I’ve got a WD Passport 160GB that was working fine with my WD TV HD. I’ve upgraded to a WD TV Live now and I’m starting to run into a problem: When I turn the unit on, it sometimes takes up to 10 minutes for the hard disk to be recognized. Sometimes it tries to access it and fails (flashing USB light) but other times the USB light doesn’t even start flashing and the WD TV Live doesn’t seem to start searching for USB devices for several minutes.
Nothing changes if I unplug the drive, put it in the other USB port, remove power to the WD TV Live, etc etc.
Unlike the WD TV HD, which keeps the HDD on even when the WD TV HD itself is turned off, the WD TV Live turns off the HDD when it shuts down. But it sounds like it just cuts the power rather than spinning the drive down gently first. I’m wondering if this is damaging my HDD or causing some kind of problem that prevents it from being recognized.
I used to think that having the HDD turn off would be a good idea, but I think I’d rather have it powered up but spun down now.
Any suggestions? Should I try deleting the database on the HDD?