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XBOX ONE X New External Hard Drive Keeps Blinking Even when OFF

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Question..so I just installed the Western Digital 8TB hard drive on my XBOX ONE X(The one that was available on Black Friday for 129)..and I installed three games just to see how it goes..played a little Cuphead..and when I was done I turned OFF the XBOX ONE X..but I still see the western digital drive blinking even though the xbox one x is OFF is that normal..I know with my previous seagate drive it would blink for some time because it was searching for updates but I only have THREE games installed on this hard drive so far so what the heck is it looking for ..under settings the power and start up its set to "Turn off hard drive when console is off" that is checked..so not sure why this darn thing keeps blinking

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Question..so I just installed the Western Digital 8TB hard drive on my XBOX ONE X(The one that was available on Black Friday for 129)..and I installed three games just to see how it goes..played a little Cuphead..and when I was done I turned OFF the XBOX ONE X..but I still see the western digital drive blinking even though the xbox one x is OFF is that normal..I know with my previous seagate drive it would blink for some time because it was searching for updates but I only have THREE games installed on this hard drive so far so what the heck is it looking for ..under settings the power and start up its set to "Turn off hard drive when console is off" that is checked..so not sure why this darn thing keeps blinking
Is instant on enabled? It might not be fullying powering off your xbox just being in a really low power mode to allow updates and such while powered off

https://support.xbox.com/en-US/xb...ower-modes
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Is instant on enabled? It might not be fullying powering off your xbox just being in a really low power mode to allow updates and such while powered off

https://support.xbox.com/en-US/xb...ower-modes
Its on Instant On mode..I can understand if it stayed a solid white light but it just keeps on blinking makes no sense..I had an xbox one s a while back and a crappy seagate drive with the same settings and the seagate drive would turn itself OFF after a few minutes, this hard drive only has 3 games on it so how come its not turning off
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I use mypassports for external drives and they do the same thing. Periodic blinking of the light every few seconds. It is normal and means the drive is in standby mode\power saving mode.
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I use mypassports for external drives and they do the same thing. Periodic blinking of the light every few seconds. It is normal and means the drive is in standby mode\power saving mode.
So this is totally normal cause I was going to take back this drive tomorrow to best buy and get it replaced. I mean Ive had crappy seagate drives that dont do this why would Western Digital be different? My XBOX ONE X is in instant ON mode and the hard drives have always turned itself off after a few minutes of looking for updates..how annoying to be all day and all night non stop blinking
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So this is totally normal cause I was going to take back this drive tomorrow to best buy and get it replaced. I mean Ive had crappy seagate drives that dont do this why would Western Digital be different? My XBOX ONE X is in instant ON mode and the hard drives have always turned itself off after a few minutes of looking for updates..how annoying to be all day and all night non stop blinking

Yes. Don't see why it is a concern unless for whatever reason you are trying to save the 1W or so of electricity it uses to stay in standby mode. These drives were designed for laptops and desktops which can go into hibernation and as such I assume this is WD's way of being able to quickly respond to that. Regardless, wrt the blinking, just take a small piece of electrical tape and put it over the light if the blinking is bothersome to you.
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Yes. Don't see why it is a concern unless for whatever reason you are trying to save the 1W or so of electricity it uses to stay in standby mode. These drives were designed for laptops and desktops which can go into hibernation and as such I assume this is WD's way of being able to quickly respond to that. Regardless, wrt the blinking, just take a small piece of electrical tape and put it over the light if the blinking is bothersome to you.
Ive just never seen this before with Seagate drives..Ive always turned off the console and the hard drive would turn off too I figured they would ALL do that..its just annoying, sleeping at night, being in my room during the day and seeing that darn thing blink..doesnt that do damage to the hard drive? I guess I can take a piece of paper and cover it up but how silly is that? I got this hard drive thinking it was just a regular hard drive that is a good deal, never imagined when the xbox is off the hard drive would refuse to turn off
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Ive just never seen this before with Seagate drives..Ive always turned off the console and the hard drive would turn off too I figured they would ALL do that..its just annoying, sleeping at night, being in my room during the day and seeing that darn thing blink..doesnt that do damage to the hard drive? I guess I can take a piece of paper and cover it up but how silly is that? I got this hard drive thinking it was just a regular hard drive that is a good deal, never imagined when the xbox is off the hard drive would refuse to turn off

Complaining that a company adds features to help operational functionality and by doing so a blinking light that tells you it is in standby mode is now a show stopper is on the face of it ridiculous imo, but to each his own. As to doing damage, drives run hours a day\all day in many cases on desk tops and laptops when operational. In standby, they usually spin down the disks so there is really very little power being drawn and nothing mechanical moving. Anything can fail and all mechanical components will eventually over the long haul (which is why backups are needed), but worrying about that in this respect is just not really a concern imo.

That said, you can always return it if it is that annoying to you. A 1\4 inch sq of electrical tape and you will never even be able to tell one way or the other. But as noted, if it bothers you that much you can always return it and get a product from another company.
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Complaining that a company adds features to help operational functionality and by doing so a blinking light that tells you it is in standby mode is now a show stopper is on the face of it ridiculous imo, but to each his own. As to doing damage, drives run hours a day\all day in many cases on desk tops and laptops when operational. In standby, they usually spin down the disks so there is really very little power being drawn and nothing mechanical moving. Anything can fail and all mechanical components will eventually over the long haul (which is why backups are needed), but worrying about that in this respect is just not really a concern imo.

That said, you can always return it if it is that annoying to you. A 1\4 inch sq of electrical tape and you will never even be able to tell one way or the other. But as noted, if it bothers you that much you can always return it and get a product from another company.
Yeah I mean if its normal than I will just exchange it for another one(this one seems to have issues it doesnt recognize right away, etc) if I knew it was normal than yeah I would just leave it alone its just something Ive never seen before..that a hard drive when the thing its connected to is OFF will still blink is just weird
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Yeah I mean if its normal than I will just exchange it for another one(this one seems to have issues it doesnt recognize right away, etc) if I knew it was normal than yeah I would just leave it alone its just something Ive never seen before..that a hard drive when the thing its connected to is OFF will still blink is just weird

It is not fully off any more than your XBox is fully off (or your TV receiver, etc.). Many devices have an electricity vampire effect to a degree to maintain settings, control programming functions, etc. Just because there is no light on on your TV DVR for instance, does not mean it is not drawing any current. Otherwise it would not be able to record on a schedule. It is what it is.
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It is not fully off any more than your XBox is fully off (or your TV receiver, etc.). Many devices have an electricity vampire effect to a degree to maintain settings, control programming functions, etc. Just because there is no light on on your TV DVR for instance, does not mean it is not drawing any current. Otherwise it would not be able to record on a schedule. It is what it is.
Yeah I see your point..just putting on some electrical tape will fix this right up? I can get some no problem as long as this is normal than at least I know the drive is not defective
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Yeah I see your point..just putting on some electrical tape will fix this right up? I can get some no problem as long as this is normal than at least I know the drive is not defective
It will cover the led light and you will never see it flashing again. Get a roll that matches the color of the case and cut a small piece to cover the light and you will never know it or have to deal with it again. I have done this with external hard drive enclosures that come with bright led lights. I find it annoying when I am in the dark in my office at my PC and the room is lighted up by a couple of bright leds on the external drive case. A roll of black electrical tape is around a couple of bucks at HD.
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