After researching why I was unable to successfully play Halo 2 on my Xbox 360, I found numerous articles that have brought me to the conclusion that I bought a counterfeit hard drive off of eBay a couple years ago. (source 1, source 2)

Sadly, it seems like I"m not going to be playing Halo 2 with this hard drive since it is missing the second partition that allows for reverse compatibility with original Xbox titles. According to the sources I"ve read, my only option is to get a new hard drive.

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While I really don"t want to have to buy a new Xbox hard drive, would it be possible for me to play original Xbox titles using an official Xbox 360 flash drive?

I saw one of this nifty 8GB storage flash drives, and I think that would work best for me if they work with the second partition that my Xbox seems to lack. It"s the 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk that I"m looking at.

Hopefully I can get to play some original Xbox games with a flash drive!

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No, you need a Microsoft Hard Drive for your Xbox 360.

The flash units that you can pop into the front of the Xbox only provide space for save games and do not come with the requisite software to support Xbox games. The ones that says certified by Microsoft or certified for Xbox, like that sandisk unit, only means they match the speed requirements the Xbox 360 places on these units.

So, your only option is to buy a new disk.

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You CAN use a non-Microsoft hard drive. I had a non-Microsoft hard drive that was from EBay and it did not allow me to play Xbox originals. I was able to modify it to allow me to play originals. Here is how:

Remove the hard drive from your Xbox if it isn"t already.

You can plug your hard drive into your computer via an Xbox transfer cable or by wiring it directly to the motherboard (Don"t worry, you will not harm your computer if you follow the directions) if you have a transfer cable, you will not need to do this but for those who don"t, here is how you can plug in your hard drive into your computer.

a. Turn off your computer.b. Open the side panel of your computer by removing the screws.c. Locate your CD drive.d. Be sure to Mitigate any possibility of static discharge (keep one hand on the outer shell of the computer or use a special anti-static band).e. Unplug the two cables from the CD drive.f. Plug the two cables from the CD drive into your non-Microsoft hard drive.

Once you have connected your hard drive, make sure you have Xplorer360, if you don"t, get it from the description of the video link below.

Also download the partition2 file from the description of the video.

Open Xplorer360 and select Drive>Open>Harddrive or Memcard

Your hard drive should now open and you should see a list of partitions. Click drive>Restore Partition2.

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Now navigate to the partition2 that you downloaded from the video (and extracted) and click Ok.

The partition should start to restore and when it finishes, your hard drive will play Xbox Originals. Unplug your hard drive (Unplug your hard drive from the computer and plug the cables back into the CD drive if you used that method)