Help with HD / possible spindown issue?
I'm not sure what exactly would be the best system info to post for this question, so rather than posting a wall of non-essential specs up here, please let me know what will best help troubleshoot the following issue:
I've had homebrew on my wii for a few months now. I've learned what I can and fuddled through most of my issues myself with the help of online resources, but now I'm stuck with a frustrating issue where my backed-up games tend to crash after a short while of playing them. Here's what I can offer as far as my setup:
I'm using USB Loader GX to load my backups. I've had my hard drive (where the games reside) for a couple of months now. It's a 750GB Western Digital "green drive" but it's in a MyBook enclosure, so I don't know the exact model. When I initially set it up, the drive was formatted to NTFS. I experienced issues with it (especially loading and transferring data), so I reformatted the whole thing to WBFS and a lot of my issues cleared up. It seems more compatible, so I've stuck with it.
Granted there are a few games on my drive that just don't play at all, you hit start and it goes black, every time. I've accepted a couple of bad apples in the mix, for whatever reason. But my real issue is with the rest of the games that seem to play fine, but after a little while of playing them, they freeze up / crash, etc. From what I've gathered doing a bit of looking around online, this might be a "spindown" issue with the hard drive, but I'm not positive.
Does anyone know what might be causing my games to freeze up or crash after 45 minutes to an hour of playing them? What can I do for a solution?
Retired WiiHacks Staff
You need to download and install "western digital smartware", I believe that's what its called. From that app you can disable any power saving and spin down mode your drive may have.
Hi cjizzle thanks for your response.
I've done some more looking around since my post, just to learn what I can about my situation. And I've found some resources explaining that spin down issues were remedied in a cIOS update a little while back, and that what most people (noobs, myself included) think might be a sleep / spindown issue is actually something else.
The most common answer I've seen is to update cIOS, so my question is two-fold: Is updating cIOS a good idea for me to try before I go digging into my HDD? And, can anyone point me to the best resource that would guide me through that process?
Extra Credit: I'd love it if anyone could explain why an update might work and what exactly it fixes relating to my symptoms. THANKS!!!
Retired WiiHacks Staff
Regardless of the cIOS you still need to disable the mfg power saving mode if it is enabled. I would try that route first.
If you want to update your cIOS take a look at the d2x guide below in my sig. I would recommend you use the wad install method. Below is a change log for all the versions of d2x. Version 9 is still in beta, which is why version 8 is the latest in the d2x guide. If you want the v9's check out the GX thread in my sig. A link to them is near the bottom of the first post.
Hi again, thanks for your help thus far. Since your last post above, I have done more research on the software I might need to disable spindown / power saving. My drive is a WD7500ACS Caviar Green Drive. From what I've found, Western Digital does not provide any smartware or other resource by which to disable power saving or spindown on this drive.
I've read in some other forums that there is a cIOS available that fixes this issue globally with a function that frequently talks to the HDD to prevent spindown. Can anyone tell me about that and whether it might help me?