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    WBFS Hard Drive not recognised by PC. (Formatted on Wii, recognised by Wii)

    I recently soft modded my Wii and I am using USB Loader GX. I had all my games backed up and working but ran out of room on the 50 gigs I formatted in WBFS, so naturally I decided to wipe the Partition and make it larger. After bringing it up to 300 gigs and reformatting it to WBFS, my Wii can see the games on the Hard Drive but when I click play the screen goes black. After hours of reading through the forums and finding this is a common problem, I decide to change the drive to NTFS and then format it through USB Loader GX. Now, I can put games in my Wii and rip them to the hard drive that way, but when I plug my Drive into the PC, It can't find the Drive. Partition Wizard sees it as Unallocated and WBFS manager can't see it at all. I can easily reformat it back to NTFS and then WBFS with the PC and lose the games I backed up Via Wii, but then the screen will just go black again. If any more details are needed I can supply them. Thank you in advance for the help.

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    The PC will see the WBFS partition as RAW and will always ask you to format it....DONT.

    WBFSManager should be able to see it so that`s a bit strange. I used this program to format my HD.

    The Partion(s) has to be Primary and active for the Wii. I have a Fat32 partiton first and a WBFS partition second on a WD passport drive.

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    That's just the thing, The PC doesn't even show the drive in My Computer. It doesn't even ask me to Format the disc, and there is only WBFS on the drive, all 300 gigs are dedicated to it.

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    You wont see the drive in my computer because as far as windows id concerned it`s not partitioned or formated. Your main problem is getting WBFSManager to recognise it.

    I suggest you go to right click on My computer, from the drop down menu choose Manage"and when the window opens choose Disk Management from the menu. From there you will be able to see how the HD is partitioned and formated.

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    well i dont know if i can help much or not , but in my opinion it is better to switch to wiiflow as anyone using this program has no issue with the program auto format and also this program has very little bug and it is very nice to use and also WBFS drive is not recognise by the pc due to the format is unsupported due to the program constructed for wii and also certain program can also read like WBFS manager , so if it does not show up then it is not weird as u have to try and use WBFS manager.

    if still got problem with usb loader gx , i suggest it would be better to change to wiiflow as the program is user friendly and u can use themes to make it look more sleek in looks and the loader is a bit like how u choose the game with xbox 360.. also people who use wiiflow like me do not have any problem with the game which is corrupted as usb loader gx in some wii seems to delete all the game inside their WBFS drive..

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    Thank Both of you guys, I am about to try both methods as soon as I get back to my Wii

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    no prob.. it is a good thing if i can help u solve the problem .

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    Ok, So I have tried Wiiflow but having the same problem, If I format using my PC Wiiflow says no WBFS found even though my computer can see it and add iso's to it. So I went back to USB Loader GX which can read all my games, but I get the Black Screen after clicking them. I Decided to Reformat using the Wii again and I have just started Copying all my games from the Disc's themselves. After I get all the disc data copied I will most likely switch to Wiiflow, since I did have all my games deleted by USB Loader GX already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadchao View Post
    Ok, So I have tried Wiiflow but having the same problem, If I format using my PC Wiiflow says no WBFS found even though my computer can see it and add iso's to it. So I went back to USB Loader GX which can read all my games, but I get the Black Screen after clicking them. I Decided to Reformat using the Wii again and I have just started Copying all my games from the Disc's themselves. After I get all the disc data copied I will most likely switch to Wiiflow, since I did have all my games deleted by USB Loader GX already.
    wat program u use to inject ur iso into ur wbfs format drive?? and also i think u try to reformat using ur computer as sometime i think it would not cleanly format the drive due to the wii might sometime left some stuff untouch , so after cleanly format i think u might try follow this website ,
    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...different.html .. as i think it might help u a bit in format ur drive ..

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    I have read through the guide you posted yyhung317, Currently I am completely unformatting my drive using DoD 5220.28-STD. As soon as that is completed, I will post my results with the guide. Hopefully this works seeing as it worked perfectly fine until I made the partition larger on my old HDD. I am assuming it isn't a problem with the Wii either seeing as it loads off Flash Drives no problem and if I format using the Wii it loads just fine as well.

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