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Topic: Externeal HDD Problems

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Einherjar

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Hi everyone
Im using an external USB 2.0 HDD since launch and never had any problems with it. It is a model that is permanently connected to a power suply and turns on and off with the system that its hooked up to (Via USB, it has its own power supply). With that, it delayed the boot a bit (HDD starts a little later than the system obviously, so the console waits on the start screen for it to be ready a couple of seconds).
Now i have the following problem that drives me nuts:
The console starts, turns the HDD on and waits quite a lot of time longer for the HDD but although it turns on (most of the time...) with the system, the WiiU doesnt seem to start the actual harddrive, just giving it the signal to turn on but not send / recieve any data.
Therefore, my HDD stays "Not connected" to my system.
Sometimes its solved by just returning to the home screen from any application other than, say, the browser (since its just an overlay). This triggers the console to look for an HDD again. Sometimes i need to replug the HDD and other times restart the console over and over.
If the HDD connects, its runs perfectly fine, with all data intact, no problems with reading or writing.
Im not 100% certain of it, but i think this all started after the last system update. Are such problems known or am i the only one having this kind of problem ?
The biggest problem is, that i have absolutely no money to spend on a new HDD if the problem comes from it. I hope someone can shed any light on that matter. Many thanks in advance ;)

Einherjar

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rallydefault

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Really wish I could help you, but it does seem somehow linked to the system update. Maybe you can try hooking your HDD up to your PC and see if you have any problems there with powering on/off and brining up data? That may help you try and isolate the problem to the Wii U, and if that's the case, the system patch could very well be the culprit.

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Einherjar

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The thing is, since the WiiU formats any HDD to a unique data system not even recognized by a PC (at least not in a way for me to tell if everything is ok), so there is sadly no point in hooking it up to a PC :/

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PloXyZeRO

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I honestly don't know if this will work, but maybe you can try using a USB y-cable, so you can use two USB ports on your Wii U for more power. That may speed up the HDD "boot" so you don't encounter the problem you're having now. Not positive it will work but that's what I would try if I was in your situation

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Einherjar

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That would be woth a try, although i dont know if the HDD supports it. Also, i need to get such a cable. I got one with regular connectors, but this HDD has a mini USB in port. But i go look for it, thanks for thant ;)
And for that matter, im goint to try a different AC adapter, maybe thats the culprid. I that i had major problems with my SNES lately. Every game i tried totally glitched up (junk screen, random restarts) and it also was due to a faulty AC cable (power input wasnt enough).
Ill report back.

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