Wii no longer recognizes USB HDD
I'm facing a bit of a strange problem. I found this forum a few weeks ago and have since successfully softmodded my own wii and that of a friend. Today I visited another friend, who had also softmodded his wii and had been playing games from a Lacie HDD for a few days. When he wanted to show me a few games he had bought and ripped to the USB disk, USB Loader CFG no longer recognized his disk. It would timeout after 30 seconds, with error ret -1.
His Wii ran System Menu 4.0e and he uses a Lacie Desktop HDD 500 Gb, formatted with WBFS, only one partition. His setup had worked fine for days, he'd been able to rip and play games to and from the HDD.
We first tried the usual troubleshooting steps: reconnected the USB HDD, used the other USB port on the Wii, first started the Wii, then the disk, first started the disk, then the Wii, none of these steps changed the situation. The only noticeable change was that when the left USB port was used, the Wii would lock up completely and required a restart.
I connected the Lacie to my laptop running Windows XP and the hardware was recognized without problems. I could load the drive in WBFS Manager 3.0 and saw all the content. Reconnecting the drive to the Wii resulted in the same problem.
I then proceeded to redo the softmod procedure found here, adding the installation of USB Loader GX. The process completed ok, no errors encountered. At this point the Wii ran System Menu 4.1. However, using USB Loader GX, USB Loader CFG or Neogamma r8, the disk is still not recognized.
As a last resort, I tried installing Hermes cIOS 4, to no avail. I installed custom IOS 222 using IOS37 merged with IOS38 and custom IOS 223 using IOS60 merged with IOS38.
USB Loader GX will tell me it's waiting for my slow USB device, and after 30 seconds prompts me to try IOS249 or IOS222, timing out again after 30 more seconds.
USB Loader CFG also waits 30 seconds and then times out
Neogamma immediately tells me that there's no disk present when I select mount USB device.
The wiki on GBA temp claims that the Lacie Desktop HDD should work with a USB Loader. The disk has worked fine for several days and still works fine when connected to a PC.
Has anyone ever experienced anything similar? Any advice for a newbie?
I'm reluctant to reformat the drive, as there's quite a bit of games on there and I'd hate to have to rerip all of them.
I would appreciate any help you can offer.