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#6781 The Ebbtide

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:37 AM

My 250gb HD crashed today, hundreds of game saves gone poof!

I've had issues recently with games from my hard drive, so mine might be going soon too. Fortunately, my saves are on my flash drive, but I'd still be annoyed if my hard drive did crash. That definitely wouldn't help my interest in another Xbox system if my 360S models hard drive died when it was a replacement for an old 360 that would have been prone to the Red Lights of Death, which was a replacement for a system that did get the Red Lights of Death.

#6782 ooga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:13 PM

I tried the demo of Home Run Stars. Is swinging the bat all you can do in this game? If you were able to pitch or do more events, I must've missed that. Without much effort I was able to do perfect hits most of the time, so it seems like there's too little there to be worth 320 points or really worth paying anything at all. I got bored in 10 minutes... about 5 of which was navigating the Kinect menus.


You get to pitch if you play in duel mode. It's pretty rudimentary though. All you control is the type of pitch and the speed.
The game is pretty bare-bone when it comes to different modes. You could do worse at 320 MSPs. However, it won't be a game that you'll likely play very much after you beat all the computer opponents.

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#6783 maesto_bungle

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:13 PM

My 250gb HD crashed today, hundreds of game saves gone poof!


The same thing happened with a stock first-party 250GB hard drive with me about a year ago. It crushed me and I lost about 3 years of game saves, despite my endless attempts to connect it to my PC and talk with MS support.



There's nothing about a m$ HDD that makes it anything but a HDD. HDDs are warrantied for 3-5 years, because that is when they start failing. I don't trust m$ to not be such cheap bastards that they would put refurbished HDDs in theirs, which is probably why they only warranty the things for a year. m$ is also too crazy about piracy, so they make it a huge pain to backup your saves and data, and the only real option available is to buy a transfer cable and move everything to a new HDD.

You can make fun of it all you want, but I think you're way better off buying a new Scorpio Blue drive with a 3 year warranty, and putting that in a $2 eBay case. Even an OEM drive gives you two years. Won't protect your data, but at least when it fails you can reformat it and send it in for a replacement that'll last a year or two longer.

*Edit* Take it from someone who's lost their entire mp3/avi collections multiple times cause they didn't learn the first time that when you have a HDD that's 3 years old, you should be looking at replacing it regardless of any "warning signs." My last HDD that failed never had scandisk popping up on it detecting bad clusters, or SMART noticing anything. Just one day, poof - wouldn't detect that it was even there, even in BIOS.

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#6784 disilluzion

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:00 PM

Connect your HDD to PC and use Xplorer360.

I've been making monthly backups since 2005 with this program.

And I've been able to restore just fine when I've needed to.

#6785 BettercallPitPat

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:47 PM

Connect your HDD to PC and use Xplorer360.

I've been making monthly backups since 2005 with this program.

And I've been able to restore just fine when I've needed to.


sorry to keep OT, but it'd be amazing to be able to save my saves. would this work for connecting?
http://www.amazon.co...rds=sata to usb

it just needs sata to usb right?

#6786 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:03 PM

sorry to keep OT, but it'd be amazing to be able to save my saves. would this work for connecting?
http://www.amazon.co...rds=sata to usb

it just needs sata to usb right?


yeah, that ought to do nicely, and seems fairly inexpensive to boot;)
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#6787 disilluzion

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:22 PM

How big is your HDD?

I think the latest version of Xplorer360 only goes up to 250 GB.

There is also Xport 360, but I never had much luck with that program.

#6788 BettercallPitPat

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:47 PM

How big is your HDD?

I think the latest version of Xplorer360 only goes up to 250 GB.

There is also Xport 360, but I never had much luck with that program.


the dead (dying) drive is a 250gb. so im installing parallels on my mac so i can try this out and save my nerd legacy. With xplorer360-can I (provided the drive isnt fried) pull game saves, and stick them on a usb (and then back onto new xbox HDD)?

