External Hard Drive not booting up when used with Instant On standby mode.

Discus and support External Hard Drive not booting up when used with Instant On standby mode. in XboX Insiders to solve the problem; Not sure if this is linked to the Preview Program or not but I thought I'd start here first. Recently my Xbox has not been booting up the external... Discussion in 'XboX Insiders' started by /u/Antiphrost, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. External Hard Drive not booting up when used with Instant On standby mode.


    Not sure if this is linked to the Preview Program or not but I thought I'd start here first.

    Recently my Xbox has not been booting up the external hard drive when I turn it on from standby mode (Instant On). If I restart the console, power it off completely and turn it back on or disconnect the drive and reconnect it, it will then detect the hard drive. I only notice this happening when it prompts me saying I need to install the game in or says it can't find it after being powered up from standby.

    Flash forward to today where I come to play some of the Modern Warfare campaign before I head to work later on... It prompts me for an update which I accept only to then check that my external drive has not been detected. Knowing it's downloading something I already have, I cancel it then reboot my console. The console then boots up fine and I click on the game disc icon to start playing only to find it's prompting me for another update... this time a 75.84GB one... the same one I installed 2 days ago.

    Alarm bells are ringing now so I go to "My Games and Apps" to find the game icon is not there! Then I visit the queue to see the list of recently installed items and find Campaign Pack 1 & 2, Multiplayer Pack and Special Ops packs as recently installed. No mention of the 75.84GB update anywhere.

    So at the minute I'm sat here pretty pissed that my Xbox has uninstalled the game when I have a spare couple of minutes to play it.

    To prevent this from happening again I've turned off Instant-On power mode, instead opting to cold boot each time as it is only the Instant-On mode having issues. I've been using this feature for years giving the console the option to turn off storage when powered down in standby mode and never had problems until now, which makes me think it might be related to the recent update(s). I can't find any mention of other people having issues either so not sure if this is an isolated incident either?

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  2. Puppy Fujo Win User

    External drive keeps ticking on and off

    Does your external hard drive have a usb port as we as an external power supply or does the Usb power the hard drive itself? Secondly, is it set to instant on or power saving? There have been reports of problems with externally powered drives not getting
    or hearing the go to sleep signal or signal which puts it into standby when console shuts down and therefore stays on. Some will go into standby but not power on again after console is powered back on. What drive are you using?
  3. DogRox1 Win User

    How to make external hard drive the main download drive?

    okay instant on mode is already off because that's your way to get it to work with external hard drive it's an energy mode right now. And I have to keep the x box on in order for it to download to that hard drive. So you're saying leave the instant on mode
    off and keep it on energy mode, and try to download to the internal hard drive? if it works with the external hard drive then it should work with the internal hard drive doing it that way shouldn't it? Because it does work with the external hard drive with
    it on energy mode
  4. Tosheroon-DA2C00BF-3 Win User

    Kinect stops working randomly. Full Reboot fixes it

    I'm having this issue, and have noticed that it only happens when using energy-saving mode AND I start the console with an external hard drive plugged in. If I unplug the external drive first and power on, the kinect operates as it should. Also, if left
    in instant-on mode, the kinect operates fine when resuming with the external drive plugged in.
  5. Njal the Blue Win User

    Xbox One Auto Update (NOT)

    Are you using instant on or power saving mode? Do you have external hard drives? If you are using power saving mode, auto update will not work.
  6. DogRox1 Win User

    How to make external hard drive the main download drive?

    hi, I'm just up dating my post about the external hard drive., as found a new issue. It seems that when I set the Power and Startup set to "Instant On", and the setting "When Xbox is off turn off storage", is unchecked, and I'm using the external hard drive
    at the main download hard drive. When I'm downloading updates, games or DLC it seems to NOT want to work automatically in sleep mode when I shut the Xbox off. Although the power light stays on the power supply, and still connected to network, as I can see
    the light on my switcher, i notice the external hard drive power is off. and nothing is getting downloaded. updates and DLC do not get downloaded to the external hard drive in instant on mode? it seems I have to put it back into energy saving mode before
    I start downloading, and let the Xbox stay on the whole time. is there another setting that I missing to fix this?
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