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    HD keeps falling asleep!

    Hi guys, I'm playing Xenoblade Chronicles from my external HD and the game keeps periodically freezing. Sometimes it lasts for over an hour before locking up, sometimes only a few minutes. I'm managed to get through about 4 hours of gameplay by saving every few minutes but I'm getting pretty frustrated. I've been told that the freezing is likely due to my HD going to sleep. I've also been told there are apps that can be downloaded to shut off sleep mode. My problem is two fold however: The HD i am using is an 80gb PS3 HD in an external shell. I'm not sure if I can even find the apps that would allow me to shut off its sleep mode. My other problem is that the HD is formatted to WBFS. Neither my PC nor my Macbook recognizes the drive and only the macbook allows me to add isos (though the program can't manage any other files on it).

    I'd love to get this working without losing my 4 hour save file if possible. If not, does anyone know if I can reformat that PS3 drive so it'll work? I'm almost debating just buying a 16gb USB stick for cheap as I imagine it will be less hassle. Do USB sticks have a sleep mode I'd have to worry about and do they run isos in USB Loader (the game size is 7gb by the way so FAT32 doesn't work).

    Any help or advice anyone can offer would be very much appreciated.

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    Its probably something built into the firmware of the enclosure you are using. You should probably check out the mfg website of that. If you go the usb stick route make sure you get one that is listed under the usb compatibility list.
    Also, fat32 does work, you just have to split the file. Wii Backup Manager does it for you.

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    Does this happen, if you have other games on it that is, to other games on the HDD?
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    Your save file will not be lost even if you toss the hdd out the window, it is saved on the wii. Does it freeze on the original disc? Maybe you should rerip the game. Wii backup manager is another tool you should really look into for managing your wbfs device. It will also properly split your files for playing from fat32 drives.

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    Thank god about the save file being saved on the wii! For some reason Wii backup manager refuses to recognize my drive. When I try on my PC it keeps giving me error messages. It says "an error occured while attempting to format the drive" when I try to format it and "Error occured while loading drive. Make sure the drive is not in use or open and that it has been formatted to WBFS format". It said this when it was FAT32 and now when it is WBFS (I formatted it to WBFS by plugging it into the Wii and using CfgUSBloader. Now that I know my save won't disappear, I don't mind reformatting the drive however you guys suggest. I'm just not sure if Wii backup manager will recognize it anyways. I'm using version 2.5 of the manager (on my pc) by the way. Should I reformat?

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    Oh yeah, I haven't tried it with any other games. I modded the wii just to play this one as my copied is has been pre-order status for 3 weeks.

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    More info, I just popped open the enclosure and saw that the HD is a Seagate Momentus 5400 2 80gb. I don't see that on the compatibility list. Even though it does seem to work, sometimes for long stretches, could that be the root of my problem?

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    Could be. At the same time though, how many people rip their HDD out of a ps3 and hook it up to their wii? Probably aren't a lot of testers out there...lol. I did some research on your drive and it doesn't seem to have any "built in" sleep mode. In its documentation it said that all those commands are sent from the "host", which would be your enclosure or computer that it is connected to.

    What kind of enclosure are you using?

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    The enclosure is a Velocity Elite Series. Model number is ES-2500SU3-BK. It was pretty much the cheapest I could find ($20). It came with a little cd that had the pdf manual on it but it was pretty basic and didn't really say anything.

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    That is a usb 3.0 enclosure. While support for those is getting better there are still some people who run into issues. If I were a betting man I would put money on the drive/enclosure combo as your source of problems.

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    Damn. Maybe I'll go the USB stick route then. I was looking on the futureshop website and saw they had a 16 GB duracell stick for a decent price. It shows on the compatibility list as well. If I were to pick this up would it work? What would I have to do to make it work? Do I just plug it into the pc, format it with Wii backup manager, transfer an iso, and plug it in? I'm still a big noob and have mostly been fumbling my way through this so explicit instructions would be greatly appreciated.

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