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    Wii Constantly De-formatting External HDD?! What is going on....

    My Wii (4.3 NTSC-U, Letterbombed) keeps de-formatting my Maxtor Personal Storage 3100 external HDD. Literally every third or fourth time I go to plug it into my computer to put a new game on it my computer says "This drive is needs to be formatted before it can be used". This last time it wiped out a collection of 54 Wii games I didn't have the presence of mind to back up somewhere else. My entire disc collection I spent a week ripping.

    This is insanely frustrating. I use this Hard Drive on 3 other computers, a PS3, an Xbox 360 just fine. This only happens when I run a disc game on the Wii or boot WiiFlow. (I stopped using Wiiflow and I didn't realize disc games did this until this morning.)

    The drive is Fat32 one 81g partition primary and active. Does anyone have any idea what the hell keeps screwing up my drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpartanG01 View Post
    My Wii (4.3 NTSC-U, Letterbombed) keeps de-formatting my Maxtor Personal Storage 3100 external HDD. Literally every third or fourth time I go to plug it into my computer to put a new game on it my computer says "This drive is needs to be formatted before it can be used". This last time it wiped out a collection of 54 Wii games I didn't have the presence of mind to back up somewhere else. My entire disc collection I spent a week ripping.

    This is insanely frustrating. I use this Hard Drive on 3 other computers, a PS3, an Xbox 360 just fine. This only happens when I run a disc game on the Wii or boot WiiFlow. (I stopped using Wiiflow and I didn't realize disc games did this until this morning.)

    The drive is Fat32 one 81g partition primary and active. Does anyone have any idea what the hell keeps screwing up my drive?
    You can rip the games from the wii with a loader and NOT have to use your pc or plug it into the pc...

    since you are though.. is the hdd only 1 single partition?

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    Yes and I plug it into the pc because I use it for other things like movies and my music I play off the 360 and that is where I keep my ISO modded games like Mario Kart, SSBB, NSMB, and where I was experimenting with mod menus on CoD but I gave up on that.

    It's one 80gig Fat32 partition I format it using guiformat on full.

    Edit: Not that the pc thing matters though because once it becomes unformatted (which I can confirm happens while plugged into the Wii (I just formatted it put a video on it plugged it in to the Wii and WiiMC saw the video, ran a disc game, now WiiMC doesn't even see the HDD) it becomes unreadable. Pc or not.

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    The wii isnt going to format or unformat your HDD.. It could be a compatibility thing or something YOU are doing while adding or removing things from it.

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    Eh I had a whole set of reasonable conclusions to refute your statement but I won't bother. I gave up on it I'm buying a new HDD it seems like it'd be less stressful than trying to find out what's wrong with this one.

    Just as an aside though in QA if a problem can be provably localized to interaction with a specific device or software you can pretty much rule out user error. I'm assuming the HDD is in some way incompatible with the software being used to detect externals on softmodded Wii's, that or the software has some bad code in it being that the HDD functions perfectly fine in every circumstance outside of interacting with the Wii.

    You can go ahead and close this.

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