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    USB Loader GX, USB HDD issues

    First time poster here so hello to all,

    Right I have soft modded my son's Nintendo Wii using 'ModMii' and I am running firmware 4.2E. I have loaded USB Loader GX and it works perfectly with 8GB USB Stick so I have opted for a bigger external HDD. I am currently using a Hitachi HTS541080G9SA00 80GB HDD which I have formatted to WBFS via WBFS software and have moved games across but whenever I load USB Loader GX it looks for the HDD with no success and powers the HDD off. I have attempted unplugging the HDD and reconnecting it and then it changes to loading but freezes and I have no choice but to power down at the mains.

    Any help or suggestions please? The HDD is powered on fine when the Wii first starts off and only powers down when the USB Loader GX program is looking for the HDD.

    Im at my wits end

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    usb hdd

    Don't you need to format/add a fat32 partition on the hdd as well, 2GB recommended so you can save settings, covers, gamesaves etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by djsat View Post
    Don't you need to format/add a fat32 partition on the hdd as well, 2GB recommended so you can save settings, covers, gamesaves etc
    I was not aware of that and it is something I will add. Would this explain the powering down of the HDD though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djsat View Post
    Don't you need to format/add a fat32 partition on the hdd as well, 2GB recommended so you can save settings, covers, gamesaves etc
    I was not aware of that and it is something I will add. Would this explain the powering down of the HDD though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djsat View Post
    Don't you need to format/add a fat32 partition on the hdd as well, 2GB recommended so you can save settings, covers, gamesaves etc
    You don't need one because you can use your SD card. That's entirely on how the user wants to set it up. OP have you checked the HDD compatibility list to see if anyone else has experienced luck using that brand/model HDD? Maybe the drive isn't compatible with the Wii?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkcide666 View Post
    You don't need one because you can use your SD card. That's entirely on how the user wants to set it up. OP have you checked the HDD compatibility list to see if anyone else has experienced luck using that brand/model HDD? Maybe the drive isn't compatible with the Wii?
    I have looked and have no success whatsoever as to find whether or not people have used this brand of HDD. Someone was successful with a 80GB Hitachi HDD but they do not state what model. I do have a Seagate Momentous 160GB HDD. Just formatted that to WBFS and going to see my luck now. Some people have said about sleep modes and spin down times though which can be controlled with software I have had a look at Seagates website and find some software but not too sure what I should be doing with it.

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    You might be right about sleep/spindown. If you already have the software for your drive you might want to install it on your PC and see if there are any power saving options for you to turn off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkcide666 View Post
    You might be right about sleep/spindown. If you already have the software for your drive you might want to install it on your PC and see if there are any power saving options for you to turn off.
    Well I have just tried the 160GB Seagate HDD and it does something very odd. The moment I load up USB Loader GX it powers on, off, on, off and on again and then crashes with EXCEPTION DSI OCCURED followed by loads of code and then RELOADING IN 5 SECONDS followed by RELOAD at the bottom. It is at this time I have to power off the Wii at the mains. The Seagate HDD has a 2GB Fat32 partition and a 158GB WBFS partition.

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    ---UPDATE---
    Just to let everyone know that I have downloaded and installed 'WiiFlow' to see if it works with the 160GB Seagate HDD and I have some sort of success. At first the HDD does the same as posted above powering on and off repeatedly. But then it powers up again and WiiFlow loads and the HDD is recognised. I am now doing my 6th game backup without any issues (fingers crossed). I admit I do need to read through 'WiiFlow' properly but by the looks of it it has the same cheat feature as 'USB Loader GX' . I have turned it on in the settings but how do I access it please?

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    ---UPDATE 2---
    No longer working and refusing to load. One thing I have noticed though is that the USB HDD is powered constantly from the beginning and only loses power when loading HBC, WiiFlow, USB Loader GX, etc. Why is this? could this be whats causing me problems? The HDD clearly works as it has loaded once already and still has the 6 games backed up on it from earlier. Any advice people!? Im at my wits end and just wanna throw the Wii out of the window at the moment. Also what software would I download to sort out sleep mode/spin speed, etc? The HDD in question is a Seagate Momentus 5400.3

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