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I'm updating the Xbox 360 software, but it stops midway and says "updated failed". I've done this a few times but I get the same error every time. What gives?

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Does it provide any status code for the failure? –  Oak Jan 28 '11 at 21:27
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Sometimes inserting some external storage helps.

  1. Insert a USB flashdrive

  2. Go to Settings > Storage Settings > 1st option (to use the flashdrive as a memory unit for the Xbox)

OR

  1. Open the hidden hard disk cover near the cooling vent.
  2. Insert your Hard disk

Now try updating again. It will work.

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You could try to clear your HDD cache. You need to enter a key combination at the storage device management screen. Microsoft has a guide for this.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971755

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