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    WD my book essential, 2tb, and usb loading

    having some issues getting this drive to initialize on my wii. i have gotten it to work *once* and was able to play new super mario wii for a good hour.

    model number is wdbacw0020hbk-nesn

    i have tried formatting it to fat32, NTFS and WBFS. when i got it to work, it was formatted to fat32. i have tried multiple partitions, set the wii partition first and made it primary(and logical) but all for naught. this is the first time ive ever had an issue with a WD drive on a wii.

    to make certain it wasnt a software issue, i have updated my softmod using mauifrog's guide, as well as updating usbloader gx and cfg usb loader to the most recent versions.

    any help?

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    my drive is on the usb compatibility list thread in the recommended tutorials forum.
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    What did you do to it right before it stopped working?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjizzle View Post
    What did you do to it right before it stopped working?
    well, initially, it didnt work. i played around with formatting it and decided to try splitting it into 2 drives: 1 fat32 and 1 ntfs. the first time i tried this, i loaded 2 games (metroid other m and new super mario wii) and bam! it worked! so i rebooted the wii after playing new super mario wii, restarted usbloader gx and bam, freezing at 'initializing usb device'.

    never got it to work in cfg usb loader
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    I have this issue with any usb loaders I have tried...
    What fixed the issue for me...
    Load your usb loader program... (With your hard drive unplugged from the wii.)
    Wait for it to tell you theres none attached and then attach it while its doing the countdown.
    Doing this makes my drive work 100% of the time thus far. Its a pain having to plug and unplug but whatever... its doable till I get another drive.

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    tried that last night, but thanks for the suggestion!

    when i tried this with usb loader gx, the countdown would stop about a second after i plugged the HD in and then freeze.

    with cfg, it would get to the ok! part, but freeze there :\

    thumb drives (PNY and kingston) still work fine. i really only play ~6 games but there isnt enough room on one 8gig flash drive for them all. 16gig yes (i should stop being cheap and go get a 16...), 8 gig no
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    I was wondering if you ever got your 2tb hard drive working. I just got the same model hard drive as you the other day. Out of the box I formatted it to wbfs and it worked like a charm on my wii. Started installing games and playing them with usbloader gx for hours. But after I turned off my wii and started it back up later that day, nothing will work. It keeps freezing on the initilizing USB device page. I've been searching online for the last 3 days and couldn't find anything that helped me. So did you get it working finally. And if so what advice can you give me to help me get mine working. Thanks.

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    sure didnt actually. though i did isolate the problem to the hardware controller in the enclosure. i verified this by sticking the hd inside the enclosure into a generic usb2 enclosure and wala, it worked.
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    I didn't know you could take those things apart. Let alone know that there was just a regular hard drive inside it and you could put it in another enclosure. But anyway, I think I found a workaround. I did a lot more searching and I can't remember where exactly I found this but someone suggested that right before you load up USB Loader GX you press the power button on the back of the USB hard drive. For whatever reason that seems to work. The hard drive automatically turns on when I start my Wii and pressing the power button on the back doesn't seem to do anything but I guess it must. I tested it several times by trying to load it up without pressing anything and my Wii would freeze on "initilize usb device". But everytime I pressed the power button on the back and then loaded up USB Loader GX it started up just fine. So it's kinda annoying to always have to press that button but at least it is working for now.

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    yeah its easily taken apart, though i did break the case learning how to take it apart.

    no worries, i dont plan on rma'ing the drive anytime soon, as its been rock solid since i put it in my desktop.
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    So I guess I spoke too soon because there were a couple of time where me pushing the button on the back didn't fix the freezing issue. But what I did find that also works is if I unplug the power cord from my Hard Drive until I load up USB Loader GX and then plug it in when it is searching for the hard drive it doesn't seem to freeze. So obviously the Hard Drive works but for some unknown reason something is causing it to freeze. So while I have a work around it really is annoying to have to mess with it each time I want to play. I think I am just going to use this 2tb hard drive on my desktop and try to find a more compatible USB Hard Drive for the Wii. Can you recommend any 2tb hard drives that you know work with out issues? I tried looking at the hard drive compatibility list for 2tb drives but it is very limited and not many confimations one the ones that say works. Thanks.

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