USB Flash Drive Fried - what did I do wrong?
I followed all of the softmod instructions faithfully. I can play movies in WiiMC via SMB shares, so I've been doing something right. I was waiting for the weekend to buy a WD USB drive to start converting my game discs to USB, but wanted to try it out so formatted an 8G HP USB Flash Drive (it's on the compatibility list) and plugged it into the USB slot. When I plugged it in, my house lights flickered, the microwave beeped and now the flash drive isn't recognized by any device. I've been using that flash drive regularly, so it was definitely fine before, and obviously SOMETHING happened when the lights flickered. The Wii seems to still be fine in all other respects and even stayed on during the power flicker.
Losing a $20 USB stick isn't that bad, but I don't want to lose a $100+ drive. Do you think there's something wrong with the hardware in the Wii and it's likely to fry anything I put in it or was it just some kind of bad luck with that stick? In other words, should I try again or just give up on this awesome idea of using USB and not having to rebuy games after my daughter scratches them up?