Hello everyone, I'm obviously new here and would like to send out my respects to all of the current members.
But lets get down and dirty.
So here's the deal, I just paid to have my x-box hard modded, I had been playing on it for like 3 days and then it froze and I had to Manually Power off. Now I'm a little new to hard modification however if My memory serves me well an X-Box HD is formatted with a FAT32 allocation table (common in windows nt, and windows 98). This File system (FAT32) is well known for losing system information, or corrupting system files when manually powering off, or if there is a power surge (lightning striking, car accident that took the power out, etc.). Thus the reason why MS came out with the NTFS File system,(most common in windows xp) since MS (and I'm not trying to defend ) prob had so many problems with in-experianced users just hitting the power button on the PC without going to start then shut down, and losing valuable system information. This most likely happend to my X-box when I manually powered off.
THE POSSIBLE FIX!
And don't hold me to it, but this did work for me. This may only work on X-box's with the Linux O/S (Operating system) If you have already replaced your IDE cable (Like I did try first because it would have been the easiest fix) and this still didn't work, then please try this next.
A modded xbox can have various O/S (Operating Systems) The most common However is Linux. To softmod an xbox you simply have to take the files from a very old and popular game called mechassualt
(you have to have the older version of mechassualt the one that has a serial code that reads: MS02301LL1)
This game has some vital linux system files on it. When i put the disc in, it didn't work straight out of the gate, however, I kept trying and finally I started playing with the controller attached to the X-box and Started hitting the 'A' (Green) button, As soon as I did this Mechassault started loading!!!! YAY!!! (I think hitting the 'A' button on the controller enables a forced start from a disc. I may be wrong however.) After I saw the Splash screen from mechassualt I ejected the disk without powering the xbox down. This forced the xbox to get passed the booting period and loaded the AVALAUNCH dashboard. When the avalaunch dashboard appeared it told me that it fixed a corrupt file. Since then my xbox has been running PRIME-O!!!
Of course when your X-box freezes it leaves you with minimal options (Such as Manually Powering down) If this does happen to you, then I really hope this fixes your problems as well as it did for me.
If this doesn't work then please no hate mail!
And Good Luck!