ANSWERED Error E 68

xlartx

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Hi everyone! I'm sorry if this post doesn't belong in here, but since I've been lurking the forums for a while now and didn't find an solution to my issue, I thought I might as well post it in the noob room...
A friend of mine lent me his xbox to check on it because it was faulty. After I turned it on I got the (in)famous "E 68" error. Since I already knew a bit about it and nothing at all was connected to the console, I unnatached the Hard Drive, restarted, and *poof*, it worked like a charm again. So, question would be, since I already know the hard drive is faulty; is there any way to fix it? Thanks in advance for any answer you might give me!
 

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Just in case you decide to try and save it using any method, try hooking it up to the pc to pull the save games and stuff off of it first. Also a side tip. When my original hard drive stopped working having the box laying on it's side instead of standing straight up allowed me to pull my saves before it completely bit the dust.
 
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xlartx

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um....replace the HDD?
That's the obvious and most simple answer. Yet, what I'm trying to do is perhaps salvage the HDD I still have? Or rather, wondering if it's still usable in any way (besides paperweight). Still, thank you!

EDIT: just in case it wasn't made clear on the original post, what I'm trying to do is fix the HDD, if such a thing is possible. I already tried using the xbox without the hard drive, and took notice it was completely fine :D
 
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xlartx

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Just in case you decide to try and save it using any method, try hooking it up to the pc to pull the save games and stuff off of it first. Also a side tip. When my original hard drive stopped working having the box laying on it's side instead of standing straight up allowed me to pull my saves before it completely bit the dust.
Yes, I read somewhere else that it was perhaps possible to retrieve the saved data from it by connecting it to the PC. I'll try it soon!
 

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You can't 'fix' a HDD without specialist equipment, even then you're probably going to lose some data. You might be able to salvage what you have on there, but that take a little more than just connecting the drive to a PC.
 

xlartx

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You can't 'fix' a HDD without specialist equipment, even then you're probably going to lose some data. You might be able to salvage what you have on there, but that take a little more than just connecting the drive to a PC.
Oh well, there goes that. I had my hopes up because I read somewhere that it was possible that it could work again if you deleted its cache (or something of the sort) manually. But since it didn't go into detail, I didn't try. If I was to try and recover the data from it, what would it take, then?
 

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You'd need a clean room and specialist tools to replace whatever part of the drive has faulted. There's a reason why recovery business charge what they do.
 

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And by clean room he means a room specifically created to keep all dust out. Opening a hard drive is a lot more involved and difficult than physically swapping out a bad hard drive with a new one. If you manage to take apart a hard drive then get dust on any of the platters your hard drive can get messed up pretty quick. That's what the room is dedicated to. Keeping dust out. Then you need to be able to take apart the hard drive and put it back together while keeping the hard drive platters nice and perfect otherwise soon to be dead hard drive. Google "Hard Drive Platters" to get more info and pics to give yourself a better idea.
One thing I tried before that was able to help me get info from a drive before it died was using a program called fatxplorer. You can hook your drive up to the pc and if it's not too far gone you might be able to use it to recover some info. It is a program that you can use free for 7 days before you have to buy it. It's something that helped me out and I think is a pretty cool tool. Its easy to use and it comes with documentation to teach you how to use it. I think this would be the method I would use before trying to reformat it and try again if that was your plan. It also comes with backup features, look into those before you format the hard drive.
 
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