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    Possible HDD corruption problem? Game saves wont load

    Hi There,
    Something of a Newbie from the UK here. Got a soft modded wii using various loaders to run games from HDD. Tried to instal Scarface the other day and got loads of errors using config USB loader. Could not delete game either, config usb just froze. So went into drive via wiiflow and deleted game. BUT drive seemed to drop maybe 10GB on deletion, which is way more space than the partial install of Scarface should have used up.
    Now I have all sorts of problems on loading games. Some will not open at all, just straight to black screen, some load fine. The majority though load up ok until it comes to loading a save file or starting gameplay, then tehy just freeze up or go to permanent loading, never progressing to the game.
    I am hoping someone has a great idea on here how to fix this as I had a pretty full 500GB drive!!
    Help would be much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unolie View Post
    Hi There,
    Something of a Newbie from the UK here. Got a soft modded wii using various loaders to run games from HDD. Tried to instal Scarface the other day and got loads of errors using config USB loader. Could not delete game either, config usb just froze. So went into drive via wiiflow and deleted game. BUT drive seemed to drop maybe 10GB on deletion, which is way more space than the partial install of Scarface should have used up.
    Now I have all sorts of problems on loading games. Some will not open at all, just straight to black screen, some load fine. The majority though load up ok until it comes to loading a save file or starting gameplay, then tehy just freeze up or go to permanent loading, never progressing to the game.
    I am hoping someone has a great idea on here how to fix this as I had a pretty full 500GB drive!!
    Help would be much appreciated!
    It sounds to me as if you may definitely have some hard drive corruption issues. I have had some hard drive issues myself throughout my Wii modding career, however, they were both unique in their causes and resolutions.

    First, what filesystem is your hard drive formatted to? WBFS, FAT32, NTFS, or other? I had major compatibility issues with my games from the get-go with WBFS. I would have to constantly delete and re-rip many games (such as Zelda Twilight), and others just flat out would not work (namely, Mario Kart). Then I decided to completely reformat my drive to FAT32 and all my problems magically vanished.... (ie, *poof* ).

    However, some strange behavior began to crop up after time, but this only affected the Genesis GX emulator. First, one of my save games would not recognize (I even removed and copied the files back, no dice) and then it started giving DSI Exceptions. However, since the drive was now in the FAT32 format, I simply plugged it into my computer and ran a thorough scandisk (scandsk e: /f /r /x) which was able to repair the filesystem corruption. Problems solved.

    Now, with your issues, are you having issues with ripped Wii games and their save games? The problem with that, is that save games are stored in the Wii's NVRAM, not the hard drive. So that may be indicative of some major issues with your Wii. However, don't fret, because it could very well be filesystem corruption that is causing the issues. Corruption can take many forms.

    My recommendation: Reformat your hard drive to FAT32 if it is not already done, and get used to running periodic scandisks to fix any filesystem corruption that may occur. Filesystem corruption can occur from the filesystem not being shutdown properly. It just happens.

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