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Hard Drive not working with HDL anymore?
There used to be some incompatibilities between hdl_dump and WinHIIP. They used to be fixed. Pick one of both and use it. Don't change, as you might get into trouble.
To install multiple games at once connect the drive via external USB enclosure. Both programs can install on a USB drive. Only hdl_dump can install via network.
"Only those who try will become." -- Kimahri Ronso
You mention trying out several different versions of the LordBoGaMi HDL_Dump GUI, and I assume you had these in different folders, each with its own copy of "hdl_dump.exe".
One potential problem with that is if those "hdl_dump.exe" files are of different versions, because each of them may require that the "hdld_svr.elf" used on the PS2 must be from the same HDL_Dump release, as the protocol used has changed between versions, several times. So in some of your tests you may have used server and client programs with incompatible protocols...
Whatever the causes were, after all of those failed installationss, I guess that both those PS2 HDDs may need a full reformat, rather than any repair attempts, and then you can try reinstalling the games you backed up to the PC earlier.
As for mixed use of WinHIIP and HDL_Dump, I know that many have warned against it, so it probably is a bad idea to swap back and forth between them. But I have had good results by initially using WinHIIP to prepare an HDD for first-time PS2 usage, installing lots of games in one session on the PC, and thereafter moving the HDD into the PS2 and henceforth using only HDL_Dump (via network). I have used this method a couple of times now, without problems, so hopefully it should work well for you to, both with the old HDDs and the new one.
Best regards: dlanor
Thank you for the suggestions. Essentially I did just what dlanor described. I used winhiip to install all the games on a brand new HD then used HDL_Dump to add more over a network. Except with mine, winhiip reported errors on the brand new, freshly formatted, empty drive. After that ToxicOS would not boot until I used winhiip to repair the errors. Then everything works fine EXCEPT HDL_Dump says there is something wrong with the partition and will not operate.
It seems to me that one of two things corrupted my drive. Either it happened as soon as I connected it to my PC with the USB adaptor (which sometimes acts weird with PS2 formatted drives). Or it happened as soon as winhiip connected to the drive. It seems unusual that winhiip would show errors on a brand new drive so I am leaning towards thinking it has something to do with my USB IDE Adaptor not working 100% with the PS2 partition. Any thoughts?
I am now trying to reformat the drive but have more problems. I connected the drive to windows via the USB adaptor and erased all partitions. Return HD to PS2 and ToxicOS hangs. Perhaps its the MBR. Used MBRWork to erase the MBR. Return HD to PS2, ToxicOS hangs. I used hitachi's diagnostic tool on the HD and it says there are corrupted sectors. Not damaged/unreadable sectors, but corrupted sectors. It is currently doing a "erase and clean" to repair the drive. It appears that is going to take about 4 hours so I sure hope it works. After this I am hoping ToxicOS will see and format the drive for me instead of hanging at the logo screen.
Keeping my fingers crossed. Im still open to suggestions and ideas on how this corruption happened.
The Hitachi Diagnostic "erase and clean" worked but when I performed another test it now makes strange noise and says: "Device Failure. Excessive Shock." This drive worked fine before I connected winhiip. I have been VERY easy and treat all my HDs like newborn babies. This drive is only a few months old. I am getting really frustrated now.... I have another hard drive but now I am scared to connect it with that USB adaptor... What is going on here?
IIRC, while booting Windows could sometimes write on an attached and powered external USB enclosure with unknown partitioning/file systems.
"Only those who try will become." -- Kimahri Ronso
I don't have the same setup that you have, but I do have an External USB HDD Enclosure. I just wanted to know when you disconnect the HDD from it, are you (1) Using the "Safely Remote Hardware" option in Windows, (2) Powering off the USB Adapter (is there a power switch?), (3) then disconnecting the drive? Just wondering cause it's something that could be easily over looked and I read somewhere (can't find it now) that not properly disconnecting it can cause problems.
Originally Posted by toothpick5
What version of WinHIIP are you using, and what is the model # of your Hitachi HDD? On the Hitachi support/download site it says "OGT Diagnostic Tool is a failure analysis tool for Ultrastar 10K300, Ultrastar 15K73 and DK32xx disk drives. For these drives, OGT Diagnostic Tool replaces the Drive Fitness Test". I assume you are using the "Drive Fitness Test" utility, because the OGT Diagnostic Tool is only for Hitachi SCSI/FCAL Hard Disk Drives.
There is always the possibility that removing the drive and moving it around after months may have caused this "Excessive Shock".
Hardware: PS2 v7 (GH-022) NTSC | Crystal Chip 2.0 Pro SLE | Sony Network Adapter | 300GB Segate HDD
Software: uLaunchELF 4.40 | HDLoader 0.8c | HDL_Dump 0.8.6+GUI | SMS 2.9 (Rev.3)
My Projects: uLaunchELF - skins/template | skin template readme | documentation (contributor)
Hey! I have a Hitachi HDD too! I'm now having problems trying to use HDL since upgrading my CC BM & firmware. I now have networking capability so I can transfer over the network. However, I had been using WINHIIP for quite a while for transfers! I wonder if all this switching has damaged the HDD or it might need repaired? Thanks!