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    USB Hard Drive ticking noise with USB Loader

    Hi everyone ,

    I need to post this up and hopefully at the right place. I have a 250GB Western Digital My Passport USB hard drive. I don't believe it was making this ticking sound before, when I got it about three months ago. It only does it when I have Configurable USB Loader running. The ticking noise only last for a second and happens every 5-10 seconds. I'm not sure if this is normal when on my USB loader? If I'm anywhere else on my Wii, like the System Menu, it doesn't do it. If it's really normal, then I'll ignore. I just don't like the sound it makes. Last, my hard drive is formatted to WBFS. Any advise?

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    Usually when harddrives make clicking noises, they're near their end.
    But as you say it's only in config USB loader and not anywhere else, so maybe the loader isn't constantly asking for the drive to be active.

    My own harddrive makes a (pretty loud) click when it's turned off but it's constantly powered when turned on (no matter if the USB is connected or not) so I can't tell.
    (By the way, also a Western Digital only 3.5" IDE drive in an enclosure. :P)

    I don't know the exact drive, but if you can connect external power I would try that.
    Also I'm not sure if that drive got power saving settings or so, you might wanna try disabling that kind of behavior and see how it responds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RR99i View Post
    Hi everyone ,

    I need to post this up and hopefully at the right place. I have a 250GB Western Digital My Passport USB hard drive. I don't believe it was making this ticking sound before, when I got it about three months ago. It only does it when I have Configurable USB Loader running. The ticking noise only last for a second and happens every 5-10 seconds. I'm not sure if this is normal when on my USB loader? If I'm anywhere else on my Wii, like the System Menu, it doesn't do it. If it's really normal, then I'll ignore. I just don't like the sound it makes. Last, my hard drive is formatted to WBFS. Any advise?
    Not really accessing the hard drive while on the main screen or system settings. Hook up the drive to your computer and start copying data to it. It will tell you then if your hard drive is about to go the way of the dodo.

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    it might not have enough juice. make sure it have a power adapter attached, and try to plug USB to both USB ports on the wii. make sure you plug in the wii before power up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaoslh View Post
    it might not have enough juice. make sure it have a power adapter attached, and try to plug USB to both USB ports on the wii. make sure you plug in the wii before power up.
    this happened to my wd passport 320gb I had it replaced twice after buying a dual power usb cable, turned out to be a faulty psu in my desktop pc. I called wd customer service who said the hdd was dying or not getting enough juice, I now know it was the latter.

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    Sorry for not putting more information on my hard drive. It's a Western Digital WD2500XMS-00 250GB USB. Here's a link to more info on it: Western Digital Passport Portable 250GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive Western Digital WD2500XMS-00. That's one thing I was told about, the hard drive going into power saving/sleep mode. I wasn't sure if you guys knew of a program, if from Western Digital to disable that? I remember not long after getting the hard drive asking about that. Someone said there was a program for Linux that would work with Windows that would disable it. I can't remember what it was called. Last, I did an error check through Windows on the drive, seems everything is okay.

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    Alright, I had to post back with some thoughts. Seems coming and going away from the Wii scene makes it hard to know what's going on, lol. I'm sure that when I got this hard drive about 3 months ago, never did this. Reading up I'm seeing about IOS58, which is new in 4.3 Wii system update. Also, a game is using this IOS as well. If I'm right, it allows USB device (like hard drive) to have USB 2.0 on the Wii? Maybe since updating to that IOS has causing my hard drive to tick as well as the activity light to blink when it happens. Also, maybe I need to update Config USB Loader is some way to allow full capability of USB 2.0? I would think with updates coming out for the loader, it should be allowed. I'm at the latest beta version right now. I found a topic on the Internet that would keep my Western Digital from going into sleep/power saving mode. Doing those steps is hard to tell if they're working and if it was worth it.

    To conclude for now, if I keep on my USB Loader, my hard drive stays recognized by it. But, if I keep anywhere outside of it for a few minutes. When I go back, it's searching for it... not sure what's going on.

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