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    Hey guys,
    I don't know who else to trust! Wiihacks has been THE resource for accurate helpful info since I first stumbled in when i was still a softmod freshman...

    (I apologize for the length, but please give me a chance, I know you all love this stuff- hell, I remember people being disappointed when SMG2 came out with no special hurdles to clear!)

    I am having issues with my heretofore amazingly functional sotmod...

    I am softmodded as per doggeggs' 4.1 guide.
    Bootmii as boot2.
    NAND backed up.
    WD passport 250 gb drive.

    I have both USB loader gx and CFG USB loader installed w/ forwarders, but most often just use USBloaderGX, both to play my games off of USB, as well as for ripping games to my drive. The majority of my games have been installed this way, though I do have 10 or so games transferred to my WBFS partition via WBFSmanager3.0.

    My issue, which I've posted some about before, is that some games that worked previously, no longer seem to behave. Previously, games would work fine, then it got to the point where they would freeze or lock up, consistently and at the same spots.
    Black Screens mostly, but also all BLUE (metroid3, first time I played). Some at the start of a cutscene, sometimes after I attempted to pause (punch out).

    If I deleted then reinstalled the game, it seemed to fix the issue (at least for the ones I tried: LEGOstarwars, punchout, HOTDoverkill) and a response to my previous post seemed to point towards the problem potentially being that I was turning the Wii off from within a loaded game, thereby causing bad "clusters" and errors in the games.
    From then on, I have taken care to ALWAYS exit back to the USBloader menu (I priiload into USBlGX) before shutting down, but now other games are "dying".
    Punch Out wont even show the spinning disc on load, it just code dumps (it gives an error in CFG though that seems to point to a bad disc sound or something, dont know it off hand) HOTDok Just boots to black. Some other random freezes.

    Other than the powering off during a game, the only thing that is of note is that once, when I was transferring a game thru WBFSmanager, my usbHD "dropped" three or so inches (desktop to keyboard drawer). To be safe, I uninstalled the game being transferred, and reinstalled that game (FWIW I have not had any issues with playback for this game). This is the only time the drive has ever been "abused".

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    So, could powering down from in a game dick me up like this?

    Is it possible that a 3" drop while writing could fubar the whole drive?

    Is it my loader? (Responses to similar threads indicate a possible issue with USBloaderGX in general, and recommend against it.)

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    I am in the process of backing up my AT partition, as well as backing up a couple IOS from the drive, so that I may reformat the whole thing and start from scratch(ish).
    What are best practices at this point? Am I better off with only using CFGusb or WiiFlow? Which? Pay special attention to power downs? Pat my head and rub my belly? Pray to Miyamoto?

    I have gone from total awe and amazement at my "video game jukebox" to utter frustration when I try to play or even show someone how my once magnificent setup works.

    Help me regain my faith!

    Sorry again for the length, please share any wisdom you have.

    -Case

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    There have been alot of different causes and issues that have resulted in this sort of behavior. It sounds to me like you are more leaning toward physical damage and that is a possibility, Have you ever tried any programs like hddregenerator to check for and try to repair bad sectors?
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    hmmm

    I have not, but would this even be possible on a WBFS formatted drive/partition?
    Is that a PC prog or homebrew?

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    It is a pc program I used to use all the time to fix harddrives with. I was able to repair about 50% of them with it and it is supposed to be able to work with the drive reguardless of what type of filesystem is being used.
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    looks like its looking at the physical level, file system doesnt matter?

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    Not that you wouldn't have noted it if you did, but you don't by any chance know of a free solution offering the same features?
    OR
    I note that this is able to be used WITHOUT sacrificing existing data, would regular reormatting do the same thing at the EXPENSE of t he data? ie: could i accomplish the fix for free/cheap if I am willing to redo all I've done?
    -CASE

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    If not physical broken, it could be that you need to turn off sleep or hibernate mode on your hdd....usually done with the software from manufacture for your hdd. Alot of people have these issues when there hdds go into hibernate mode while playing games

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    ive not really read the whole thing but the part about can a 3" drop while it writing to the drive is interesting. the reading head inside a HDD hovers just above the spinning disc inside. its less that the thickness of a human hair above the disc so a small jolt can cause damage to it more so when it writing data. when not reading/writing the head stays away from the data area so is less likely to corrupt data but when working its very easy for it to scratch he platter with a bang, so that may be the problem

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