gamecube memory card corrupt ?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by Chrisssj2, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. Chrisssj2
    OP

    Chrisssj2 GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,303
    108
    Feb 12, 2008
    Netherlands
    It says each time it needs to be formatted at wii system menu or GC games.

    Anything I can do to save my savegames?
     
  2. GerbilSoft

    GerbilSoft GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,026
    2,225
    Mar 8, 2012
    United States
    I wrote a program for exactly this situation. (GCN MemCard Recover)

    What you need to do:
    1. Download GCMM: http://wiibrew.org/wiki/GCMM
    2. Run GCMM, and save a raw backup of the "corrupt" memory card to an SD or USB device.
    3. Download GCN MemCard Recover: http://wiibrew.org/wiki/GCN_MemCard_Recover
    4. Open the raw backup file in the program.
    5. If you haven't formatted the card yet, it should still list most of the files. If you have formatted the card, click the Search button to try searching for lost files. Note that the Windows build of v0.2 has some issues with the XML files; I'm planning on releasing a v0.2.1 update that fixes this and some other issues.

    The latest USA database for GCN MemCard Recover is available at http://www.dusers.drexel.edu/gitweb...git/blob_plain/HEAD:/data/GcnMcFileDb.USA.xml .
     
    eduall, Birdon, abdezca and 4 others like this.
  3. Bonny

    Bonny GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    606
    103
    Dec 8, 2008
    Germany
    Bavaria
    Uhhh... very nice. Thanks for this nice little application! :yaywii:
     
  4. Chrisssj2
    OP

    Chrisssj2 GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,303
    108
    Feb 12, 2008
    Netherlands
    THANKS ALOT. But what now

    http://www.imagebam.com/image/8d1528335191140

    The game ID's are scrambled?? is this unsaveable?
    haven't formatted yet.

    So what do I do now?

    Errors have been found:
    The header checksum
    Both directory tables
    Both block tables invalid.
     
  5. GerbilSoft

    GerbilSoft GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,026
    2,225
    Mar 8, 2012
    United States
    Looks like the directory tables got scrambled somehow.

    You may be able to find save files by using the Scan function. (second button on the toolbar) Check the end of the listing afterwards to see if it found any files.

    Note that the database files included with the Windows version of mcrecover-0.2 are partially broken, so I recommend downloading this: http://www.dusers.drexel.edu/gitweb...git/blob_plain/HEAD:/data/GcnMcFileDb.USA.xml and placing it in the data directory.

    If all else fails, you can send me a (compressed) copy of the memory card dump and I'll take a look at it.
     
  6. Chrisssj2
    OP

    Chrisssj2 GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,303
    108
    Feb 12, 2008
    Netherlands
    I downloaded the xml and put in data folder.
    And pressed scan.. the interface andinfo looks the same to me...


    I hope I am not boned now :(

    Most important saves are in order:

    Tales of Symphonia
    Super Smash brothers
    Mario Kart

    I could do with imported save games for the latter 2. But the first one is very personalized :(
     
  7. GerbilSoft

    GerbilSoft GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,026
    2,225
    Mar 8, 2012
    United States
    Also, make sure you enable the "Scan Used Block" option in the Options menu.

    Mario Kart saves can't be recovered right now due to a technical limitation. (The file description is in the second block.)

    There is a save definition for Tales of Symphonia. If it's not finding it, then something might be really wrong with the card. If the entire card is acting up, it might be a hardware issue - you'd have to check if e.g. the contacts are dirty or if a pin on the chip inside the card broke somehow.
     
    Chrisssj2 likes this.
  8. Chrisssj2
    OP

    Chrisssj2 GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,303
    108
    Feb 12, 2008
    Netherlands
    Checked the scan used option.

    Checked contacts seemed normal tried cleaning em a bit.
    Put memory card in freezer as I googled some ppl were getting success with it.

    No success.

    Still wanting to format. And still gibberish info in the tool...
     
  9. Chrisssj2
    OP

    Chrisssj2 GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,303
    108
    Feb 12, 2008
    Netherlands
    So I guess the data is unrecoverable?

    It wouldn't be save to save at that memory card I take it?

    Anyway to save without a memory card? Maybe on the SD card or USB drive?
     
  10. Chrisssj2
    OP

    Chrisssj2 GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,303
    108
    Feb 12, 2008
    Netherlands
    Like an app that lets me save on USB or SD card?

    So my saves are lost now??
     
  11. GerbilSoft

    GerbilSoft GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,026
    2,225
    Mar 8, 2012
    United States
    Can you send me the raw dump of your memory card? My email address is my username, at my username dot com.

    DIOS MIOS and Nintendon't both offer options for saving onto SD or USB, though DIOS MIOS's memory card emulation is a bit hit-or-miss, and Nintendon't is still working on improving compatibility.
     
  12. Michelle107

    Michelle107 Newbie

    Newcomer
    3
    0
    Jul 7, 2014
    United States
    Is there any way to recover any Harvest Moon game files? Or is it still not possible?
     
  13. migles

    migles Mei the sexiest bae

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    migles is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    6,620
    4,340
    Sep 19, 2013
    Saint Kitts and Nevis
    my dad works for nintendo.
    instead of asking if we have a magic ball to answer your question
    could you try what people had been suggesting in this thread and provide more info on your problem? what happened to your harvest moon save? you deleted it? it was corrupted?
     
  14. Michelle107

    Michelle107 Newbie

    Newcomer
    3
    0
    Jul 7, 2014
    United States
    My friend's gamecube memory card became corrupted, so they had to format their memory card. I just need to know if there is a checksum algorithm for any of those games to help recover the data.
     
  15. migles

    migles Mei the sexiest bae

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    migles is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    6,620
    4,340
    Sep 19, 2013
    Saint Kitts and Nevis
    my dad works for nintendo.
    if they formated and used the memory card again (filled again the card), changes are very very low...
     
  16. GerbilSoft

    GerbilSoft GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,026
    2,225
    Mar 8, 2012
    United States
    GCN MemCard Recover does not currently have any save file definitions for Harvest Moon.

    What you can do:
    1. Do a full backup of the memory card using GCMM.
    2. Create a new Harvest Moon save file.
    3. Back up only that save file in GCI format using GCMM.
    4. Send me the original raw backup and the new GCI file.
    Depending on how much data has been written since the card was reformatted, it may be possible to recover the save file.
     
  17. Michelle107

    Michelle107 Newbie

    Newcomer
    3
    0
    Jul 7, 2014
    United States
    Thank you. I'll just tell my friend to do a full backup of her memory card using GCMM. I'm sure it'll work.
     
  18. Chrisssj2
    OP

    Chrisssj2 GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,303
    108
    Feb 12, 2008
    Netherlands
    Sorry for late reply. Hope It wont take u so long as me lol!!
    Been picking up my wii again

    Sent the raw dump to Gerbilsoft@gerbilsoft.com
     
  19. GerbilSoft

    GerbilSoft GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,026
    2,225
    Mar 8, 2012
    United States
    I checked the raw dump. Unfortunately, it looks like the entire card was clobbered by something. (There's a repeated pattern, but I can't identify it.)