Hello all, I'm hoping somebody here knows more about this than I do. First some background: My little brother's Wii recently randomly died. As in: on boot only a black screen and then "no signal" on the TV. He didn't do anything special that may have caused this (or so he claims, anyway). Luckily I made a backup with BootMii as soon as it came out - so we were able to get it working again, no problem. The thing is - that backup was ancient. He lost hundreds of hours of gameplay. Knowing restoring a backup would wipe all the save data, I asked him to make another backup before the restore, in hopes of harvesting some of his precious savegames. I have been investigating this "dead" backup since he sent it to me, and this is what I have so far: - I made a modified version of Segher's zestig, able to display the metadata stored in all 16 superblocks, not just the currently active superblock. - All superblocks had a number under 35 - which seemed rather low to me. All other backups I have seen had numbers in the thousands. - All superblocks had metadata only detailing the following content: /sys (folder with only 1 file: uid.sys) /ticket (empty folder) /title (empty folder) /shared1 (empty folder) /shared2 (empty folder) /import (empty folder) /meta (empty folder) /tmp (empty folder) That certainly explains why it would not boot anymore. Nearly all files have disappeared! I did not try to get the raw clustes decrypted - which could be a next step. I don't think that would be useful for getting any savegames back though... What I am wondering: - What could cause something like this? There were no crazy hacks on this Wii, only bootmii (as boot2, thank god), homebrew channel, and for the rest a vanilla V4.2 Wii (did not install update to 4.3 yet when this happened). I am completely amazed at how suddenly the entire filesystem could get so corrupt (and very glad BootMii was installed ). - Is there any chance of getting at least some of his savegames back? I never really investigated how exactly everything is stored on the Wii (never had the need to), and somebody else may know a "trick" or something like that that I haven't thought of yet... Suggestions welcome! PS: I am aware of the wii-fsck tool, but it doesn't seem to do any actual file recovery... so I don't think it will be useful in this case.