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    External HDD works with USB Loader but not with PC

    Hey guys!

    I've noticed a strange issue with my external HDD drive that i use with my Wii system...when i connect it on the Wii, it works perfectly, without any problem...
    But when i try to connect it to my PC to use WBFS Manager, the drive beeps all the time and the system does not recognize it...
    For the record, the drive is a Iomega Prestige 320GB Silver.

    Thanks for your help in advance!

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    If it is formatted to WBFS, the PC will not natively recognize it. Are you saying even WBFS Manager doesnt see it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjizzle View Post
    If it is formatted to WBFS, the PC will not natively recognize it. Are you saying even WBFS Manager doesnt see it?
    Yes, i know the system wouldn't recognize it for general use, but the drive should be listed whatsoever and WBFS Manager doesn't recognize it...

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    Might be your USB port on your computer isnt supplying enough power to the drive. Have you tried using a different port and/or cable?

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    Try to Assign a drive letter for your external HDD

    1. Go to Control Panel Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
    2. Right-click the drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
    3. Click Add.
    4. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
    5. Click OK.

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    Yes, i've used different cables and i've changed ports several times...i even opened the drive case to see if the drive was properly connected to the SATA port of the
    case circuit board, but everything was alright, no faulty components, the drive is pretty brand new, i've barely used it...

    Quote Originally Posted by candylove View Post
    Try to Assign a drive letter for your external HDD

    1. Go to Control Panel Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
    2. Right-click the drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
    3. Click Add.
    4. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
    5. Click OK.
    The system does not recognize the drive at all, it just keeps beeping...i've tried everything i could to make it work, but it still doesn't...
    Last edited by maverickadn; 03-03-2013 at 08:04 PM. Reason: merged double post

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    What version of Windows are you running?

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    Try a different PC or
    right click
    computer icon
    select properties
    then hardware then device manager
    go to the bottom of list USB devices
    use the Plus to open a longer list
    plug your device in and when it appears is here select it
    and right click
    select properties
    select update drivers
    If it does not appears, right click scan for hardware changes
    select update drivers

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjizzle View Post
    What version of Windows are you running?
    I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit...i've tried again today, the drive keeps beeping and beeping, without no response at all, doesn't recognize it on device manager and not even on wbfs manager, but it works perfectly on Wii with no issues...
    I'm desperate, guys...guess i'll have to buy a new drive, i think =/...
    Last edited by maverickadn; 03-04-2013 at 09:28 AM.

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    I was going to suggest something along the lines of what candylove suggested above. Expand out the USB Controllers and make note of what is there. Then plug in your drive, wait a moment and see if the screen changes. Uninstall the device that pops up if one does. Then scan for hardware changes.

    This is a shot in the dark, but it might work...

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