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    Trouble Formatting 2.5 TB WD Element to WBFS

    I'm using WBFS Manager 3.01 x64 to try and format a 100Gb partition on my USB HDD to WBFS. Currently the partition is Primary and Active and I have tried both Fat32 and NTFS; the drive is devoid of manufacture software.

    The error reads, "Error occurred while loading drive. Make sure the drive is not in use or open and that it has been formatted to WBFS format."

    This does seem like an odd error to receive because I'm not attempting to load the drive, but format it. Also, as far as I'm aware no programs or utilities are trying to read from or utilize the hard drive.

    Any tips?!
    Last edited by thanamesjames; 09-07-2011 at 03:54 PM.

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    the problem your having is because you need to delete the partition on your hard drive and then create a new partition but don't format it. then go to wbfs manager and format it to wbfs. There is a guide here, just search for it. if you have any questions let me know,

    you tried formatting to wfbs but it's not letting you because the drive is already formatted to fat32 or ntfs.
    Last edited by Brian; 09-07-2011 at 02:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsnene View Post
    you tried formatting to wfbs but it's not letting you because the drive is already formatted to fat32 or ntfs.
    So I tried formatting to WBFS while the drive is "Unallocated" for the File System, still Primary and Active, and yet still no dice.
    Are you sure that's the problem? I've formatted drives before that were NTFS without any hiccups.

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    you can not format the entire 2.5TB to WBFS, you have to use NTFS for the whole thing or partition it and use whatever you want as long as it is less than 2TB, i.e. 2TB FAT32 and 500GB WBFS, etc... WBFS and FAT32 have a 2TB limit...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    you can not format the entire 2.5TB to WBFS, you have to use NTFS for the whole thing or partition it and use whatever you want as long as it is less than 2TB, i.e. 2TB FAT32 and 500GB WBFS, etc... WBFS and FAT32 have a 2TB limit...
    That's good info to know, but unfortunately I was already only formatting 100GBs of it. I'm really at a loss as to what's going on here. I don't see this particular hard drive listed on compatibility charts... though I see a few like it, just different sizes. I realize I called the drive the wrong thing earlier though, its not an essential its an element.

    Regardless, the partition is 100Gb, Primary, Active, First Listed In Volume, and I've tried FAT32, NTFS, and Unallocated.

    I've successfully formatted drives before, I'm starting to think it's just incompatible :/
    Last edited by thanamesjames; 09-07-2011 at 03:54 PM.

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    You have it as unallocated, but you need to create a new partition, just don't format to ntfs or fat 32. and then go to wfbs manager and format the partition you created

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    ok, you have the unallocated space click on it. create new partition, don't format it, make it an active partition, and then finnally format it to wfbs.
    You can also try using "wii game manager" if wfbs manager is not working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsnene View Post
    You have it as unallocated, but you need to create a new partition, just don't format to ntfs or fat 32. and then go to wfbs manager and format the partition you created
    Yea :/ I am creating a new partition when I do that... I assign a drive letter and all, I just don't format it to anything specific. It shows up as "raw" under Disk Management, unallocated under EASUS.

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    Well I guess I'm giving up unless someone else has any suggestions - the error when I try to format within Wii Game Manager reads, "There was an unknown error in formatting the drive. If it is a removable drive try reinserting it, if not, try restarting your computer" That was for wbfs; fat32 worked no problem... but i'm wanting to backup some double layer discs.

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    You can still rip dual layer games to a FAT32 partition. It will split the game into parts but will be fully playable still. Just format the part of the drive you want to use for games to either NTFS or FAT32 and play them from that. There is really no point in using WBFS anymore.

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