Hacking Flashdrive doesn't work after wiiu formatting

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Hello everyone,
I've been searching but I didn't find a solution.
Yesterday, my little cousin went to my home, my mother let him play wiiu. He formatted the usb flashdrive i used for usb loader gx.
I said "no problem" and i formatted it back to ntfs (i launch the apps from the SD card, i used the usb drive just for the wbfs folder)
... But usb loader gx never recognized it again.
Now i have 2 Kingston DTSE9... But one works and the other one no.
I have tried slow formatting with many softwares, but nothing works.

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WiiU formatting destroy the partitions table of the usb drive.
To restore the partition table, in Windows:

Run --> diskpart
list disk (to identify the drives)
select disk [number]
clean (here it gives some kind of problem but I ignored it)
convert gpt
exit

Windows don´t see any partition at this point, so I opened the "create and format partitions" tool in W10
In this tool I created a new FAT32 partition in the unit and it works again.
 
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Hello everyone,
I've been searching but I didn't find a solution.
Yesterday, my little cousin went to my home, my mother let him play wiiu. He formatted the usb flashdrive i used for usb loader gx.
I said "no problem" and i formatted it back to ntfs (i launch the apps from the SD card, i used the usb drive just for the wbfs folder)
... But usb loader gx never recognized it again.
Now i have 2 Kingston DTSE9... But one works and the other one no.
I have tried slow formatting with many softwares, but nothing works.

PD: Homebrew channel detects it, even I can launch the usb loader from the usb flashdrive, but the usb loader gx freezes in the "initializing usb" message.

I'll try usb loader gx rev 1218 at night, since it starts loading IOS 58 (homebrew channes IOS), as i read in another thread.

Anyway, i don't want to use an outdated version.
Someone knows how to solve it?
Thanks in advance

(I'm from Chile, sorry if I translated something wrong)
The usb needs to be formatted in Fat32 or Wbfs.
 
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Tried all the formats.... Fat, fat32, ntfs and wbfs...
Remember that usb loader gx reads ntfs many many many revisions ago.
I always use ntfs for the dual layers games :P with no problems.
I'll try rev 1218 right now
 
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Tried all the formats.... Fat, fat32, ntfs and wbfs...
Remember that usb loader gx reads ntfs many many many revisions ago.
I always use ntfs for the dual layers games :P with no problems.
I'll try rev 1218 right now

You are correct, it does not require FAT32 or WBFS. Just generally more stable that way.

Anyways, it honestly sounds like a hard drive issue. Like maybe your cousin accidentally went to format and realized too late that he was formatting the hard drive, and shut the console down mid-format. That can cause loads of issues on many levels. I would run that hard drive through some tests with something like crystal disk info and see if you get back any bad sectors or anything of the like.
 

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You are correct, it does not require FAT32 or WBFS. Just generally more stable that way.

Anyways, it honestly sounds like a hard drive issue. Like maybe your cousin accidentally went to format and realized too late that he was formatting the hard drive, and shut the console down mid-format. That can cause loads of issues on many levels. I would run that hard drive through some tests with something like crystal disk info and see if you get back any bad sectors or anything of the like.

It´s very weird ... HBC (IOS58) reads it perfectly ... :/
I really don´t understand :(

PD: Starting USB Loader GX with IOS58 gives the same error. It is just a problem Flashdrive/USB Loader GX ...
Very weird .. well ... a new flashdrive it´s the easiest solution :/

PD2: Snes9xGX also reads it perfectly. :( . WTF!
 
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I have did it with another flashdrive (an old one of 2GB) and gives the same error.
Once the WiiU system format the unit, USB loaders never reads it again. (The flashdrive loads perfect until just before the wiiu format)
How the F**k Nintendo did that?
Formatting the unit doesn´t solve the problem.

Maybe Nintendo store the unit ID in someway? I´m really confused.
 

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I have did it with another flashdrive (an old one of 2GB) and gives the same error.
Once the WiiU system format the unit, USB loaders never reads it again. (The flashdrive loads perfect until just before the wiiu format)
How the F**k Nintendo did that?
Formatting the unit doesn´t solve the problem.

Maybe Nintendo store the unit ID in someway? I´m really confused.
What @CJB100 said is the most likely culprit. GPT partition scheme is the standard on newer windows versions it seems. The stick probably came with MBR partition scheme out of the box and would have kept that through formats, but when the Wii U destroyed the partition table (since it doesn't use conventional partitions I guess) and you formatted it again afterwards it would have had to recreate the partition table so it used GPT as the default. That's my guess as to exactly what happened. You can find a formatting tool that will let you select MBR but the built in Disk Management in Windows should also let you do it.
 

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What @CJB100 said is the most likely culprit. GPT partition scheme is the standard on newer windows versions it seems. The stick probably came with MBR partition scheme out of the box and would have kept that through formats, but when the Wii U destroyed the partition table (since it doesn't use conventional partitions I guess) and you formatted it again afterwards it would have had to recreate the partition table so it used GPT as the default. That's my guess as to exactly what happened. You can find a formatting tool that will let you select MBR but the built in Disk Management in Windows should also let you do it.
My GOSH!!! YOU ARE RIGHT!!! IT WORKS!!!

what I did:
Run --> diskpart
list disk (to identify the drives)
select disk [number]
clean (here it gives some kind of problem but I ignored it)
convert gpt
exit

Windows don´t see any partition at this point, so I opened the "create and format partitions" tool in W10 (Crear y Formatear particiones de disco duro .. in spanish)
In this tool I created a new partition FAT32 in the unit and it works again.

Thank you so much The Real Jbdye ... and the others for your help. I´m happy again :)
 

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What @CJB100 said is the most likely culprit. GPT partition scheme is the standard on newer windows versions it seems. The stick probably came with MBR partition scheme out of the box and would have kept that through formats, but when the Wii U destroyed the partition table (since it doesn't use conventional partitions I guess) and you formatted it again afterwards it would have had to recreate the partition table so it used GPT as the default. That's my guess as to exactly what happened. You can find a formatting tool that will let you select MBR but the built in Disk Management in Windows should also let you do it.

If you have Windows, there's also a tutorial on setting the MBR partition using Bootice in my vWii hacking guide. Under Setup and Requirements section in the part about USB Loader GX. The only difference is you'll want to use NTFS or whatever you want instead of FAT32.

Ninja'd. Glad that worked for you!
 
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If you have Windows, there's also a tutorial on setting the MBR partition using Bootice in my vWii hacking guide. Under Setup and Requirements section in the part about USB Loader GX. The only difference is you'll want to use NTFS or whatever you want instead of FAT32.

Ninja'd. Glad that worked for you!

Thanks CJB100 ... i´ll check that. At least I recovered the flashdrive overwriting the gpt info.

Thank you all. :)
 

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Was he using a flash drive like the title says or disk drive?

Problem with wii u formatting is that is encrypted and it sucks, it means it doesn't use traditional PC flash format of fat 32, ntfs or whatever, if it formats to wii u, is only used on wii u, nothing else. It sucks and if you reformat to more common use you need to do some special fixing to get it working like new again. :(
 
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