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    USB Loader GX Doesn't See Drive

    Morning/Afternoon/Evening

    I've got a problem that is driving me mad and I'm turning to the combined knowledge of Wiihacks for help. Let me start out by stating this is my 11th softmod since 2008 and I've never encountered this problem before.

    A couple of days ago I ran through the softmod tutorial and successfully installed HBC and USB Loader GX to a friends son's Wii (4.3E). No problems were encountered until I plugged the USB harddrive (Toshiba Canvio portable 1 TB) and formatted it with a 1TB FAT32 partition using Partition Magic. When I plugged it into WBFS Manager it threw an error about the drive not being available or the letter being used. I went to Windows 7 Disk Management and assigned it another drive letter, removed the partition and then reformatted it to FAT32. WBFS Manager saw it that time and I managed to back up an ISO of a game that I'd already backed up from my own Wii-enabled HDD to the Toshiba HDD. I then popped it into the Wii, loaded up USB Loader GX and though it recognised the drive it didn't see the game I'd cloned. I then decided to back-up some official Wii disks to the HDD and that worked fine. However the next time I plugged it in and tried to access it through WBFS Loader I got the same error about the drive not being available or the letter being used.

    At this point I decided to try my luck with another drive (Western Digital My Passport 500Gb. I didn't have much luck. After formatting it using Partition Magic I got the same error as the last one. I used Windows 7 Disk Management and assigned it another drive letter, removed the partition and formatted it to FAT32. This time I used Wii BackUp Manager and it saw it straight away, so I plugged in my other Wii-enabled HDD and backed up the entire games library to the WD drive. "Happy days" I thought as I plugged it in to the Wii and powered it up, "my son is going to be so pleased with this new drive". Alas and alack I got a black screen instead of the USB Loader GX, so I pulled the USB lead out, waited for the "trying to load your slow USB drive" message and plugged it it. Low and behold it spotted the drive, loaded the GUI and showed me all the games I'd backed up. Sadly none of them would load.

    Not to be put off I did some more Googling and found another guide and followed it by plugging the drive back into my laptop, opening the drive in Disk Management, assigning a letter/not formatting it and then formatting it in WBFS Manager. This all worked fine - even WBFS Manager saw it, so I back-up the same Wii-enabled drive, plugged it into the Wii, powered it up and loaded USB Loader GX. Same result - a black screen. So I unlugged the drive, plugged it in again and got to the USB Loader GX GUI. I decided to go for broke and loaded up a game - and it worked! So "homed" back to the Wii interface, loaded up USB Loader and got the black screen again, did the unplug/plug to trick the app and loaded the game like I did before.

    So, can anyone suggest where things are going wrong? Both drives are recognised by the Wii and USB Loader GX - to some extent. It seems like I'm having the same issue with both drives. I don't think it's a hardware compatibility issue - well, not 100% anyway - and I've got the latest version of USB Loader GX. Is it something I'm doing during the formatting process?

    Can anyone help? I've been on this for two days and have pretty much exhausted my patience. It's gone midnight, my eyes are shot, my back is screaming at me to get off the lap top but my brain won't stop trying to solve this puzzle. Frankly I'm amazed I've managed to stay coherent enough to type this post.
    Last edited by LEGOscum; 10-08-2013 at 06:13 AM.
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    Based on what I read, sounds like you've not followed our softmod any wii guide (since you found us in a google search and found an obsolete guide).

    So I would start out there, first.

    Then from there, we have FAT32 and NTFS guides. We no longer recommend using WBFS since all current USB loaders support both FAT32 and NTFS. Chapter 3 of the Softmod Any Wii guide will give you our "App Pack v5", which is recent versions of three USB loaders and a few other apps to get you started.

    If you plan on loading HBC apps from the hard drive, use FAT32. If you plan on loading GameCube games from the hard drive, use FAT32 with 32k clusters. Otherwise, either FAT32 or NTFS should work for you.

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    Based on what evidence are you assuming I didn't use a guide? If you check my history you'll see I've been an occasional/sporadic poster for nearly 5 years - most recently in the softmod any wii tutorial (see the last post where I posted thanks and a message 3 days ago - and got thanked three times, though I'm not sure why). The only time I mentioned Google is when I said I'd found the link to the guide to format via WBFS Manager.

    I know you are trying to help, and I thank you for that, but I'm not fresh to this so please don't treat me like a newbie just because I've got less than 50 posts to the forums. Sometimes it's not always possible to include every single item of info in an initial post - mine was pretty wordy to begin with - and I'd also mentioned it was very late so you'll have to excuse me for failing to mention a point or two. The purpose of my post was to highlight the areas I was having problems with, not those I didn't have any issues with.

    To bring you up to speed I have followed the Softmod any Wii tutorial and installed the App Pack v5 download as directed. I also followed the FAT32 guide. Despite following the tutorials very closely I'm still having similar problems with two different HDDs. The tutorials are very good, but that doesn't people having issues - I'm not the only person posting who hasn't managed to get it right, and this is the 11th softmod I've done so it's not like I haven't been around the block.

    I guess since I've struck out with FAT32 and WBFS formats I'll just have to try NTFS. It can't hurt. I'll use the link in your sig - I'm assuming it's a current one and isn't obsolete.
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    1) I didn't say that you didn't use a guide. I stated that I thought you didn't our OUR guide. The fact that your lack of detail of what exactly was done didn't help. You were very detailed in the hardware you attempted, just not in the modding aspect.

    2) I'm not going to check the previous posts of any user asking a question in a thread to get a sense of background. None of the staff here will do so. We go be what we see in each thread and go with it.

    3) Now that you've added some details, my next suggestion would be to post a syscheck (also in my signature) so we can verify that everything in the mod looks good. I would then suggest that you check the hard drives against the compatibility thread http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...lity-list.html to make sure it is known to be good or not.

    I did notice that the first hard drive that you linked was USB 3.0, which Wiis generally have a hard time getting to work correctly. I think some of the beta d2x cIOSs in the v10 range might help with that, but I don't have the experience to instruct you on which ones to use. Hopefully someone else will make a suggestion on which cIOS to try to use to see if it will work with that 3.0 drive.

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    Hmmm, sounds like the op has a case of acute muliebrous abdominal distention...

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