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    Still having problems. It seems my Wii does recognize my Ext HDD, but only through HBC, not through any of the Loaders. I''m able to boot up apps from the Ext through HBC.

    I read online that I needed 2 partitions and they had to be in a certain order. So this is what I have:
    E: 3.5GB (Tut said 1st partition is used for images(?))
    F: 108.xx GB (Tut said this was for WBFS)

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    Would updating my FW from 3.2U to 4.1U(?) increase my chances of the HDD working or should I just wait till a Loader is updated to support more HDDs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by opt1cs View Post
    Would updating my FW from 3.2U to 4.1U(?) increase my chances of the HDD working or should I just wait till a Loader is updated to support more HDDs?
    4.1 adds sd card menu to launch channels from and is great for softmodding...don't think you lose any usablity of 3.2 softmods but may need to update them to work with new menu

    I had a HDD once that would act screwy on the wii if i put different partitions on it...have you tried formatting fully and then just making the one wbfs partition the whole size of the HDD, make primary and active, then initialize wbfs partition, putting on a few games and trying that way?...that way loaders only have one partition to read.

    you would have to run apps from SD card but maybe you could finally play wii games from HDD
    Last edited by jpimp; 05-21-2010 at 08:36 AM.

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    Yup, formatted the HDD so many times. Most cases I set it up with 1 partition. I just did a 32 pass format on it yesterday and still nothing.

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    Unhappy

    I feel your pain . I have 4 of the exact same drives and I can only get 3 of them to work . No matter how many times I reformatted my 4th drive , it will not be picked up by the Wii . I am sorry to say you might just have a bad drive . I still use my 4th drive as a back up for other files , so all is not lost .

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    UPDATE:
    Tried another HDD, WD 320GB. Same issue. I've come to the conclusion that my problem is not the HDD, but rather the enclosure.

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    Check this compatibilty list USB Devices Compatibility List - WikiTemp

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    hey i had the same problem with my WD 250gb drive. ive been following your post to see if i could also fix the problem.. after messing with it for almost a month now .. i just got it to work. i was ready to smash my HDD!!! ok well this is what i did..

    I downloaded WiiBackupManager0.3.4r4. Thats the only one that seems to work for me. if you google it you should be able to find it.
    I also downloaded a partition wizard , Partition Wizard Home Edition - Reviews and free Partition Wizard Home Edition downloads at Download.com, its free and works great!!!

    First i used the partition wizard to divide up my drive, I split it 3 ways 2- 100gb partitions and a 32gb partition. (but u dont have to)
    Then i set one of the 100gb as active and primary.
    Then i formatted the active 100gb partition as a FAT32.
    I did all this using the partition wizard.

    Then i brought up my wii backup manager and selected to format drives under tools. scroll down to the drive letter then select WBFS as the new file system to format it.
    my drive took less than a sec to format.
    then you just use the backup manager to add your games..

    I formatted my drive so many times and tried so many ways to make this work .. this is the only way that has worked for me I was going to buy another drive thinking there was something wrong with this one. but i finally got it to work. good luck!!

    I really hope this works for you .. I was going insane trying to figure this out. I had no knowledge of partitions or formatting for that matter.. but after all this ive learned quite a bit..
    Last edited by bertswoot; 06-01-2010 at 06:32 PM.

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    I guess you do, but do you know that the HDD MUST be connected to the port that is on the corner? Maybe that's what causes the problem?

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