New 3 TB HDD does not work

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Jan 15, 2011
  1. Thebomber69
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    I can't get my new 3tb hdd to work using any of the USB loaders. I have not had any problems with the 2TB version of the drive, which are WD passport drives. The USB loader I would like to use is configurable USB loader.

    Thanks for any help
     


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    does it work if its partitioned?
     
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    I did not partion it. Its formatted NTFS.
     
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    Is it a USB 3.0 drive?
     
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    its aays 2.0 and 3.0 on the package
     
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    im still using wbfs with wiiflow. not sure if its the same for config loader but wiiflow will only support up to 500 games on a single partition. i would at least try splitting it in two partitions im pretty sure config loader will boot two partitions simultaneously and that way you can utilize all the space
     
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    I've been down this road [​IMG]

    Currently there is no way to get a 3tb drive to work on a Wii.

    Seagate drives report a 4k sector size to the OS that allows the MBR to handle the full 3tb otherwise,
    at 512 sectors the MBR can only handle up to 2.2tb

    Some of the libs that let the wii even see the hard drives are hard coded at 512 sector size.

    Western Digital and Hitachi use GUID partition table which might as well be a foreign language.
     
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    why even need that big a hdd anyway?! go and buy a cheap 320gb drive that's all you'll need.
     
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    if your drive does still use 512b sectors (external)
    there is something you could try

    most drives have a partition table even if they use only one partition
    both mbr and gpt are unsuitable in your case
    but while uncommon you dont have to use them
    create the filesystem directly on the drive and see if it works
    for windows you will have to ask someone else how to do it
    but under *nix it easy; see below


    tl dr: try mkfs /dev/sda not mkfs /dev/sda1
     
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    dumb replies...
    try to partition it like : 500 gb for wii and the rest for your stuff
     
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    Maybe he uses only one slice of the HDD for Wii games and the rest of it for movies, music, other games, school projects, work projects or anything else?
     
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    wont work

    gpt partitioning does not work on wii

    4KiB sectors dont work too
    and with 512B sectors mbr partitioning is limited to ~2TiB
     
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    I agree. just wait till that drive goes clicky clicky
     
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    only wbfs format has the stupid 500 game limit if you use fat32/ntfs you can go over 500 games as me and 2 others on the wiiflow team have over 500 games and wiiflow recognizes all of them
     
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    WBFS looked like the best way of using a 3tb drive... the seagate at least. It reports a 4096b sector size in order to make the master boot record able to handle 3tb.

    WBFS detects the sector size and formats/uses the drive accordingly.

    And here's the kicker: The number of files WBFS can handle is based on the sector size of the drive... 512 - 12 = 500. So with a sector size of 4096 we have 4096 - 12 = 4084 files... So a 3tb WBFS drive will hold about 1720 games.

    Unfortunately it seems that there may be some libs out there where 512b sectors are hard coded in [​IMG]
     
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    wbfs is bad and unreliable partition for wii
     
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    What's your point? lol
     
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    You can't.

    Just like 32-bit Vista and everything older can't read them, the Wii can't read them. It doesn't support the way that the data is stored.
     

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