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    Hard Drive Corruption? Showing Weird Characters?

    Hello everyone, I occasionally go on here to update my mod and see all the wonderful topics and guides that the community makes therefore am generally ghosted (not sure if that's a verb... but ANYWAYS)

    My problem here is, I backed up my 30-35 games using the wonderful feature of copying in the USB Loader GX and it works fine, but last year this happened to me.

    The hard drive format method I use is FAT32.



    Now... I tried using the search bar but I cannot find an article that already talked about this (The search bar for forums is ridiculous anyways, no where near as good as Google's IMHO) but if it has been posted, I will accept my inability to search, but finding a keyword for this kind of thing is rather difficult.

    Now that issue only happened last year but then worked fine for another year until last month it happened, then went strong until yesterday, and that is when I got annoyed of transferring all my games back into the hard drive and came here for some tips. Thanks for reading this guys, hope I get some answers.
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    I had to approve your posts (that's why you hadn't seen them after making them) due to the inclusions.

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    What brand of media is "Local disk (G"?
    How old is the disk and has it been zero filed?

    Do you have any program that auto-starts when you plug into your pc; I.E scanner, defragment, error checker?
    It may be possible that one of these where moving files before you unplugged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    I had to approve your posts (that's why you hadn't seen them after making them) due to the inclusions.
    Ah makes sense nightstah. How would I go around to deleting the other posts that way I don't look like a dummy hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nes_player4LIFE View Post
    What brand of media is "Local disk (G"?
    How old is the disk and has it been zero filed?

    Do you have any program that auto-starts when you plug into your pc; I.E scanner, defragment, error checker?
    It may be possible that one of these where moving files before you unplugged.
    It's a Western Digital Elements. And what do you mean by "zero filled" and nope I don't have any other programs that scan it. I first checked on the computer because it was odd that it was loading but at the game screen showed 0 games and I checked everything but no avail. Even the few classics games from the NES and SNES was not showing up, that's when I knew "it" happened again. ):

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    Zero fill means wipeing all old data off the hdd when formatting by writing non-data to the drive.
    Depending of the size of the drive this task will take some time.
    But before you reformat again try defragmenting the drive and scan it for sector errors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nes_player4LIFE View Post
    Zero fill means wipeing all old data off the hdd when formatting by writing non-data to the drive.
    Depending of the size of the drive this task will take some time.
    But before you reformat again try defragmenting the drive and scan it for sector errors.
    Got it, will sure do. Will post back with results.

    What I did though was use EaseUS Partition to format it to Fat32 in 64kb clusters.

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    Why on earth would you use 64kb clusters????????????

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    Really...you should switch to 32kb cluster size. It's best for Wii.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Why on earth would you use 64kb clusters????????????
    Sorry D: There is nowhere where it said 32kb was the best... I mean, GameCube is the only reason I see that 32kb would work. So I assumed 64kb was an option :/

    Quote Originally Posted by Nes_player4LIFE View Post
    Zero fill means wipeing all old data off the hdd when formatting by writing non-data to the drive.
    Depending of the size of the drive this task will take some time.
    But before you reformat again try defragmenting the drive and scan it for sector errors.
    So I tried defragmenting... it would only go to 1% then it would stop as if i didn't click anything.
    Last edited by nightstah; 05-27-2013 at 08:10 PM.

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