Adding second external 2 TB WD My Passport to RPi4 Installation causes both drives to make a clicking sound and vanish from blkid

  • Make sure the card is in good condition. Format the card with the program suggested in the guide. This can lead to weird issues sometimes. If it is a new card you will have guarantees.

    it is indeed a new card I purchased for this exact project. And the programs mentioned in the guide are all windows based programs but I am running all Linux OS installations on my machine. Any viable alternative from the Linux world I can use to achieve the same?

  • You should be able to use the RPi imager on Linux, this downloads and deploys the RPi OS onto the SD card you just have to ensure you select the correct RPi OS (Raspberry Pi OS Lite)

    Raid is not a backup! Would you go skydiving without a parachute?


    OMV 6x amd64 running on an HP N54L Microserver

  • You should be able to use the RPi imager on Linux, this downloads and deploys the RPi OS onto the SD card you just have to ensure you select the correct RPi OS (Raspberry Pi OS Lite)

    The RPi Install Guide on omv-extras.org specifically instructs to use this image (Under Prerequisites > Important Release Note) to be in accordance with the guide, and the script which is used later on during the guide.


    So what should I do, go with RPi imager, or the image specified in the guide?

  • Yes there was a recent thread about using that particular image, as the RPi imager can be installed on Linux you could try that and see if there is an option/way to select that downloaded image, or install Balena Etcher and use that to write the image, but to do that you may have to create an ssh file

    Raid is not a backup! Would you go skydiving without a parachute?


    OMV 6x amd64 running on an HP N54L Microserver

  • install Balena Etcher and use that to write the image,

    I know my way around etcher and have used it countless times. I shall use the image mentioned in the guide (as I did the last time) and Etcher then.


    Will report back shortly.

  • both drives start making a clicking / beeping sound in a tick-tock way

    Haven't read the whole thread yet but this is typical under-power.


    Tomorrow, I'll read this better and give a better answer.

  • I had the same problem. Either drive would work by itself, but not when plugged in together. Solved my problem with a powered usb port.

  • I had a multi port Powered USB 3 hub at the office which I used to connect both external WD drives to a single USB port on the RPi4 and did the installation all over again.


    I am happy to inform everyone that this was indeed a power over draw issue, and the official USB-C power adapter that comes with RPi4 does not have enough juice to power both external drives at the same time.


    Thanks to everyone who chipped in.

  • TakerTX

    Added the Label resolved

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