1. Rankerhowl99

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    I have a wii u external hard drive that plugged in to windows 10 and clicked on initialized. Now the wii u is asking to reformat the drive to use it again. The drive is powered by a usb hub and worked 4 days ago I just wanted to try put more games on it. The drive is nearly full of games and saves. In windows it shows up like this
    Green Joy-Con D-Pad Shells for Nintendo Switch
    Is there anyway to save my games without having to reformat and reinstall them again?
     
  2. Deleted User

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    Pretty sure it's gone. Maybe some recovery program could recover it but I've never had any luck with them. Just learn your lesson don't do things like that without asking. If you had asked on gbatemp first someone would have said not to do it.

    The reason is Wii U has it's own hard drive format and Windows has a different one, and the two don't cross over. If it was Wii you could have or PS3, but Nintendo made it's own format for Wii U for hard drives so once you initialized it in Windows, Wii U wont read it without a format and everything that was on the hdd was gone the second you did that in Windows.
     
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    Is there any way to recover the games on it?
     
  4. Deleted User

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    No, you destroyed everything on it when you did that. If you can get the games once you can get them again. Look up Wii U Usb helper reddit workaround, it's a program that has all Wii U games.
     
  5. Edgarska

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    Pay a data recovery company a few hundred dollars to do it.

    Otherwise, probably not.
     
  6. Deleted User

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    I made rookie mistakes in the past too now I backup all my saves on all consoles and backup most games. You can reacquire games easier than you can saves of games that you spend countless hours on.
     
  7. Undwiz

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    just had my wiiu HDD fail ... sucks to know game saves are on the drive :(
     
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    Save Mii can back up your saves. I know it's too late now but in the future I suggest you use that feature or it could happen again.
     
  9. Rankerhowl99

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    Took all night to download them back. Thanks for the info made it way easier.
     
  10. godreborn

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    there may be a way to fix an initialized drive. I'm not sure if we know enough about how drives are used, but I know it's at least possible with the ps3. never do that again.
     
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