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    Exclamation Issues with WBFS formatted 80GB usb HDD for Wii. Please help!

    So I was cheap and I got a refurbished 80GB Samsung HDD, that came in some external usb drive case off of ebay (looks so small I think it might a laptop HDD, so maybe that may be one of the reasons it won't work right). It's all USB powered as well, no other power supply needs to be hooked up, just need to use a Y-shaped USB cable that comes with it. All the games I put on it were played perfectly before, using U_loader, and loaded on to a 8GB flash drive. When I hooked up the HDD to my computer it worked great and everything as well. So anyway, when I connect it to my Wii, i connect both USB plugs to the Wii and attempt to access it. This can be done, but shortly after accessing any game on the drive, it will not load. The HDD just doesn't get enough power from the Wii. So I figured, more power, and brought my laptop downstairs. I plugged the USB plug that is only for power, into the laptop USB slot. Then, I plugged the data USB plug from the HDD into the Wii as usual. This works, I can load any game now ... however ... the games will only be playable for maybe 5-10 min, then the HDD seems to just .... stop? Like it times out or something. I just bought a cheap wall outlet to USB power adapter ... to see if that might help before I consider buying a whole other HDD, it will not be here for a while though, but it was cheap and people said it did what it was supposed to. I was thinking it might be the software, but after all my results, I now highly doubt it's the software that I'm using. Could it be the HDD itself? Also, I noticed that only ONE of my USB slots on the Wii is capable of reading a USB device, both provide some power, but only one will read a flash drive and/or HDD, is that just how Wiis are or is it possibly just because of my software? At this point, I am thinking about just buying a 320GB Western Digital Essentials My Book - since people say they rock as a Wii HDD and because it has it's own separate power supply.


    Sorry for the long post. You guys need to know anything else just let me know!

    Hope someone can help me out and/or give me some insight.

    Also, sorry if I chose the wrong forum for this post.

    Thanks!

    - Chris

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    Some drives spindown after a predetermined time if they are not commanded to stay spinning. This is a known issue and affects quite a few devices. This is generally an editable setting but you will need to get the correct software for the hard drive and manually change the setting.

    Only one port on the Wii is used for USB devices running off cIOS.

    The WD devices do seem to be the best out there, I have the 320GB USB powered passport and it works great.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    There's definitely compatibility issues with some usb enclosures, or it could be a drive spindown problem. Either way seems like a lot of headache to fix it.

    I would second TealC's recommendation and get a WD Passport, no need for the external power and works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    Some drives spindown after a predetermined time if they are not commanded to stay spinning. This is a known issue and affects quite a few devices. This is generally an editable setting but you will need to get the correct software for the hard drive and manually change the setting.

    Only one port on the Wii is used for USB devices running off cIOS.

    The WD devices do seem to be the best out there, I have the 320GB USB powered passport and it works great.

    do you have a name to the software where you can change that setting...

    thanks

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    It depends on the maker of the drive as each will have their own suite of software. In some cases these software apps do not allow connection through USB either which complictaes things.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    ok i will have to look when i get home... i have fedex deliverying a HDD enclosure today and i have a WD 160GB IDE sitting waiting for the enclosure and we will see what happends... Thanks though for the info.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by emuhack View Post
    ok i will have to look when i get home... i have fedex deliverying a HDD enclosure today and i have a WD 160GB IDE sitting waiting for the enclosure and we will see what happends... Thanks though for the info.....


    Good luck. IMO enclosures are not recommended since it reduces compatibility and makes troubleshooting problems harder. As TealC pointed out, you often can't use manufacturer utilities with this set u, since it's no long an internal drive, and it's not recognized as an external drive.
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    we will see..... hahahahahahaha


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    Just to let everyone know.... I orderd an Inland IDE hdd enclosure (walmart $20) and i have not a 160gb (as stated earlier) but a 60gb WD hdd and i formated it WBFS and everything works great have all games working and reading fine....

    So im sure we all have a bunch of IDE drives laying around and for 20 bucks you got yourself a WBFS drive....

    yay

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    It sounds like your hardrive is going into its sleep mode. There is nothing you can do other than use a different drive.
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