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So I was going to go downstairs and watch the Lakers game, when I decided to stick my 16GB Patriot Xporter USB drive into my Xbox and put MW3 onto it because my disk was having some problems. If you don't already know, you can install games onto a USB drive or your Xbox HDD.

Anyway, I let the game install and then I went downstairs, and I planned on staying there for a good 2-3 hours while watching the Lakers game. Around 10 minutes after I went back upstairs to get my cell phone, and I noticed that the install was stopped at 39% due to a disk error. I removed the USB drive and immediately dropped it because of how hot it was. It felt like touching a frying pan that was on the stove! The plastic around my Patriot Xporter has become slightly deformed. Keep in mind this happened in only 10 minutes!

The USB drive doesn't even work anymore, it failed. That's how hot it got.

Just want to warn people to make sure your USB's don't overheat when you stick them in your Xbox and leave them there. I'm glad I came back upstairs, my Xbox is on the edge of my desk, and the plastic would have melted onto my carpet causing a house fire!

I'll be contacting Microsoft about this and requesting money for a new USB drive.
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Wow. You must snap a pic.
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Wow. You must snap a pic.

I actually tried taking pictures, but the lighting makes it look like a normal USB drive with nothing wrong with it. It didn't get very deformed, but the plastic near the lettering is shinier and you can tell that heat was applied.

When I pulled it out of the Xbox though it was so hot that I couldn't even hold it. I let it rest on my desk for a minute.
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Yikes that sucks. Good thing you caught it in time like you said.. wonder if Microsoft would have covered a house fire. wha-smiley.png



By the way, go Nuggets. tonguesmiley.gif
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Ever thought it was the explorer patriot and NOT the Xbox's fault? I have some drives that COOK just being plugged in, while others remain cool.

I'd be hard pressed to find that the reason for all the trouble is the Xbox...

This is like saying "my keyboard's M key stopped working, so It must be my computers fault"
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Ever thought it was the explorer patriot and NOT the Xbox's fault? I have some drives that COOK just being plugged in, while others remain cool.
I'd be hard pressed to find that the reason for all the trouble is the Xbox...
This is like saying "my keyboard's M key stopped working, so It must be my computers fault"
Might be the USB port regardless. Might be the "keyboard" or USB drive as well. Only way to tell is to get a different USB stick and try the same thing again
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I would check the USB driver first. I had something like that happen with my pc with a usb drive. I thought it was a faulty usb port. It ended up being the usb was heating up
    
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Your usb flash drive probably failed, I have a couple of flash drives that run hot but never that hot. Though i know a couple of people who use those Patriot Xporter drives and have had nothing but problems. I would go with a more reliable flash drive over performance.

Also Microsoft will do nothing as it probably wasnt the xboxs fault, usb ports only supply a certain amount of power. I would retest with another flash drive, just make sure you use one with better cooling, being wrapped in rubber isnt the best thing for heat dispersion.
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Might be the USB port regardless.

This is horribly doubtful. Nine times out of ten it's the offending peripheral.
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xporter while cheap and having good reviews on newegg arent built very well.
i have the xt 8gb and pulling it out of my computers usb slot it bent. it is only used to reinstall w7. i use it maybe a total of 3 times.. now it doesnt work.

flash drives aren't intended to constantly be accessed, and this is what running a game on them does. to cut cost they use lower grade parts.
if you would like to continue to use flash drives upgrade to a usb 3.0 w/ metal case. plastic is an insulator.
the usb 3.0 drives are intended to take a bit more punishment. the metal will help displace heat.

you can test your xbox 360 usb to see if that was the case by taking a junk or extra usb cord splice it and test the + / - with a multimeter.
the port should output 5v @ 0.5amps. amps can vary from about 500 mA to 900 mA and these are well within the normal ability of a usb drive.
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