Trouble using Hitachi 3 TB

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by Elliander, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Elliander
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    With the success I had with a 500 GB internal SATA hard drive in backing up games on one partition and playing media files with another I decided I buy a 3 TB Hitachi USB hard drive to run the same games, but to be able to run on the same drive all my media files. When I set up the partitions I had to set the media partition at 2 TB because that was the maximum that my Ubuntu computer would support so set the rest (a little under 750 GB) for backing up games (despite being much more than I needed). I set up the partition as FAT32 and put WBFS file system on top with no problems and also had no problems transferring games from one drive to another.

    When I plugged it into my Wii the problems started. USB Loader GX hangs on initializing and MPlayer just gives me a RAM dump - "Exception (DSI) Occurred!" and says "Reloading in 8 seconds" but never does and I have to hold the power button for 10 seconds instead.

    Is there any way to make it work? Or what is the maximum partition and/or hard drive size allowed for each?
     
  2. nikeymikey

    nikeymikey This is now a Spiderman thread.........

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    If this is one of the Hitachi Lifestudio drives then i think you are out of luck.
    I had a 2TB version of that drive and the wii failed to recognize it in any apps at all. I eventually gave up and sold the drive to a friend, so unless there has been any advances in new hdd compatibility, then your drive may never work with the wii at all.
     
  3. Elliander
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    Does anyone have a list of drives confirmed to work and drives confirmed to not work? Maybe a thread dedicated to building such a list? I can confirm that a 1 TB Western Digital Passport drive works flawlessly with the Wii. I didn't even need to create a WBFS partition. I just formatted the drive to FAT32 and then created a WBFS folder within "Wii Backup Manager". Then I had no problems at all and can actually use any unused space for media files that I can remove from the drive if I ever needed room for games. (A shame PSX games don't yet run from USB)
     
  4. Lucif3r

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    Please do a search :(
     
  5. Elliander
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    LMAO! This forum doesn't have a search engine at all and I already tried google. The closest thing to a search is in the wiki and that just searches the wiki which likewise does not appear to contain such a list. How am I supposed to search the forums without a search engine to perform the search? By Manually checking every single thread? If no one else knows that there probably needs to be an official thread.
     
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  7. godreborn

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    the wii can't read disks over 2TB. the ps3 and 360 can't either, so it's not due to weaker tech. I believe it has to do with the plates in the drive using a different structure (ie: fitting more data on each plate than 1TB and 2TB).
     
  8. Lucif3r

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    You should look more closely... The forum has a fully working search function.
    And.... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=wii+hdd+compability+list

    :/
     
  9. PsyBlade

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    basically the problem is adressing 512 bit sized sectors with 32 bit adresses (as mbr partitioning does)
    which leads to 512b*2^32 = 2TiB maximun space
    unfortunatly neither the real solution (gpt) nor the workaround (4k sectors) work reliable for various reasons (including a pollitical decicion on MS part to push 64bit + efi with >2TiB drive support as a lever)

    I would stay away from >2TiB and 4k drives for general usage
    only take then into consideration if you have confirmation that they are supported by your other stuff