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    Cannot regconize USB HDD anymore

    Hi,

    I am using WD My Book 500GB with NTFS format in the combination of Configuration USB Loader, Wii Backup Manager and WiiExplorer. It was running good until this morning I detached my HDD from Wii and connected it to the home PC Windows 7. There's a popup dialog asked me to format the drive. I cancelled it and opened Explorer but it didn't allow to access the HDD unless I agreed to format the drive.

    I remember the last action I did in Wii was using WiiExplorer to copy some music and covers from PC/SD to NTFS HDD (at this time the HDD was connected to Wii).

    Has anyone experienced the similar thing? Any advice to fix or even use some kinds of recovery tool this to save my data in the HDD?

    Thanks in advance. Any help would be much appreciated since I may lost all the data!

    PS. I know there might be a problem with the HDD, but aside from that, I'd like to get the opion and suggestions before suffering the pain to format the drive.

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    when it says that the partition table was corrupted and usally can not be fixed with out formatting the drive...

    i would reconmend that you eject the hdd when you can from windows and when you have it on the wii make sure its not loading a game or cover or etc... go back to the wii menu then shut off the wii... and dont disconnect the hdd with the wii on...


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    Quote Originally Posted by beemisc View Post
    Hi,

    I am using WD My Book 500GB with NTFS format in the combination of Configuration USB Loader, Wii Backup Manager and WiiExplorer. It was running good until this morning I detached my HDD from Wii and connected it to the home PC Windows 7. There's a popup dialog asked me to format the drive. I cancelled it and opened Explorer but it didn't allow to access the HDD unless I agreed to format the drive.

    I remember the last action I did in Wii was using WiiExplorer to copy some music and covers from PC/SD to NTFS HDD (at this time the HDD was connected to Wii).

    Has anyone experienced the similar thing? Any advice to fix or even use some kinds of recovery tool this to save my data in the HDD?

    Thanks in advance. Any help would be much appreciated since I may lost all the data!

    PS. I know there might be a problem with the HDD, but aside from that, I'd like to get the opion and suggestions before suffering the pain to format the drive.

    It will do this everytime until you switch the drive into a Fat32 partition and a WBFS. You need to use Fat32 for your wii apps, I know they work sometimes on NTFS, but they always seem to crash after you remove the HDD, as if something was still in motion. Using Fat32 seems to remain stable, so you need to do that. Also if you have a wbfs windows will always ask you to format that partition, make sure you dont.

    You can use Partmagic to make the necessary partitions on those USB HDDs, Im currently using a Seagate TB with 700GB NTFS(movies and music-no apps or progs) 4 GB Fat32( covers and apps and nand bakups, I still have an SD card with a back-up of the fat32 partition- for if ever the HDD goes gay) and 220 or so(for WBFS). Just to give you some idea of a set up.

    Unfortunately at this point, you have no choice but to format, if you re-format to NTFS, it will happen again, better luck on the next round!
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    Thanks folks, very imformative!

    Actually I found out a way, running chkdsk will fix it. But seems that BrownLLamma brought up a good point with an additional FAT32. I'll take a look at that.

    Just to clarify in your proposal, do you mean like this:

    HDD with total capacity x GB devided into 2 partitions:
    4GB FAT32 as primary parition: apps
    x-4 GB NTFS as secondary parition: movies, mucis, games

    I wonder the problem still occur for the NTFS partition or not because the USB Loader still needs to load games from it?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beemisc View Post
    Just to clarify in your proposal, do you mean like this:

    HDD with total capacity x GB devided into 2 partitions:
    4GB FAT32 as primary parition: apps
    x-4 GB NTFS as secondary parition: movies, mucis, games

    I wonder the problem still occur for the NTFS partition or not because the USB Loader still needs to load games from it?

    Thanks a lot.
    1 x GB HDD with 3 x Partitions.

    1 x Partition = WBFS for backups to run from HDD
    1 x Partition = NTFS or Fat32 for movies and music to play on Geexbox and Mplayer
    1 x Partition = Fat32 to store apps and covers

    The top 2 are necessary for your media to run properly, the latter can be replaced with an SD.

    If you set it up like this, all should work fine, and when you plug the HDD into the computer, it will only ask you to format 1 x partition, which you will always say no, because that will be the wbfs partition, in which windows cannot read, so it offers to format it. The other 2 should open up in explorer as normal.
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