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    Exclamation Scientific Study of Why USB loaders don't see my device.

    I have a 300gb Acomodata drive. It was called a hybrid drive, it's a real POS.

    I did the tutorial by dog eggs on how to take a vigin 4.0 wii and get HBC on it ... Success. I did everything in that tutorial.

    Then I got the wad files for 2 usb loader The USB loader 1.5 and the USB loader GX. Sucess I see the channels for these programs

    Then I formatted my drive a million different ways and my drive is recognized by WBFS manager 3.0. But unfortunately all the wii sees is a grey brick.


    OK, so not all drives are supported. But I don't really have access to many drive right now (without buying some extra crap). I need to know all the scientific reasons why my drive is not recognized and test each one until the problem is discovered, the problem is I don't really know all the variables that need to be in place. I'll keep looking for a drive that works, but I feel like I'm looking for a needle in a haystack. Note this is the only homebrew application that I ever want to run ever and once I get it to work I will be done.. For ever. Is there an essential step that I need to do? Thanks.



    Also is there a way to take a wii back to virgin? So i can start completely over if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drwecki View Post
    I have a 300gb Acomodata drive. It was called a hybrid drive, it's a real POS.

    I did the tutorial by dog eggs on how to take a vigin 4.0 wii and get HBC on it ... Success. I did everything in that tutorial.

    Then I got the wad files for 2 usb loader The USB loader 1.5 and the USB loader GX. Sucess I see the channels for these programs

    Then I formatted my drive a million different ways and my drive is recognized by WBFS manager 3.0. But unfortunately all the wii sees is a grey brick.


    OK, so not all drives are supported. But I don't really have access to many drive right now (without buying some extra crap). I need to know all the scientific reasons why my drive is not recognized and test each one until the problem is discovered, the problem is I don't really know all the variables that need to be in place. I'll keep looking for a drive that works, but I feel like I'm looking for a needle in a haystack. Note this is the only homebrew application that I ever want to run ever and once I get it to work I will be done.. For ever. Is there an essential step that I need to do? Thanks.



    Also is there a way to take a wii back to virgin? So i can start completely over if needed.
    Do you know what the make of the actual Hard Disk inside the caddy is?
    Have you checked to make sure youe IOS/cIOS are installed correctly, tried to use normal bu disc channel.
    Try GX Forwarder (attached file Softmods for Dummies in tutes) which resides on SD card and use that program to format Drive when it asks.
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    Have you tried this:

    First turn on your Wii without powering up your HDD. Then after you push the A button and the Wii menu appears, power up your HDD. Wait for the light on the HDD to appear then select your USB Loader.

    This is how I get my Seagate FreeAgent Desk to work with USB Loader.

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    Update, I had this old sandisk MP3 player and I hooked that up to the back and it gave me the option to format the partitions...So it saw them..I took apart the big hard drive too. It's a seagate 320 gb barracuda 7200 10 SN 50f1z9hm. I'm skeptical of the enclosure. So I will try to get a new enclosure. Do old Xbox hard drives work, I also have 2 xbox WD's I'm going to try. So given that the wii recognized my mp3 drive, suggests that the problem is with the hdd itself, not the install of the programs? Correct?

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    It is the drive. I had similar problems with a 320 GB Iomega external HDD. It was hit or miss on whether or not the USB loaders would recognize the drive even though WBFS Manager never had a problem seeing and reading the drive. I decided to consult the compatibility chart that has been available on the internet and purchased a WD 320 GB My Passport external HDD that showed to work perfectly on the chart. It is recognized and read every time without issue.

    Strange how different hard drives would have compatibility issues with this software but they do.

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    It does seem that these enclosures have a higher failure rate when it comes to USB loaders.

    As long as you have an enclosure that works you should be able to plug any hard drive in there, provided it fits. There was a guy on here not long ago who made an enclosure out of an old external DVD writer drive and a hard disk.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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