disc, the laser moves backwards and fowards on the inner part of the disc and Disc Unreadable appears.

What is the cause of this?

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  • ram1000 Jul 01, 2008

    Hitachi DVD Drive xbox 360 unreadable disc error


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First of all the cause is that this error is caused by the adhesive that holds a small magnetic washer heating up and allowing the washer to affix itself to the metal top of the drive. After this occurs, the system can no longer spin the disk as necessary. A great but temporary fix is to get a old cd or dvd, get a piece of paper put the cd/dvd into the console, and when the disk begins to spin jam the piece of paper into the top of the silver dvd drive. You will hear a grinding noise keep it going for about 15 seconds. That is the fix. A good precaution after the fix is to get a cleaning disk with optional fluid and go through the cleaning routine a good ten times. I would say if you have spare cash get a replacement laser module.

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