I had previously bought a Rosewill SATA enclosure that had a switch to run my Wii drive that worked great with the WD1600AAJS, however, I never liked the fact that I had to turn the switch on and off due to the way our entertainment center is in our house. It is enclosed in a nearly impregnable fortress due to toddlers roaming the house. After an unfortunate accident (I dropped the drive while it was powered on!) I am left shopping for a new drive. I'm wondering about people's preferences. The froogle side of me says I should purchase a cheap drive, perhaps a WD2500AAJK for $45 and stick it in my enclosure and drive on. However, I know that certain drives such as the WD Passport essential are powered by USB exclusively so they should turn off when the wii is off. My enclosure never powered down on its own due to the Wii being in standby (even with wc24 off) because the enclosure detected something active. I've read varying reports about "no spindown" on the compatability wiki, however I've seen conflicting reports such as a search on this site that shows this topic that states those drives do indeed need a spindown fix. I'm concerned at someone's mention of a directly attached usb controller. With all that said, my questions are these: Do you have a favorite drive that works without having to power it on and off with a switch (that is, when the wii is off, is the drive completely stopped?) If you have a WD Passport Essential, have you had to apply a spindown fix? (I play my wii infrequently, but when I do it is over 2-7 hours in a stretch) Have you read of any reports about 'frying' USb ports ? There are vague irregularities about USB powered drives malfunctioning. thanks in advance.