I understand it's irritating when a newb asks for help in these matters, but I'm at the end of my rope and I have no other ideas; I'm burnt out after trying to follow all these guides and threads. Anyway, I own a Seagate Desktop 500GB, and it was working perfectly with a WBFS/FAT32/NTFS partition. The games were stored in the WBFS partition, while the the covers were stored in the FAT32 partition. I used Seagate's DiscWizard tool to format the drive. My Wii system menu is 4.2U. Unfortunately, circumstances seem to despise me. To help a friend, I had to reformat the drive to back up some of his files. Knowing that USB loader GX works with FAT32, I decided to dump WBFS once and for all and create a FAT32/NTFS partition on the external drive. The results were tragic. A black screen mocks me with the attempted booting of each game I have stored. USB loader GX still recognizes the drive, and lists all of the .wbfs files that I had transferred back onto my new partitions using Wii Backup manager. I looked for another guide to solve this. It appears that running games from FAT32 requires cIOS 222. As suggested, I decided to install IOS 38 merged with 37/60 to IOS 249 using cIOS installer 3.0 by Hermes. I'm still not successful. I tried messing with USB loader GX's IOS settings, using 222,223,224,249, etc. Now, several threads later, trying to see where I went wrong, I'm at my wit's end. I'm now afraid to touch my machine, lest i consult a professional (all of the lovely folk at GBAtemp). Is there any way out of this? I know that I'm asking a lot by bringing this up, but I appreciate anybody who reads this or responds. Here is the guide that I followed to load homebrew onto my machine: http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-faqs-g...ny-4-2-wii.html I'm positive that the Hermes program is the only other cIOS program that I've run since completing that guide. Thanks in advance.