Can't read .wbfs games any more

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    Here's the thing. I have been using for years a pen drive to play Wii games on my Wii U. Then a couple of days ago I had to format it for some other use, and then I formatted it again back to FAT32. Now USB Loader GX is unable to recognise the key and says that the USB device is uninitialised. I tried to format it with OSX and Ubuntu without changing the outcome. When formatting with Windows it sees the key, but as an incoherent set of partitions of several hundreds of GB (my key is 32 GB).

    It is possible that I screwed up by pressing the update button in the USB Loader GX menu. I cancelled the loader from my SD, and put it back again, but it changed nothing.
    I tried an other loader (WiiFlow) and it sees the games on the USB key, but when I press "Play" it turns to a black screen.

    To be honest I am starting to panic a bit. Here follows the output of SysCheck:

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    I have identified the problem. For unknown reasons my Flash Voyager 32GB USB Flash Drive can't be read anymore by the vWii. I tested another random usb drive (I don't even know its brand) and everything works fine. Is there anything I could try to recover the lost functionality? How can this even happen?
     
  3. SkittleDash

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    It may be corrupted. If your computer picks up your USB being inserted, it may need a format.
     
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    I formatted it several times with several operating systems, and it changed nothing sadly. The weird part is that all my computers have no issue in reading/writing it.
     
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    Stupid question but is it in WBFs format?
     
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    Nope FAT32
     
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    There you go, it needs to be in WBFs format if your using Wii games. Use WBFs manager to this and then use it to add your Wii games. USB loader should pick up your games.
     
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    But... is that accurate? I mean, I have used that key for years in FAT32 with a single partition (I even had other data unrelated to Wii games on it). FAT32 support is clearly indicated in the USB Loader GX features.
     
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    True but it is another option to get it working again. Or you could try manually updating USB Loader by downloading the latest version and see if that works.
     
  10. wiimanofthenorth

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    SkittleDash is wrong. Wii/vWii can read FAT32/NTFS just fine from USB, and can for about 5 years now. I've got a 1.5TB HDD formatted for FAT32 32K Clusters which I started using on my Wii. I then moved over to a Wii U, and just had to swap a few things to SD first. But everything I have is still stored on the HDD and works fine. The same goes for USB sticks.

    Try using https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

    Granted it states it's for SD cards, but it works for USB sticks as well.

    Load it, make sure it's pointing to the correct drive! (You don't want format something important!)

    Click options, and turn on, "Format Size Adjustment".

    Click the OKs, and run. If your USB stick can be brought back to life, it'll do it. If not, I'd say, sadly it's dead for good.
     
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    After countless tries, it seems my Corsair USB device now works again. The one and only tool on OSX El Capitan (10.11.4) able to format a key readable by vWii has been Stellar Partition Manager. I am exhausted and astounded that it was so hard.
     
  12. wiimanofthenorth

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    I'm glad you've got it going again! And thanks for a heads up for OSX. I've got a Mac as well.
     
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