Question Using a 3 TB HDD with SX OS 2.2

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  1. fadafwet
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    Hi
    I have read that the maximum size of hard disk usable to read xci file on a USB port is 2 TB formatted in exfat with a MBR volume
    I wondering if it is possible to use a 3 TB Hard disk with a mbr volume with a 2 TB partition on it formatted in exfat file system
    I try different configuration to make it work but I was not able at the moment. I think it follow all the prerequisite

    The SX OS is scanning for ever and never show xci file in the root of that partition

    Anyone has been able to make it work
    I would like to use this drive instead of buying a new 2 TB disk
     
  2. Naderino

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    One of the major issues with SX OS hard drive support— or even the Switch in general is self powered hard drives. When you put the USB on the dock without the Switch, the hard drives will spin and has the power it needs. However, as soon as you dock the Switch. These hard drives go wonkey and blink/breathe as though they aren't receiving much power. There are people who got them working using Y cables, but I have not. There are people who got them working with partition. I have not.

    The only way I succeeded is by using an older hard drive that's powered externally. It works via partition too. So your problem may be the same as mine. Get an external powered HDD. Format to exFAT and place your files on the root of the drive. You should be good to go at that point
     
  3. fadafwet
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    Oh I forgot to mention the 3 TB hard drive I am using has it's own power cable attach to it
    so it should not get power from the switch usb port
     
  4. jakkal

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    2TB is the limit
    when you format it, make the 2tb partition primary
    or just leave the unallocated space unformatted
     
  5. fadafwet
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    This is what I have done
    first 2 TB are in exfat MBR and the rest is unallocated
    I put a couple of xci files in the root of the 2 TB partition and SXOS is scanning forever without displaying any

    Have you been able to make it work like that ?
     
  6. Girtana1

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    try making the partition smaller and smaller until you get to a point where it works
     
  7. The3rdknuckles

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    Try using mini partion wizard to set your 2TB partition to primary.
     
  8. GolfDude

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    i have a 12 TB INTERNAL hard drive on an external usb dock, that has its own power supply.. simply by doing the 2 TB partition trick, SX os found my xci files no problem, and i was still able to format the other 10 tb to ntfs, and have had no issues :)
     
  9. hbkmog

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    lmao, there aren't even that many games worth playing on Switch as of right now unless you just want to download everything and only touch 5% of them.
     
  10. Girtana1

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    Yea that's the point, a lot of people like having entire collections of a console on a single drive
     
  11. larrypretty

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    How you do that in steps?
     
  12. GolfDude

    GolfDude GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    under a partition manager program.. start the hard drive at empty and unallocated.., then you make a partition of around 2 TB with a exfat partition format. then you can set the remaining unallocated space to ntfs..

    one note is that , you CAN NOT put the system to sleep with the drive plugged in, or the system will error out . you must fully exit the game thats running off the drive (cant suspend the game), then power off/disconnect the drive, then power the system off..
     
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  13. fadafwet
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    I try with a 1.99 TB, 1.9 TB 1.0 TB in exfat as the primary partition
    and it still won't work SX OS is scanning forever
    Can anyone can help me to make it work
    This hard drive is working perfectly on all my other devices

    The harddrive is a WD My Book 3 TB with external power
     
    Last edited by fadafwet, Oct 24, 2018
  14. MirageXero

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    I just tried it with a 4tb drive with gpt and it’s works. I set one primary with 2tb and the rest as exfat for storage.
    Try setting it as 1863gb. I believe that is the correct number for 2tb.
     
  15. larrypretty

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    Thanks much.