That sucks! Is the hard drive dead dead, or corrupted? If it still comes on, there are free data recovery apps out there that could possibly help if you are able to hook it up to another working machine.
I turned off my computer to run an errand. I came home, turned on the PC, and it took way longer to boot up (minutes versus seconds) and made a constant beep-click-beep-click-beep-click-beep-click-beep-click sound for a few minutes... until it would finally cease doing that. The beep-click happens every time I begin the booting process, be it a cold or warm boot.
I thought it was a memory error. Ran a diagnostic and got nothin'. Then I went to put on some music... and realized the hard drive wasn't being detected!
As it turns out, it was the hard drive making that sound. The solid state drive (with the operating system) is fine, but the hard drive has something wrong with it. I am pretending a friend can find out what's wrong with it and fix it. Until then, I've disconnected it and hooked up an older hard drive on which I can store my data. I am hoping the lost data (basically, only hours of Rock Band work) can be recovered.
I lost a couple nearly complete charts once because I forgot to sync my customs folder before a reformat. It's no fun to make a chart twice.
Seriously. This is a big morale-sapper. So until I have a definitive answer about the hard drive, I am going to pause all of my work on customs. I'm not going to chart something twice if I don't really have to... I'll just be patient. I have plenty of Netflix to catch up on anyway.
I remembered some talk about this, but couldn't find the post so I did a google search and found this: https://sites.google...packer-unpacker
I never experimented with this but it seems that it's what you're looking for.
I don't know how usefull this information is, but app files are extremely easy to unpack using u8it which I believe is included with the C3 Wii packer. Keeping those might be a good option.
Hoo, boy... I had enough trouble getting customs to work on my Wii at all. This is intimidating. I downloaded the software and installed a hex editor, but this stuff is above me (which is why I made my Packing Like a Pro Wii thread... to make the hard-to-understand stuff understandable!).
I assume the ID it asks for is the same as what's in my ng_id.txt file that I use for packing customs. But what is this PRNG thing? Never heard of that... any hand-holding you could do would be appreciated