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    My external HDD stopped working, any ideas?

    Hey there, this is my first post and I'd like to say that so far these forums have been very helpful as I softmodded my Wii today.

    Anyways, I'll explain the issue and how it happened.

    Right after I modded my Wii I decided I'd get started on setting up an HDD to load my games from. I had a Seagate Freeagent 250GB HDD lying around so I decided to use that.

    First thing I did was format the drive from My Computer to clear it up, next I went to the built in partition software in windows 7 (64bit if that matters) and I deleted the entire volume and proceeded to make 3 partitions. The first was a 200GB partition which was not formatted (F: ), the other 2 were split evenly 14GB and change each as FAT32(G: )and NTFS(H: ) respectively.

    So I went into WBFS Manager 3.0, formatted (F: ), clicked load and it worked, except I had no ISOs to load on it so I decided I'd rip Super Smash Brawl from my console. I plugged the drive in, fired up USB Loader GX, it detected the drive stating 200GB free with 0 games, I clicked the + sign but all that did was freeze USB Loader GX. I restarted the system, tried over and over until I gave up and decided to try reformatting the HDD. Once again I deleted all the volumes, remade the same, formatted (F: ) and tried again; Same problem.

    Now here's the twist, the problem isn't that I cant get games to rip because after trying a few times again on the Wii it stopped detecting the drive all together. Then I plugged it in to my PC, still not detected at all, tried another computer, still nothing.

    And there you have it, did I brick my HDD? Can it be recovered? Any ideas how I could get it detected again?

    I didn't care too much about this HDD but if it is gone for good what type should I buy to replace it? (Unfortunately if I ruin a brand new HDD I just shelled out over 100$ for I actually will care) Which leads to my FINAL question; If there's really nothing I can do, and I need to buy a new HDD, what steps should I take to prevent this from happening again?
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    Did you check the drive against the compatibility list? Did you make the partition also ACTIVE? Gen3SF has a USB HD gaming thread in the Recommended Guides to walk you through the process. Also, it's suggested for first-time posters to make a quick greeting post in the Introductions section of the site --- you'd get valuable links and a quick hello in turn by a wiihacks staff member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Did you check the drive against the compatibility list? Did you make the partition also ACTIVE? Gen3SF has a USB HD gaming thread in the Recommended Guides to walk you through the process. Also, it's suggested for first-time posters to make a quick greeting post in the Introductions section of the site --- you'd get valuable links and a quick hello in turn by a wiihacks staff member.
    I didn't know about the Introduction section, I'll make sure to drop by and say hi!

    The partition was the first I made and it was detected in USB Loader GX but I did not select any option to make it primary and active nor did I check that, which I realize may have cause the games not to rip in hindsight. The issue now though is that nothing will detect my HDD at all anymore! It doesn't show up at all. Not on my PC not on the Wii.

    I think I followed the guide you recommended, this one:

    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...different.html

    I'll admit I rushed it a little bit.

    Edit: And ya I checked the HDD on the compatibility list, It looks like it should work although the list suggests to only have one partition, I'd try that next time around if I could get this HDD working again (In other words, I'll try if there is a next time around at all for this thing)
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    Yes, that's the thread I meant. Myself, I use the entire drive as WBFS in my particular case. There are suggestions/directions within that thread for users who prefer multi-partitions as you mention (but I have no direct experience as again, I prefer one partition and WBFS).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Yes, that's the thread I meant. Myself, I use the entire drive as WBFS in my particular case. There are suggestions/directions within that thread for users who prefer multi-partitions as you mention (but I have no direct experience as again, I prefer one partition and WBFS).
    So any idea if my Hard Drive is ruined completely or if I'll be able to get it detectable again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoops22 View Post
    So any idea if my Hard Drive is ruined completely or if I'll be able to get it detectable again?
    Time for a do-over. Follow the thread you posted and redo. If it's easier, try as one single partition rather than the mix'n'match you spoke of. All the prep work happens on the PC, not the Wii (and will likely when all said and done, work again).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Time for a do-over. Follow the thread you posted and redo. If it's easier, try as one single partition rather than the mix'n'match you spoke of. All the prep work happens on the PC, not the Wii (and will likely when all said and done, work again).
    Oh I think there is a misunderstanding, both my PC and the Wii are no longer detecting the Hard Drive. I can't even format it anymore! It's not detected at all anywhere. If I was to do over I think I'd need to buy a new Hard Drive to do so (that is unless I can get my PC to detect this one).

    Thanks for taking the time to respond btw, it's really appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoops22 View Post
    Oh I think there is a misunderstanding, both my PC and the Wii are no longer detecting the Hard Drive. I can't even format it anymore! It's not detected at all anywhere. If I was to do over I think I'd need to buy a new Hard Drive to do so (that is unless I can get my PC to detect this one).

    Thanks for taking the time to respond btw, it's really appreciated.
    Yes, that was a piece of important (missing) information. You can try another USB cord or perhaps another USB port (on the PC). If still no joy, time to get an RMA and send it back for replacement.

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    Hi Scoops~~~

    Me an absolute newbie here, in WII mode, but I have been working in IT, esp. as a pro. desktop guy for a few years. From what I see is that there is no way your WII will "brick" the HDD. The thing is you should take a look at the device manager or computer management -> disk management, to see whether there is a second HDD present there in your PC, it is ok if it is not shown in your "My computer", but as long as you can see it in the computer management of win7, you should be able to bring it back.

    Another way to verify is to use a bootup system, such as HIREN CD (search for it) or Old partition magic to see whether the HDD is there.

    The Worst thing is WII damaged all partitions, that's it, it won't render the HDD unusable most probably, at least in my opinion.

    Hope it helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by benben_shen View Post
    From what I see is that there is no way your WII will "brick" the HDD.
    I don't think the user was thinking or asking if the Wii was responsible for this, but your other suggestions are sound in terms of trouble-shooting. Thanks for the assist, hopefully he gets it sorted.

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