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    I have also had problems with my transcend 320 GB. I got mine before christmas sometime and spent days trying to get it to work and like the previous post, the only program that would work was WiiBackupManager along with Neogammer. I couldn't get any other loaders to work, and I tried almost all of them. I wasn't happy with how Neogammer worked because I couldn't get all games to load, so I ended up getting a 500 gb Seagate Freeagent Go (which works flawlessly with anything I throw at it) and now use my transcend to backup pictures.
    My results with hddscan seem to confirm everyone elses results here with my phsyical sector size of 4096 bytes. I did have a 160 GB transcend for a family member that worked perfectly and have been scratching my head ever since trying to figure out why my 320 GB did not work. This may be why. Thank you for posting your results here.

    LBA Support Yes
    LBA28 268435455
    LBA48 625142448
    ATA Version 8
    Logical Sector Size 512 bytes
    Physical Sector Size 4096 bytes

    My transcend is identified by hddscan as a samsung HM321HI.
    Last edited by jjfro9; 01-15-2010 at 05:44 PM.

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    @randon9 and @jjfro0 - Aaaarrrggghhh! As you say, looks like Transcend have changed the drives they use for their 320 GB models, but kept the same product code.

    The HM320II with physical sector of 512 works fine, but the HM321HI (which I have) with a physical sector of 4096 has problems. (AFAIK, the 250 GB drive are all OK.)

    I guess the best we can do is:
    1. Use WBM to format the drive and Neogamma to play them. Or,
    2. Use a different drive.


    Will post something on the compataible HDD list pointing to this thread in case anyone else has this problem. (Not sure what they do about it as the reseller are hardly going to open up the box, do a hddscan just to tell us which drive it's using! I guess the best advice is avoid this model to be safe or buy the 250 GB drives.)

    Glad we got to the bottom of it, anyway.

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    Update:

    FWIW, i just tried using FAT32 instead of WBFS and using Configurable USB Loader (which can load backup games off of FAT32) and I get a Exception ISI occurred stack dump. Oh well...

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    Final test:

    Just tried using NTFS instead of WBFS and using WBFS Backup Manager 0.3.3 to transfer files and USB Loader GX 874 to load the ISO: no good. Looks like only NeoGamma and USB Loader (waninkoko) are able to cope with physical sectors of 4096.

    That's it: I give up.


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    @mossywell

    Well done, you identified the reason finally =)

    New Transcend drives come with "Windows 7 compatibility logo". And they don't work. Maybe it's the second point.

    As for me, i changed it for WD. Works perfectly.

    If it is possible for you, try to bring it back. It's much easier than dancing around it =D

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    @Shokolad

    The 250GB Transcend drive comes with the "Compatible with Windows 7" logo but still works fine.

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    @sebbino: I think that's the point: the 250 gb ones do indeed work; it's the 320 gb HM321HI ones that are the problem.

    @Shokolad: Yup - I dug out an old 500 gb Wd mybook drive that had been gathering dust and it's worked absolutely fine. So I now have a drop-proof 320 gb drive that I carry around with me. TBH, I still find it odd that some usb loaders support 4096 bytes per physical sector (including waninoko's) but other don't. Oh well..

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    i got a Transcend StoreJet 320gb works fine with wbfs so i got another it came up with the same prob as yours would not format so i took it out of caddy put it in another caddy it works fine i think it is the caddy circuit board thats at fault

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    @buzz01: for us to continue to diagose the problem, you'll need to tell us the number of bytes per physical sector before and after using a new caddy (as per the earlier posts). Also, the exact model of caddy you're now using would be useful.
    tvm

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    Unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by mossywell View Post
    @Shokolad: Nice one - I gave it a go and success! In fact I tried WBM before but missed one step which is why I thought it wasn't working. For anyone else trying to use WBM, here are the exact steps I did (you might be able to cut out one or two of them):
    - I had to connect both USB ports up (I think one just supplies extra power but I'm not sure).
    - Delete any partitions on the usb drive.
    - Create a new FAT32 partition in Windows and make a note of the drive letter you use.
    - Fire up Wii Backup Manager (I used 0.3.3).
    - Options, Settings, Drives and untick "use mounted volumes only" (This was the bit I missed before which meant that when I formatted it to WFBS, and later restarted WBFS, it could no longer see the drive, so I thought it wasn't working. D'oh!) This is essential if you later want to add backup ISOs to the drive without nuking the drive first.
    - Tools, Format drives... and select your drive. It should format OK.
    - Transfer your files. (Files, Add etc etc.)

    When it's done I connected it to the Wii (both USB ports again - don't know if that's really necessary), I could use either USB Loader 1.5 or Neogamma r8 beta 15 to get it working. Unfortunately, USB Loader GX (latest version - not tried earlier versions) just does the black screen trick which is unfortunate as it's my favourite usb loader!

    Anyway, thx Shokolad for putting in all the hard work and sharing the info.
    Hi, how do you create the partition? I can't, I only can create NTFS.
    Well, I can't speak english so i dont unsderstand well
    Last edited by 13colonias; 01-29-2010 at 07:53 PM.

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