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2 years ago#1
A while ago a formatted an external HDD for the Wii to WBFS. Anyhow, after the most recent reinstallation of my laptop it's unable to be recognized by it.

It shows up as unknown USB device in the device manager and it shows up in the BIOS (even recognized as an HDD), but not in the disk manager at all, making it impossible to assign a drive letter to it so I can do anything to it... since it's not recognized as an HDD in the first place. Basically, Windows 8 is f***ing me over once more by being illogical, since it did work before on this very same Windows version -__-

Anyhow, I just need to format it to FAT32. I tried looking for various solutions, but they all have the exact same solution which doesn't work for me (disk manager, assign drive letter). There was also one piece of advice that said to clean driver cache and restart, then reconnect... but that didn't work either.
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2 years ago#2
Is the harddrive getting enough power? My external harddrive came with a USB Y Cable to give it more power:

http://www.bixmart.com/USB-Y-Cable-2-Type-A-to-1-Mini-5_p_25.html

If I don't plug both in then it behaves strangely similar to what you described.
2 years ago#3
It worked before and my HDD has its own power source. It's a pretty old one from Maxtor and it uses a rather unique USB cable to connect to the HDD, so I can't try other USB cables either. The Wii also has no problem reading my backups from it, but I want it in FAT32 format so that things are easier to manage.

I tried corrupting the HDD so that I can format it, but to no success. It won't get corrupted -__-
And sadly, the USBloaders for the Wii can only format an HDD if it's not already WBFS format.

I'm also pretty sure it would work on a different Windows version that isn't 7 or 8. I guess I could wait till Friday use a different PC at my parent's house that will recognize it and format it there, but I'd love to see an alternate solution before then.
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Read the mania: http://www.fanfiction.net/~nonexistinghero
In SA2, it's Super Sonic and Hyper Shadow.
2 years ago#4
You can try GParted to manipulate the partitions on the drive.
2 years ago#5
I think that should work, problem is that I don't have a USB stick right here (also at my mom's house) and only an SD card. Of course, just my luck that it's impossible to make a bootable SD card with just the built-in reader of my laptop, it only works with an external SD card reader.

Don't have any empty DVD's here either -__-

Oh well, guess I'll just wait unless someone knows a different solution.
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Read the mania: http://www.fanfiction.net/~nonexistinghero
In SA2, it's Super Sonic and Hyper Shadow.
2 years ago#6
You can try rebooting Windows to the recovery console and using diskpart to re-partition. I'm not sure how well that will work though since it doesn't seem like Windows likes the partition and the drive isn't recognized by the disk management tool.
2 years ago#7
Just tried it, sadly didn't work. Lists the same things as regular diskpart.
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Read the mania: http://www.fanfiction.net/~nonexistinghero
In SA2, it's Super Sonic and Hyper Shadow.
2 years ago#8
Does trying to update the driver in device manager do anything?
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2 years ago#9
Tried doing so as well, nothing happen since there's no drivers for the format. I wouldn't have a problem if Windows recognized it as a drive of an unknown format as it should, but MS just loves to take away user freedom.
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Read the mania: http://www.fanfiction.net/~nonexistinghero
In SA2, it's Super Sonic and Hyper Shadow.
2 years ago#10
Yeah you really can't blame Microsoft for that one, as much as you'd like to. Download a Linux live CD and format the drive.
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