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    Hard Drive not reading as WBFS

    So, here's my situation. I have WBFS Manager 3.0, partitioned my external hard drive (Seagate 500GB -partitioned 200GB for this), clicked format on my H: drive (which happens to be the partition), it says it's formatted, plug it into my Wii, load up the USBloader, opens up and asks to click on an external source, I click on USB hard drive (or whatever it says), it says that there's not a WBFS partition and asks if I want to format a partition, so I click yea, then it says that it can't find a partition.

    Is this common? and what do I need to do to fix it?

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    Firmware: 4.0u
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    I had the same problem to.What i did is format my drive with usb loader on my wii and everything is fine.

    Oops my bad i see you already tried that.The reason why your drive is not recognized in usb loader could be cause your wsbf partition is not a primary partition.

    Do it like this...
    right click my computer and click on manage.Then go to storage and then disk management.
    Choose your drive,right click on it and pick delete volume.
    Then right click again and pick new simple volume.Pick a letter for your drive then next check the option not to format.
    This is going to be your primary wsbf partition.

    Now if you want to make another partition then do the same thing except this time after picking the letter of the drive let it get formatted to fat32.
    After you are done just plug the drive in your console and load up usb loader and format the primary raw partition.
    All done then install the games you want in there and enjoy.
    This same process worked for me today when i was setting up my usb portable maxtor 230 gb drive.
    Last edited by silentdan; 05-27-2009 at 01:55 AM.

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    Still didn't work.

    From searching on other forums, it's saying that my hard drive isn't compatible with the USB loader.

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    Still didn't work.

    From searching on other forums, it's saying that my hard drive isn't compatible with the USB loader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blur22 View Post
    Still didn't work.

    From searching on other forums, it's saying that my hard drive isn't compatible with the USB loader.
    it could be that then,i hear that seagates are not the right drives for this kind of stuff.
    My little maxtor portable usb HDD is great.Its small enough to fit in your pocket and the capacity is great to (250 gb).I picked it up in my local Walmart and im happy with it.

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    i have the soultion. this happened to me.

    make sure the fat32 partition you format to wbfs is a primary partition, and that all others are logical, and then both wbfs manager and usb loader should read them.

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    I too am having problems with my Seagate hard drive. I have an Iomega external hard drive and I opened the enclosure up to see exactly what hard drive was in there and it's a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (ST35000830AS) 500GB. I've tried numerous times to get it working with both USB Loader 1.5 and USB Loader GX to no avail. I've tried formatting/partitioning the drive in FAT32 and NTFS modes and that makes no difference at all, I did the usual WBFS format in WBFS Manager and that made no difference. I have started the USB loaders first before connecting the hard drive (tried both USB ports) and I still get the same Ret= -6 error (in USB Loader 1.5, in USB Loader GX it just says it can't find the drive, even after a 30 second retry). When the drive is connected and being searched for, it has a blue neon light at the front which is normally always on to indicate the drive is powered on but this goes off. I must assume at this point that my particular model of Seagate drive is not compatible with any USB Loaders. So to that end, which model/make of external hard drive should I go for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfxTwn View Post
    ...So to that end, which model/make of external hard drive should I go for?
    I bought this today: Western Digital My Book Essential WDH1U7500N 750GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

    My research has pointed me to this drive as others have said that it will power down once the Wii is powered down. I dig that!

    I decided to stay away from the USB powered drives as they sound like they may stress the power supply extra, therefore, leading to premature failure. Definitely don't want that!

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    I've decided upon getting a Western Digital one, only a different model to the one you recommended: Buy WESTERN DIGITAL DD3 5 640 EL UK | 640gb 3.5" external hard drive - Specification | Comet
    This one is also on the USB Devices Compatability List and has 640gig for just under 50! I'm going picking it up tomorrow so hopefully I'll finally be able to get this USB loader to work.

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    Good luck!

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