#6789 disilluzion

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:51 PM

Not sure, but you can extract the saves from the old drive, connect the new drive to your PC the same way, and import said extracted saves.

#6790 disilluzion

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:09 PM

FYI: All of the folders and files are hexadecimal. There used to be a list online of what is what but a Google search did not help me.

I only mention this because it sounds like you just want the saves. If you can't find a list, I would recommend just exporting the .iso from the old drive. It's a lot quicker than downloading all of your games again.

#6791 disilluzion

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

Found it: http://360.kingla.com/

#6792 BettercallPitPat

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:32 PM

Thanks for all the help. I'll update in a week if it worked or not.
On the plus side, my progress from battle block theatre carried over so it must be stored online. So I've got one!

#6793 disilluzion

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:51 PM

Does anyone have experience with license transfers?

I can't play Double Dragon or Test Drive Unlimited and I read on the Xbox forums that a license transfer might fix it.

If I do a license transfer, do I have to worry about losing anything? I'll do a backup first; I just want to make sure it won't be a mess.

#6794 Dthib87

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:14 PM

I had my HDD crash at the end of 2011 JUST before the cloud saving was launched. I luckily was able to access it just a bit so I could transfer saves to the cloud; only lost a few game saves. That was the official HDD. I tried a few cheap knock-of HDD and they all failed me in about a week's time. If you're going to get an HDD, shell out and get an official one.


My official one lasted a few weeks past the 12 month warranty... $50 knock off 320gb is approaching 2 years. knocking on wood...

#6795 yamayama

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:41 PM

sorry to keep OT


No worries. This has probably been some of the most useful and intelligent conversations had in this thread, haha. So thanks for that and thanks to everyone for providing insight and information about hard drives and stuff.

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#6796 E.Nich

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:25 PM

Does anyone have experience with license transfers?

I can't play Double Dragon or Test Drive Unlimited and I read on the Xbox forums that a license transfer might fix it.

If I do a license transfer, do I have to worry about losing anything? I'll do a backup first; I just want to make sure it won't be a mess.

Don't worry, you won't lose a thing. But be sure that you'll transfer to a console you will own for at least 6 months (as If I remember correctly, you won't be able to do another transfer until that time has passed).

#6797 msnk

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:28 PM

Is Joy Ride Turbo confirmed to be part of the weekly deals, or could it be a permanent price drop as well? Like the unannounced price drops in the OP.

I want to get it, but I can't find any confirmation or whatever.

#6798 tylerh1701

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:36 PM

Is Joy Ride Turbo confirmed to be part of the weekly deals, or could it be a permanent price drop as well? Like the unannounced price drops in the OP.

I want to get it, but I can't find any confirmation or whatever.


There doesn't seem to be any confirmation anywhere. The fact that it's a Gold Exclusive deal makes me think that it's a limited time deal, probably just for one week.

Regardless, I had a lot of fun with it so far, so even if you spend 400 MSP on it and it ends up being a permanent drop, I don't think you'll have a lot of regret. It's a good game and worth $5.

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#6799 Decker

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:57 PM

I imagine there's no real point in getting the SS3 BFE Jewel of the Nile DLC is there? I thought it was absurd that they put the multiplayer behind a $15 DLC wall. Now that it's $5 it's much more reasonable, but I imagine it's an online ghost town and I doubt I'm ever going to need the bonus levels.

That said, the original single-player game is a total deal at 400 points, so if you're thinking about that one, I'd say go for it.

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#6800 msnk

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:01 PM

There doesn't seem to be any confirmation anywhere. The fact that it's a Gold Exclusive deal makes me think that it's a limited time deal, probably just for one week.

Regardless, I had a lot of fun with it so far, so even if you spend 400 MSP on it and it ends up being a permanent drop, I don't think you'll have a lot of regret. It's a good game and worth $5.


That makes a lot of sense.

