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    Can I add a 2nd partition to my Wii's USB HDD w/o disturbing data on the 1st partitio

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    I have a 500gb HDD that I'm using to support my backups for my wii games. The HDD has a cluster size of 64kb and is currently pretty full. If I use Partition Magic and add a 2nd partition (32kb cluster) to my HDD, will it interrupt any data on the 1st partition?
    I know that the rule of thumb when messing with HDD's is to always backup, but since I don't have any means of backing it up, I was thinking about risking it and partitioning the HDD off. I don't think it'll mess up my 64kb partition, but was wanting to ask advice before I mess everything up.

    Thanks, in advance!

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    Personally, I don't recommend multi-partition hard drives on a Wii, since there are a number of apps that cannot access more than the first partition.

    CFG can access more than one partition for Wii games, so you can use that, but if you want to load GameCube games, they must be installed in the FIRST partition, or they will not work.

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    So what would your recommendation be on this situation (if I wanna still play my backed up gcn games)? My 32gb SDHC card isn't bad for it, but I'd like more space. I'm assuming it would be a good idea to invest a few dollars in a 2nd USB hdd and make that gamecube only..at least until they can work out these emulators to play gcn games on the same cluster-sized partition as wii games. Thanks for the advice, bro!

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    If you can back up your data somewhere else so you can format the drive and then restore the data, I would suggest that and then format the entire hard drive as a FAT32 32k single, active, primary partition. Then you can have your wii and GC games live on it.

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    That's cool, man, I appreciate it. I'll end up getting another HDD sometime soon and doing just that. I was just hesitant to do that because I read somewhere that Wii games are slow to load on a 32kb/c HDD. It already takes a couple of minutes for most of my loaders to load up. Good looking out, I'll be ordering another HDD within the next week! Later!

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    I have no problem with my loading speed. A slow hard drive is still faster than most SD cards out there.

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    @llaffer - I have a similar question;
    I just bought a 2nd Wii for the house and a new SD card, also a new Toshiba 500GB HDD. I'm gonna follow Mauifrog's guide just as I did for my primary Wii.
    I want to partition this one as NTFS in order to load files larger than 4GB (like Metroid Prime Trilogy) and also be able to save ".avi" files on it to watch whenever. but at the same time, I am hoping to be able to use nand emulation, for my saves and for my vc's and channels, which I hear might not be possible on a NTFS drive.
    My question here, I guess, is can i do a half & half type of seal to have both NTFS AND FAT32 both being read by the loader or is there some sort of way to achieve what i'm thinking using one fat32 or NTFS without multiple partitions?

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    I'm not sure what the requirements are to NAND emulation regarding hard drives.

    Though, FAT32 can play larger games just fine. When you properly install them, the .wbfs file gets split along 4gig lines. The USB Loaders know how to handle this.

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    Whether you want to use xNEEK for NAND emulation or a USB Loader NAND emulation feature you need to have a dumped copy of your NAND on your drive. To simply use it with a USB Loader, dump your NAND using your USB Loader ( I don't know if CFG lets you do that, I know GX does ) and put it in the directory you want it in on your HDD, then you just set the paths for savegame and channel emulation to that directory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NaturalGus
    @llaffer - I have a similar question;
    I just bought a 2nd Wii for the house and a new SD card, also a new Toshiba 500GB HDD. I'm gonna follow Mauifrog's guide just as I did for my primary Wii.
    I want to partition this one as NTFS in order to load files larger than 4GB (like Metroid Prime Trilogy) and also be able to save ".avi" files on it to watch whenever. but at the same time, I am hoping to be able to use nand emulation, for my saves and for my vc's and channels, which I hear might not be possible on a NTFS drive.
    My question here, I guess, is can i do a half & half type of seal to have both NTFS AND FAT32 both being read by the loader or is there some sort of way to achieve what i'm thinking using one fat32 or NTFS without multiple partitions?
    Yes!You will need a fat partition as well as the ntfs for the set up you want.

    No, you do not need two HDDs You can split the drive in two with out any problems at all, and it's simple this way.

    Search and am sure your find a tutorial explaining every little detail.
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