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My friend just recently learned about installing games onto your Xbox 360's harddrive, and he installed Grand Theft Auto, which he had since like 2009ish, and it was working fine, then he installed it, and it wont read the disc anymore or play at all. Also, he just got the Mass Effect game today, and installed it to his harddrive because he also likes the slower loads, and not hearing the monster jet-engine 360 yelling at him, "V-V-REERM! RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMM! YUMMY DISC! VRMMMMMM!!!!!!!! GIMME MOREEEEEE!!!!!!!! I'M HUNGRYYYYYY!!!!!!!!" and sounding like a demon, and Mass Effect keeps freezing at one spot. Any idea's, please? I'd love to hear them.

asked Jan 25 '11 at 00:31

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Installing games on the HDD will benefit your Xbox. This is because it does not need to read the disc as rapid as before and the game will run smoother. If it is freezing, uninstall the game and if the game disk has any scratches on it. If it does no matter how small get the disc resurfaced and try installing it again.

If it wont let you read the disc after installing, it sounds like you have a faulty Xbox. Try emailing Microsoft!

answered Jan 25 '11 at 02:47

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edited Jan 25 '11 at 02:49

I have never heard of that happening. Most of the time it is beneficial to the disc because once the game is on your hard drive you can load it without needing to put all the wear and tear on the disc. Maybe you should try the disc in a different Xbox and see if it works if it does then, uninstall the game from your Xbox and see if the game will run then if still no then you probably have a faulty Xbox.

answered Jan 25 '11 at 17:44

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Works fine for me. Maybe you have a defective Xbox? Try sending it in to Microsoft (assuming you are still covered under warranty).

answered Jan 25 '11 at 01:36

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Can ripping a CD damage the CD?

Answer being, if you have a faulty ODD that scratches or shakes it then maybe, but in good condition, no.

answered Jan 25 '11 at 12:21

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Tim Fontana

I had to install my GTA to prevent damage. The disc got cracked somehow so I had to stop the system from reading it so much. It works just fine. On the other hand, when I tried installing 3D Dot Game Heroes on my PS3 it refused to play the game until I uninstalled it.

Who knows what a game system is going to do in any given situation? Just gotta roll with it and figure out the quirks along the way.

answered Jan 25 '11 at 15:11

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Eric Fox

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