My 360 has come back from the dead! Well, it wasn’t technically “dead” when I packed it up in a coffin and mailed it back to Microsoft. But it was certainly screaming in pain whenever it had a disk in it. The noise was rediculous.
I finally broke down and had it fixed and I must say, the new drive is much quieter. I discovered that Xbox 360 games do, in fact, have an audio track! It took 14 days from when I dropped it off at UPS until the fixed Xbox arrived. Plus they tagged on a month of Xbox Live. Not bad.
So while I think it’s shitty that I had to drop $100 to fix a stupid problem like this, I am happy to have a working system again.