WBFS help! USB Loader acts as if nothing is plugged in
I followed mauifrog's softmod guide to the T and am using the Configurable USB Loader v56. The WBFS version I have is "WBFS 2.5." I wanted to back up some games to my 250gig Western Digital external HDD, so I installed WBFS and used it to format the external to WBFS format. At first, I tried hooking it up to my Wii so i could just back up the games I have since I've gotten into trouble with piracy in the past and want to take special care in not installing a game I don't own through the use of an .iso found on the internet or renting a game and what have you. So I plug it into the "lower" USB port and when I try starting the Configurable USB Loader from the Wii home screen, I get a black screen that says "Error: Couldn't open file! Press any button to reboot Wii..." So i did and tried the other USB port, same problem.
At this point I, in my newbie splendor, assumed that it wasn't working because there wasn't any game loaded on the drive. So I got a SSBB .iso, a game I've owned since its release and enjoy very much, and used WBFS to move it to the drive. I then tried connecting it to my Wii and run the USB loader, but the same problem persists. I also tried running the USB loader when there was nothing connected to the Wii's USB ports and the same message pops up. So, from what I can tell, my Wii is not recognizing the external HDD and believes that there is nothing in the USB ports. Should I uninstall and reinstall/reformat my external HDD to WBFS again? Are Western Digital external HDDs just the wrong type of hard-drive to use for this?
I looked on this forum through various threads, FAQs, and tutorials but none seemed to address this specific problem. If there is a thread that discusses this and I missed it, I apologize for making a new thread and would appreciate a link to the "asked and answered" topic. Any help or insight would be much appreciated.