Problem with external drive

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  1. freakE3
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    Got myself a 2.5 Toshiba Canvio with 1TB 3days ago:
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00KWHJY7Q...lid=2BVF7XQPT6XX6&coliid=I2N29PII4TLUSP&psc=1

    and this y-cable:
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00ZJBIHVY...lid=2BVF7XQPT6XX6&coliid=I29374O351OIJV&psc=1

    Everything has been working fine till today. I started a simple ehop game named Dual Core. The error came with insufficient power for the drive. Everything had worked before, but now this shows up for the first time. Seems like it is still not getting enough power here and there. Sleepmode ist shut off for the drive on the Wii U.
    Can somebody give some good advice for drives that don´t make problems due to high power usage. Hard to find low power drives, because not described on box. This is prbably something that has been discussed over and over. Maybe giving me a link to the right direction could help.
    Would be happy if somebody could help out.
     
  2. Marko76

    Marko76 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    The problem is you bought a canvio drive
    The implemented sleep function on all Canvio drives is unable to be switched off. And while Toshiba is well aware of the problem, they have yet to address the issue anywhere as these drives continue to be sold. Why they made a drive that you can not switch off sleep mode is beyond me.
     
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  3. EvilBakura

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    I use the " usb splitter " method to give enough power to hard drives, i have a toshiba too, basically it's like this:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    And it works fine
     
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    that is not a usb splitter that is a ten port USB hub which is very different. this is a usb y spliter cable
     

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    Ah sorry english is not my first language i tought it was called like that too

    Well the important thing is that it needs to be powered, it doesn't matter if it has 10 or 4 usb slots as long as there is a power cable
     
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    No a y spliter is all that is needed as it gets the power from the two USB ports on the wiiu. that is how you use a HDD that does not have its own power supply. http://www.nintendoforums.com/threads/usb-y-cable-splitter-for-wii-u.1485/
     
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  7. EvilBakura

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    Yes
    But if you, like me, want to use other things like the gamecube adapter for smash bros or the ethernet cable adapter then the usb hub is better
     
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    not really as the wiiu already has 4 usb ports and I can't think why you need any more. 2 for the y cable and 2 for the gamecube adapter. who in earth does not have WiFi and needs to use the ethernet adapter??
     
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    Yep, the wii u has 4 usb ports

    In my case it is like this:

    2 of them are taken by the gamecube adapter ( you can use only one actually, but by using one you don't have the vibration support )
    1 is taken by the lan adapter
    so you only have one left, and for the y splitter cable one is not enough

    With the usb hub no problems

    I guess it's up to you in the end, and on how many things you want / need to use :D

    edit: I do, with lan adapter for some reason my speed on wii u is WAY better than Wi-Fi, if i use wi-fi to play smash bros or mario kart online i get errors most of the time, and lag, with lan cable everything is perfect
     
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  10. Kafluke

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    I use an ethernet adapter because I have 1Gbs fiber Internet and my wifi doesn't go over 100Mbs. The ethernet won't go to 1Gbs over usb but it's way faster than wifi.

    But like you said originally, I don't think the OPs issue is power if it has an unswitchable sleep mode. It's probably going to sleep.
     
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    Okay, time to do a SIMPLE test.....When the error occurs, pick up and hold your hard-drive in your hand (yeah I know how that sounds ;P) and see if it is vibrating or not..

    Here is a conclusion chart I made especially for you my sweet child:
    ● Drive isn't vibrating at all = You have a sleep problem..
    ● Drive is vibrating violently = It isn't a sleep problem..

    三The moar you know三★
     
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    OK, now I know what is going on. I can still exchange the drive for a different one. But don´t all 2.5 drives have a sleep mode? But shouldn´t the drive not go to the sleep mode on the Wii U when I turn it off with Wii U settings?? Or is the Toshiba Canvio ignoring those settings and still going to take a nap?
    After all, what are good suggestions for a 2.5 hard drive that doesn´t have that problem?

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    How about this from Seagate:
    https://www.amazon.de/Seagate-Expansion-Portable-Festplatte-STEA1000400/dp/B00TKFEEAS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485697853&sr=8-1&keywords=Seagate+Festplatte+»Expansion+Portable


    or from WD: (don´t like this one, because it has that shiny plastic and the LED I can´t see when I connect it)
    https://www.amazon.de/Western-Digit...F8&qid=1485697911&sr=8-1&keywords=WD+elements


    other Suggestions?
     
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  13. Marko76

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    It's simply like I said the canvas is the only type of hard drive that I know that does not have a switch off sleep mode so you should be fine with any other make of drive.