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    SOLVED: External Hard drive not recognized by WII

    Okay, here is the solution that worked for me. Admittedly, I don't know all the in depth details about how the WII hack works or what the software does, but I followed mauifrog's excellent guide, and successfully soft modded a friend's WII with no problems. I recently tried to do the same to my WII, and everything worked great, except the USB loader would not recognize my external drive. I tried everything I knew, and combed the forums here, but to no avail.

    I was afraid my hard drive was just not compatible with the WII. To try and discern whether it was a software problem, or a hardware problem, I took my friend's external hard drive with his games on it, and hooked it to mine. It worked, and loaded the USB drive fine. On a hunch, I switched my hard drive enclosure with my friend's. In other words, I put my hard drive in his enclosure. To my surprise, my hard drive in his enclosure booted flawlessly with the USB loader. (I haven't actually played a game yet, but the USB loader loads to the start screen and displays all games, so I am sure it will play fine.) Soooo, it was the enclosure, not the drive. I know many people here on the forums have issues with hard drives being recognized by USB loaders, so this may just help you out.

    As to why, I am not exactly sure. I am really surprised that some hard drives, and apparently some enclosures won't work with the WII. It seems to me that a drive is a drive, and all enclosures should do the same thing i.e. transfer data through the USB cable to the WII. But, what do I know? The hard drive enclosure that DID NOT work for me was Dynex DX-HD302513. It does say USB 3.0, but that it will work fine with 2.0 as well. The only other thing I noticed was that my friend's enclosure used a USB to USB cable to hook up. The Dynex had a different plug on the enclosure end. I think it is a Micro B.

    Anyway, I wanted to share this info with all of you, and maybe it will help someone. By the way, my hard drive is Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320 GB SATA 2.5" drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdrums1971 View Post
    Okay,...
    It seems to me that a drive is a drive, and all enclosures should do the same thing i.e. transfer data through the USB cable to the WII. But, what do I know?....
    Anyway, I wanted to share this info with all of you, and maybe it will help someone. .....
    The true story is the usb interface CHIP used inside the enclosure. Not all enclosures are using the same chip; even from the same brand, same supplier (enclosure).
    Compatibility problem is happened due to the CHIP, not the box pcb size, not the usb calbe, and not the power supply (in most case).

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    Thanks for sharing that explanation. That is still odd to me that some CHIPS work, and some don't, but I guess that's just the way it is. By the way, the brand of the enclosure that worked for me was element. The product number is EN-2200-BK. And my WII version is 4.1.

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    I tried changing out my enclosure to one i know for a fact that works and it did not fix the problem. anyone know if WDBACW0020HBK-NESN is the same as WDBACW0020HBK-01 ????

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