HDD stops responding mid-game after an hour...why?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by brausm08, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. brausm08

    brausm08 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 15, 2009
    United States
    USA - Midwest
    usually when i have an issue/question i can find my answer in the forums without having to post, but this one is different.

    Is there a known reason why a HDD would peeter out after playing the wii for ~1 hour or more? The drive seems to chug along just fine, then suddenly starts making a loud icky noise (like it's frantically seeking). After making this noise, the system crashes when it goes back to the drive to access data. After crashing (black screen), a five second hold of the power button must be used to shut the system down. At first i thought it was a spin-down issue, but all the noise says it's not. It happens while playing any game, sitting on the loader menu or even the system menu. it can happen immediately after accessing data, or it'll be fine for a long period without accessing data--seems completely random.

    For example though...on WSResort, i can play through 2x18 holes of golf and get through about half of the third 18 before it happens. The drive accesses data between holes, so it shouldn't be a spindown issue. After hearing the icky noise, i can finish the hole i'm playing, but know the system will crash once i finish the hole. After lock-up, there's nothing i can do to get it back without powering down. I do think it's a HDD issue and not so much a system issue, but i'm at a loss as to how to fix it. Any suggestions (other than going back to discs)?

    The HDD i am using is a WD Passport (a 2.5" USB Powered SATA drive). I am using the ~1' factory cable which came with it. It is fully WBFS formatted and loaded with games using WBFS Manager 3.0. If it's significant, the drive was purchased from the WD refurb site....

    my system:
    NTSC running 4.1U
    bootmii as boot2
    HBC (1.0.6 i think-the version that flips with cIOSCORP)
    cIOSCORP v3.2 (except for IOS30 to keep HBC from flipping)
    cIOS v15 (also behaved the same for v14)
    cIOS222 v4
    Preloader booting directly to USBloader GX (behaved the same on all versions of GX and i update fairly frequently)
    no system menu themes
  2. icebrg5

    icebrg5 GBAtemp Addict

    Apr 1, 2007
    United States
    1: Drive is going to sleep.Verify this by downloading some software from the manufacturers website.It will be able to read the drive and you should be able to set the sleep time to whatever amount you want.


    2:Drive is failing and be useless before to long.
  3. jakejm79

    jakejm79 GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 18, 2009
    United States
    Could also be overheating, does the enclosure have a fan in it?
  4. DKAngel

    DKAngel GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 5, 2009
    the loud clicking sound is the drive dieing, also its a 2nd hand drive my last hdd was making those loud seeking noise, i ended up throwing it in the bin as it was cactus,

    most hdds dont go to sleep midway through use
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