Wii U hard drive setup

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by mediabob, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. mediabob
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    mediabob GBAtemp Regular

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    Hi, I had my original Wii soft modded, and I had it set up to where everything runs off the HD, so no SD card is inserted and this worked fine.

    Now I am currently trying yo get everything set up on my Wii U and I am having a problem, if I have Wiiflow or USB Loader GX installed on an SD card it boots up and detects the HD just fine, if I try to boot it when installed on the HD it will not detect the HD.

    So my question is, how can I load USB loaders from the HD? When using the same setup as the Wii it does not work...

    My emulators still work fine, and so does the homebrew channel.

    I am using the top back USB port (the left one if its standing up) as this works when I boot the loaders from an SD card, the HD has 2 partitions, one FAT32 and one NTSF, the games are on the FAT32 partition in a WBFS folder.
     
  2. worm28

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    It works for me is your fat32 partition the first partition i think it has to be to work.
     
  3. tbgtbg

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    Are you trying to run the loaders from HBC or a forwarder? If from a forwarder, try loading it in HBC, maybe the forwarder is just looking at the SD. I don't use SD for much beyond initial hacking, so I don't know if forwarders are SD/USB specific or not, but still, just try from HBC if you haven't already and see what happens.

    Also, try not to plug in the HDD until after in vWii mode. I know mine doesn't really act right anymore after getting that nag from the WiiU mode about formatting it and I have to unplug it and start over after that.
     
  4. Cyan

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    I had a report that it wasn't working on vWii with this setup: USBLoaderGX forwarder + boot.dol on USB + HDD >2TB.
    If you boot from HBC it's working, if you boot from forwarder but with a smaller drive it's working.

    If you are in this particular setup, try booting from HBC.
     
  5. worm28

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    It works for me with my western digital elements 2tb
     
  6. mediabob
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    mediabob GBAtemp Regular

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    Hi. sorry was working so slow to get back...

    To clarify I am launching the loaders from HBC, not using a forwarder. The fat32 partition is the first partition on the drive.

    With my Wii I did not use an SD card at all (beyond initial setup) EVERYTHING worked from the HD, so I want to have the same setup for the vWii as well.

    WiiFlow will not launch at all, it just gives me an error that there is no USB drive or SD Card detected and that it will close.

    After playing with it I have gotten both CFG and USB Loader GX to launch and load games, however when I try to download the covers or correct titles they try to write to the non existent SD card instead of the USB HD.

    So I have managed to get the games to load (never cared for wiiflow anyway, don't care if it works) now I just need to know how to get the other to loaders to write to the HD when they download covers and such.
     
  7. djbubba2002

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    Im using western digital 3TB with wiiflow and everything works for me
     
  8. Cyan

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    verify the path used in USBLoaderGX > Settings > User paths
    it should be set to usb1:/ instead of SD:/
    if you have usb8:/ it's not normal, and it means it didn't detect your devices correctly the first time you launched the loader. just set the paths manually or reset the settings.
     
  9. mediabob
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    mediabob GBAtemp Regular

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    OK that was the issue, it had usb8:/ so I manually changed it and now all is working, thanks!
     
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