Bad HD? Don’t know where to post.

January 29, 2014

Bad HD? Don’t know where to post.

  1. I have a softmod from WAY back. My kids have recently been more interested in the Wii and I am running into a problem. The HD that I am using is an internal IDE drive in an external USB enclosure and it’s formatted WBFS since that was the only option when I softmodded back in the day. When I plug it into my laptop to use WBFS manager on it, it frequently disconnects and reconnects. This makes it impossible to add or extract iso files. I tried a different USB cable and a different port on the laptop, but the same problem occurs. The HD works fine when using it on the Wii to play games that were backed up to it previously. I will try it on a different computer to see if it has the same problem, but has anybody experienced this before?

  2. Definitely sounds like a connectivity issue. You did the obvious – tried another cable. And as it works on the Wii itself, maybe this points to more an issue with the laptop you were trying. I’d definitely try another PC first as you have put forth.

  3. The reason I don’t suspect the laptop is because it’s a 2 month old MSI gaming laptop. I use a USB XBOX wireless adapter and a 64 GB USB key all the time and haven’t had issues with the ports besides this. Thanks for the input. I will try alternatives tonight.

  4. Some drives have an auto-sleep feature (automatic drive spin down after perceived period of inactivity). It relies on a poling signal that isn’t present on the Wii (but is on a PC). You could always check the manufacturer’s website to see if they have any software to disable the feature should that be an issue.

  5. I had the same issue a while back, the hdd wasnt getting enough power. desktops should work fine but laptops where more problomatic.
    Try the usb port closest to the ethernet port, that was the advice i was given and it worked.

  6. Good point. Any 3.5″ device and enclosure requires an external power source even on a PC or laptop; a 2.5″ device may work (usually does), but there are some that draw too much power and do require external power. OP has not identified anything specific as to the device he’s employing, other than that it’s an IDE device with USB adapter/chain.

  7. It is an AC powered enclosure. I don’t think it is an auto sleep problem because it happens very intermittently. It may be a power supply issue. I don’t know if the Wii cares that it loses connection and just waits for the HD to turn back on. WBFS manager stops immediately.

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