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    Wii will not recognise "external" drive

    I have a wiikey 2 but have recently got into USB loading. I have 4.2 and followed the tute. I have used USBloader GX and Neogamma with success plenty of times using a 2gig stick formatted to WBFS using WBFS manager. I recently acquired an 80 gig 3.5" internal WesternDigital IDE drive and have mounted it into a USB case to use as an external drive to play my backups.

    I have formatted the drive and added games using WBFS manager as per normal, however none of the apps will recognize the drive. Neo gamma will open but won't mount the drive, usb loader gx won't even start (get the "reading slow drive" message) and i've also tried cfg loader but it won't recognise the drive either. I've even tried formatting the drive formatted to NTFS using usb loader but to no avail. Any suggestions?

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    It's been reported that an internal drive in an external enclosure has problems with the Wii finding the drive.

    If you can get hold of a true external drive you shouldn't have the issue.
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    Hudson this is what I had to do to get mine to work:
    I had this same issue with mine. I was using an 80gb hdd from an 8year old laptop that I have in an enclosure. I first tried using usb loader gx that did not work. keep in mind as soon as i plugged in my hdd to the usb it start up with no problem. So i figured i would try wiiflow. so i installed that and nothing. Then i decided to go into wad manager and I remember seeing the menu that you are able to mount sd card, usb 2.0, usb1.1 and so so i tried it using the usb 2.0 pushed A and plugged in the hdd in the usb slot on the bottom and it worked. it brought up the directories on the drive. So i exited out and from the system menu started wii flow and it worked with about a 3 second delay. so now if i completly turn off the wii (red light) i have to go through the wad manager everytime. Or just keep the wii in standby mode (orange light) the hdd stays on but i wont have to go through all those steps. This is what I have found so far to work for me I do not know if anyone else that has wiiflow knows of a way to get the wii to mount or read the hdd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudson44 View Post
    I have a wiikey 2 but have recently got into USB loading. I have 4.2 and followed the tute. I have used USBloader GX and Neogamma with success plenty of times using a 2gig stick formatted to WBFS using WBFS manager. I recently acquired an 80 gig 3.5" internal WesternDigital IDE drive and have mounted it into a USB case to use as an external drive to play my backups.

    I have formatted the drive and added games using WBFS manager as per normal, however none of the apps will recognize the drive. Neo gamma will open but won't mount the drive, usb loader gx won't even start (get the "reading slow drive" message) and i've also tried cfg loader but it won't recognise the drive either. I've even tried formatting the drive formatted to NTFS using usb loader but to no avail. Any suggestions?
    I only use drives in enclosures. This is what has worked for me. I use usb loader gx for my library.

    1. Format the external drive through the command prompt in dos to fat32. Do no use any type of "quick format". THis is the command line X=Your drive letter... "format /FS:FAT32 X:"

    2. Once that has completed you will see a prompt that windows needs to reformat the drive to read it. Leave it as is.

    3. Open WBFS and format the drive.

    4. In WBFS press "load"

    5. You drive is ready to accept games. You should have no problem loading.

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    Thanks for the info guys. I have tried both your methods but to no avail. JBillone, i formatted the drive to FAT32 first (you need a "formatfat32.exe" file to perform the format) and tried the wad manager angle, but i would say that the drive is just no compatible with the wii. Will go out and buy an external drive. Cheers for your help....

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    did u try plugging the HDD into the other usb slot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaGetti View Post
    did u try plugging the HDD into the other usb slot?
    Yep. Outer always works, but did try the other one.

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    Just a mention here, i use 2.5" sata drives and usb2.0 enclosures, all work fine in the wii and ps3. The sata drives are pulled from my laptop when i upgrade and put into an enclosure.

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    Some drives just won't work with the wii for some reason.

    I have a 60gb usb drive which my wii hates,yet it works great with my 500gb hdd!

    I had planned on using the 60gb for games,and the 500gb for movies,episodes,and music as my Blu ray player accepts the 500gb drive,luckily I partitioned it to 2x250gb,still got 188gb free on the wii partition

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