XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute

Discus and support XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute in XBoX on Consoles to solve the problem; The external HDD (Seagate STDT3000300 BACKUP PLUS Desktop 3TB, USB3.0, 3.5 inch external drive, powered by external power) of my Xbox One keeps... Discussion in 'XBoX on Consoles' started by Andy5416, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. Andy5416
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    XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute


    The external HDD (Seagate STDT3000300 BACKUP PLUS Desktop 3TB, USB3.0, 3.5 inch external drive, powered by external power) of my Xbox One keeps spinning up for a few seconds then spinning down again a few seconds later and this cycle repeats every 60 seconds
    exactly. So every minute the HDD has to spin up and then back down again.

    My settings are that the XBOX is in instant on mode, with auto update of the console as well as games and apps enabled.

    It has been suggested in other threads that this behaviour is a result of auto updating of apps and games, but even when all auto-updates are turned off this behaviour continues, so changing this setting makes no difference.

    The Xbox shouldn't need to keep spinning up an external HDD every minute. It should be able to know what version of what updates are installed for each game on each HDD without having to interrogate the HDD every 60 seconds. It can cache it surely?
    Constantly spinning up and down HDD's is terrible for the lifespan of the HDD, and is annoying if the HDD is a little noisy, is unnecessary. Please implement a mechanism that doesn't require cycling the HDD power every 60 seconds.

    :)
     
    Andy5416, Apr 4, 2019
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  2. zzIRISMAXIMUSzz Win User

    XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute

    It might be worth looking into a USB port splitter. I use Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches. It allows you to shut off and turn on whatever you have plugged in. I use two external
    hard drives with this.
  3. RAXXIC Win User

    XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute

    Hi Andy5416,

    It seems like you have a strange one there.

    I have had a similar problem with my old Seagate HDD to which I had found out that it was due to a faulty USB head. I understand you have already tried another HDD but may I ask did you change the cables for testing?

    Regards

    Rax
  4. Andy5416 Win User

    XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute

    Attempted to turn off the option to power down drive so that it would be always on, but even then it spins down and up again every minute. So it seems no matter what setting it's on, it will not

    1. keep drive powered on when in standby

    or

    2. keep drive powered off when in standby

    So if it's doing a status check every 60 seconds, is it the drive that is spinning up on its own, or is it the XBOX OS that is spinning it up I wonder?

    I have another drive which I have plugged in and tried this on, it is a Hitachi Touro 1tb (usb powered hdd) and it also spins up every 60 seconds. I plugged the hitachi into another XBOX one S and noticed it exhibited the identical behaviour... Spinning
    up and down every 60 seconds.

    So that's two drives on two Xbox One's. I'm very puzzled. Thoughts?
  5. Alucario Ultra Win User

    XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute

    Try to hard reset the console, one never knows.
  6. EXES5 Win User

    XBOX One external hard drive keeps spinning up and down every minute

    Its just keepin it alive and not alowing it to sleep.if it goes to sleep whatever needs access to your external just stutters til the hard is back on or even freezes.
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