Thanks, I will nab it before it's (maybe) gone :-P

#6801 tylerh1701

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:36 AM

Finally played the 2 demos I was interested in for the week. Serious Sam 3 is a definite pass for me. I played about half of the first Serious Sam and it wasn't for me at all. I'm so glad there was a huge swarm section in the early part of the demo for 3, it reminded me how little I enjoy that style of gameplay.

Alternatively, I enjoyed Serious Sam Double D XXL more than I thought I would. I think I'll pick it up, feels like it's worth a playthrough for $5.

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#6802 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:51 AM

Finally played the 2 demos I was interested in for the week. Serious Sam 3 is a definite pass for me. I played about half of the first Serious Sam and it wasn't for me at all. I'm so glad there was a huge swarm section in the early part of the demo for 3, it reminded me how little I enjoy that style of gameplay.

Alternatively, I enjoyed Serious Sam Double D XXL more than I thought I would. I think I'll pick it up, feels like it's worth a playthrough for $5.


I felt the same way about 3, just got a bit bored with it. If it dropped to $2-3 on steam I might get it, but nowadays games without a good storyline are a particularly hard sell. Post-bioshock disorder I guess haha

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:23 AM

I liked the demo of Serious Sam Double D XXL well enough, but it felt very similar to Mommy's Best Games' indie title Weapon of Choice, which I added to my backlog a while ago when it was on sale. So with that in mind I'll pass.

Bummer that I bought Serious Sam BFE when it was on sale for 600 msp and haven't played it since, but I figured this day would come when the game dropped in price.
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#6804 Antarael Dulacre

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:26 AM

Finally played the 2 demos I was interested in for the week. Serious Sam 3 is a definite pass for me. I played about half of the first Serious Sam and it wasn't for me at all. I'm so glad there was a huge swarm section in the early part of the demo for 3, it reminded me how little I enjoy that style of gameplay.

Alternatively, I enjoyed Serious Sam Double D XXL more than I thought I would. I think I'll pick it up, feels like it's worth a playthrough for $5.


Hah same for me! =D Felt XXL was much better than SS3 =O so I bought XXL,
nothing for me this week anyway =)

#6805 gordojones88

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:53 AM

I keep all my saves on the standard MS 250GB HDD. A few times a year I plug in a USB stick and copy over any new game saves and then put the USB stick back in storage. Easy.
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#6806 tylerh1701

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:51 AM

I liked the demo of Serious Sam Double D XXL well enough, but it felt very similar to Mommy's Best Games' indie title Weapon of Choice, which I added to my backlog a while ago when it was on sale. So with that in mind I'll pass.

Bummer that I bought Serious Sam BFE when it was on sale for 600 msp and haven't played it since, but I figured this day would come when the game dropped in price.


Wow, never heard of that game, but just based on the screenshots, they look very similar.

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#6807 therealdanhill

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:03 AM

Wow, DLC for one game. Thanks Microsoft!

I don't get the decision to not have a GameCube disc reader on the system. Is it just to resell GCN games as eShop downloads later? Is it to keep the cost down? I can't imagine adding GameCube BC would cost a lot of money.

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#6808 tylerh1701

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:25 AM

Pricing and date rumors for some upcoming XBLA games.

Obviously just rumors at this point, but seems like it could be right. Though I'd be shocked if State of Decay isn't part of Summer of Arcade (which generally runs July-August).

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:37 AM

Pricing and date rumors for some upcoming XBLA games.

Obviously just rumors at this point, but seems like it could be right. Though I'd be shocked if State of Decay isn't part of Summer of Arcade (which generally runs July-August).

IF Summer of Arcade is still a thing. They didn't do the usual Spring promotion this year so I'm kinda skeptic and hopeful they don't do the Summer of Arcade thing.
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#6810 tylerh1701

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:03 AM

IF Summer of Arcade is still a thing. They didn't do the usual Spring promotion this year so I'm kinda skeptic and hopeful they don't do the Summer of Arcade thing.


Didn't even think of that. I'd love if they would skip Summer of Arcade this year.

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