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    When I switch the HDDs I unhook one and replace it with the other only using the outer usb port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaxxonking View Post
    Sorry to hijack this thread but I have a question that i can not find answered anywhere else about HDD. I have 2 HDD that have the same games on them. When hooking them up to my Wii everything works perfectly with HDD #1. HDD #2 however allows me to view the games when I start the current version of usb config loader from my Wii but when I start a game it says starting disc and then the Wii freezes and does not respond to any buttons except can power off after holding the power button on Wii down for at least 5-10 seconds. I have played games on both Hard drives regularly in the past using the same SD card for both. I really do not want to have to reformat the second drive because I have over 200 games stored. anyone have any ideas? It happens on all of the games I have tested with the second HDD. Also WBFS finds the drive and lists all the games when I hook it up to a PC. I have even cloned this drive for a friend and it played successfully on my Wii and his. Is the drive toast?
    No problem, this is not a hijacking-tutorial threads address problems associated with the tutorial topic so you are fine. It is the single thread posts that are not to be hijacked.

    As I understand your situation, both HDDs worked just fine, the games were playable and even clonable as you described. I think you you have sufficient understanding of your setup that you are really know the answer but are hoping against all odds not to have copy 200 games over to another drive. The only hope for you that the problem is NOT the inevitable failing HDD is that you report updating of your USB Loader. Try another, try all the other loaders, try an earlier version of the CFG Loader, but simultaneously, price another compatible HDD as I think you know your HDD is on the verge of failing.

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    By the waym ZaxxonKing-a probably unrelated matter. The repeated plugging and unplugging of the HDDs into the USB port can cause that port to have wear-and-tear, positional, etc type problems. You mentioned your connections were checked and fine. For the future, I suggest you use a USB extension cable. As you probably know, a USB hub will not work, so the best we can do in alternating USB HDDs is to use that extension for the plug/unplug stresses. Makes it easier to reach the USB port, too.

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    Hi there Guys,
    Im a newbie to all this, and have successfully softmodded the wii. But the main problem now is getting the HD to be recognised. I have followed the tut above to the law, but when I format it via WFBS Manager 3.0 it seems to format it and on the main screen it shows that 100% of the disc has been used? So when I connect it to the wii and try to copy a game (Using coverfloader) it says that there is no space on the drive, yet there is nothing on there apart from the process of formatting it via the WFBS manager?

    any ideas chaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
    By the waym ZaxxonKing-a probably unrelated matter. The repeated plugging and unplugging of the HDDs into the USB port can cause that port to have wear-and-tear, positional, etc type problems. You mentioned your connections were checked and fine. For the future, I suggest you use a USB extension cable. As you probably know, a USB hub will not work, so the best we can do in alternating USB HDDs is to use that extension for the plug/unplug stresses. Makes it easier to reach the USB port, too.
    Thanks for the quick response. I am going to start using the usb extention to save wear and tear on the Wii usb port. Looks like I am going to the store today to pick up a new HDD. Thanks again

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    Hi Peeps. Brill site, helped me loads.
    I have a hard modded v4.2 Wii and I've soft modded it too, homebrew.

    Thanx for your guys info I have most things working

    I can use a USB stick to play backup wii games with Uloader and Config loader. I have used an external case 'Conceptronic' with a couple of old seagate internal hdd's, 500gb and 160gb. Though..... Uloader and Config loader failed to recognize the HDD's. The console freezes and the blue disk light flashes every few seconds, needing to unplug and restart the wii. Tried all formatting.... WBFS Fat32 and NTFS.... BUT No deal....

    THOUGH !!! The Hdd's are recognized with media playerCE and mplayer and I can playback movies music etc.

    Any help PLEASE???

    Cheers
    Mallee

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    disc install error :(

    i have everything working fine now except i cant install discs, even legit store bought games. it doesnt show any errors or black screens or status bars, i click install and it just doesnt do anything and freezes. please help !

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    Quote Originally Posted by stucatz1 View Post
    Hi there Guys,
    Im a newbie to all this, and have successfully softmodded the wii. But the main problem now is getting the HD to be recognised. I have followed the tut above to the law, but when I format it via WFBS Manager 3.0 it seems to format it and on the main screen it shows that 100% of the disc has been used? So when I connect it to the wii and try to copy a game (Using coverfloader) it says that there is no space on the drive, yet there is nothing on there apart from the process of formatting it via the WFBS manager?

    any ideas chaps.
    Many thanks
    1. Make sure your HDD is known to be compatible
    2. Check that the HDD is both Active and Primary
    3. Check to see if there is a hidden partition or has hidden files
    4. Try using a different USB Loader

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallee View Post
    Hi Peeps. Brill site, helped me loads.
    I have a hard modded v4.2 Wii and I've soft modded it too, homebrew.

    Thanx for your guys info I have most things working

    I can use a USB stick to play backup wii games with Uloader and Config loader. I have used an external case 'Conceptronic' with a couple of old seagate internal hdd's, 500gb and 160gb. Though..... Uloader and Config loader failed to recognize the HDD's. The console freezes and the blue disk light flashes every few seconds, needing to unplug and restart the wii. Tried all formatting.... WBFS Fat32 and NTFS.... BUT No deal....

    THOUGH !!! The Hdd's are recognized with media playerCE and mplayer and I can playback movies music etc.

    Any help PLEASE???

    Cheers
    Mallee
    To have any chance of getting those internal HDDs working you will have to use a utility disk and change the energy-saving settings. Internal HDDs are the most problem-plagued HDDs to try to get working on a Wii for games for a number of reasons. Most relevant for you is the power-saving scheme needs to be re-set to never go to sleep or some very delayed setting. Once that is addressed, you may still need to wait for the USB Loader to be in active seek mode before plugging in the HDD/Enclosure unit. So, after setting the power-down/powersaving modes built-into those Seagates drives, start up the Wii, run the USB Loader and when it starts looking for the USB HDD, plug your drive in at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaw91 View Post
    i have everything working fine now except i cant install discs, even legit store bought games. it doesnt show any errors or black screens or status bars, i click install and it just doesnt do anything and freezes. please help !
    Not too many clues here, Jaw. Let us presume that the USB Loader runs OK-it starts up and displays IOS249rev17, I hope. Going from there, to even try to install a game to the HDD, the HDD was recognized (I hope). So, going with what you wrote, uninstall USB Loader GX completely from the SD card and reinstall it again. Also, make sure your boot.elf and Private folder from your softmod have been deleted from the SD card.

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