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    Wii hacked, having problem with hard drive

    This forum is great! I've managed to hack my wii and to back up all my games on hard disk. But there is one problem. I've connected my old sata hard drive with appropriate cables with wii and when I turn on disk (plug it in the socket), my TV screen shows couple annoying horizontal lines. There is interference in the system - is it because hard disk is outside - unshielded? What can I do to remove interference?

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    It seems to me that there is something seriously wrong here. First of all, a connected disc should never cause interference in the wii or the television. First thing that comes to mind is that the disc might simply be broken, causing the interference you described. Another possibility is that you incorrectly connected the drive. Normally, it is not possible to directly connect a SATA drive to USB. To do this, an adapter is needed. There exist some cables which include this adapter in the cable. It could be that you are using this. If you are not using an adapter, this is probably your problem. Regardless, even if you have an adapter, I would still recommend a casing, to prevent damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bliepo View Post
    It seems to me that there is something seriously wrong here. First of all, a connected disc should never cause interference in the wii or the television. First thing that comes to mind is that the disc might simply be broken, causing the interference you described. Another possibility is that you incorrectly connected the drive. Normally, it is not possible to directly connect a SATA drive to USB. To do this, an adapter is needed. There exist some cables which include this adapter in the cable. It could be that you are using this. If you are not using an adapter, this is probably your problem. Regardless, even if you have an adapter, I would still recommend a casing, to prevent damage.
    Hello! Few days ago I've replied but my reply isn't visible. Anyway...
    HDD is working - it's not broken or something. It's regular SATA HDD which was used in computer for couple of years. HDD is connected with WII over original adapter cables. From HDD leads SATA cable to middle section. There you can connect SATA or IDE. From middle section there goes USB cable into WII. I've bought this cable on ebay two weeks ago. HDD is connected to power supply with another cable. I've concluded this:
    1. when connecting normal USB stik to WII, there is no interference - everything works as it should be
    2. When I disconnect HDD power supply interference is gone - which is normal because HDD shuts down
    3. When I disconnect USB cable and leave power cable connected - interference is gone. In my opinion nothing is wrong with HDD, HDD spins but there is no data transfer (cable is disconnected). To me it looks like data transfer is causing interference.

    My tv is JVC lcd 5 years old and nothing is wrong with him. With long cable I've moved HDD from WII two meters away and plugged HDD in different power socket - interference was still there - so it's not HDD's fault - it is too far away...
    I don't understand - if there is problem with data cable, what to do? It is original cable for connecting SATA/IDE HDD to USB... Cable is shielded like any other cable - only middle section isn't shielded...

    Guys, what to do? Help!

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    FYI, your post was "moderated" as you're a new user and your post included an external link. Thats why it didn't show up.

    If you've tried with a USB stick and it worked without issues, then you already know that the hard drive (or some permutation of hard drive and power supply) is the culprit. The adapter you got is intended for temporary use, for quick transfer from a hard drive to another. Such a thing was never intended for long-term use. If you're getting interference on an unshieleded piece of electronics, the natural reaction would be to shield it. If you're unwilling to do this, unfortunately you're likely not going to get a lot of support here, as what you're trying to do most of us would consider to be in poor form.

    There are many inexpensive enclosures that will do the same type of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluPhant View Post
    FYI, your post was "moderated" as you're a new user and your post included an external link. Thats why it didn't show up.

    If you've tried with a USB stick and it worked without issues, then you already know that the hard drive (or some permutation of hard drive and power supply) is the culprit. The adapter you got is intended for temporary use, for quick transfer from a hard drive to another. Such a thing was never intended for long-term use. If you're getting interference on an unshieleded piece of electronics, the natural reaction would be to shield it. If you're unwilling to do this, unfortunately you're likely not going to get a lot of support here, as what you're trying to do most of us would consider to be in poor form.

    There are many inexpensive enclosures that will do the same type of thing.

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    I didn't knew that my post has been moderated since I haven't received anything from moderator. Never mind. I took this cable as short-term solution and I plan to buy HDD enclosure in the near future. I didn't mean to sound rude or anything, I was just curious about reason of interference since I haven't dealt with something like this before. I will post here results with enclosure. Thanks for your effort.

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    Nothing struck me as rude @ all. Good luck w/ it and do post back once you've gotten it sorted. If you have any information to share about isolating the cause, it would be interesting if only from an academic perspective.

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