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    How do I partion a HD please?

    Hi

    My 320gb Wetern Digital passport has just arrived and I intend to use it to back up all my wii games on.

    I am using usb loader 1.5 and have tested it using an 8gb pen drive and everything was fine.

    I know that to use a HD for the wii I have to format it to wgsf (or whatever it was can't rember and at work now) my question is can I partition say 200 gb for the wii games and use the spare 100gb for general stuff? If I can how do I go about this please? Also if my wii collection grows beyond the 200gb can i then convert the rest of the 100gb on the HD to the wii format and add more games.

    Finally should I ever need to could I reformat the whole drive back to NTSC or fat32 if I needed to?

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    Baz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazmondo View Post
    Hi

    My 320gb Wetern Digital passport has just arrived and I intend to use it to back up all my wii games on.
    I have no idea if this drive works with the wii, but nice size.


    I know that to use a HD for the wii I have to format it to wgsf (or whatever it was can't rember and at work now) my question is can I partition say 200 gb for the wii games and use the spare 100gb for general stuff? If I can how do I go about this please? Also if my wii collection grows beyond the 200gb can i then convert the rest of the 100gb on the HD to the wii format and add more games.
    You can, you would need something like partion magic, or just search google for a free partion program. If you intend on using it for wii games, why not just format the whole drive. Suggest you have the drive formatted as FAT32 before converting to the wii format, works a treat that way.

    Finally should I ever need to could I reformat the whole drive back to NTSC or fat32 if I needed to?
    Yes you can, just remember when you connect it to your PC it will say that the drive is not formated as windows doesn't recognize the wii format layout. You should get hold of one of the GUI's for wbfts. So when you decide to re-format to NTFS just pick the drive through windows and click format, then it will format it and you will have a windows usable drive.

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    You can partion your HDD using Windows..
    HERE IS HOW;

    Open Control panel

    Open Admin Tools

    Open Computer Manager

    Open Disk Manager

    Selet your drive and partion..

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    Assuming Windows XP

    Open Control Panel
    open Administrative Tools
    Open Computer Management
    Open Storage
    Open Disc Management
    Right click on the WD Drive and delete partition
    Right click on WD Drive and choose New Partition
    Select Primary partition
    Enter 102400 MB (This will give you exactly a 100gb partition)
    Let it assign a drive letter (D for example)
    Format NTFS - may use quick format
    Finish
    Right click on "Unallocated" in the WD drive window
    Choose New Partition
    select Primary partition
    Let it use the rest of the space
    Let it assign a drive letter (E for example)
    Format NTFS - may use quick format
    Close Computer Management window when finished
    Open WBFS manager
    Select drive E: (or what ever the partition was assigned)
    click on the Format button
    Click Yes
    Click Load

    You are good to go! Simply use WBFS manager to add your games to the partition then plug into your Wii and load the games with USB loader.

    I wouldn't count on being able to repartition the drive later without having to reinstall all your wii games. You can repartition the drive back to what ever you want later.

    Having told you how to do it I must ask why the heck you'd want to? Why not just use the whole drive as a WBFS partition?
    Last edited by dex; 05-07-2009 at 09:43 AM.

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    Vista works the same..

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    Thanks fellas great feedback!

    Will have a think what to do once ive finished smiling at my artic white passport while my Mrs looks at me thinking what a sad tw*at ;-)

    Dex- to answer your question why I would'nt just use the whole drive for my wii games I will probably will end up doing just that.

    I was interested in the whole partition thing as something I have weirdly never done before. I was thinking of using some of the drive for my WDTV media player ( which is the best gadget I ever bought by the way) as I have crammed up the 320gb passport I bought for that!!

    Anyway thanks again for all replies.

    Thanks
    Baz

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    Here's a link to the program I used Easeus Partition Manager. I have a WD 500GB Passport Essentials. I was able to create 3 Partions: Fat32, NTFS, and an Unallocated space that I formatted using WBFS Manager. So far everything works good. I use the Fat32 mainly for emulator roms, the NTFS for random PC Backup, and of course the WBFS for the Wii.

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    Here's a trick from an experienced Microsoft Certified network administrator for over a dozen years... me!:

    Start > Run (Win + R)
    diskmgmt.msc <enter>

    Get's ya right there. When I was your age, all we had was DOS and we liked it. Young whipper snappers today have it too easy with all your point and clicks. In my day we had Abort, Retry, Fail and it didn't matter what you chose, nothing worked. Heck back then Ctrl-Alt-Del rebooted your computer. And that was when you had to BOOT your computer. When Windows 95 came out, we loaded it from 25 floppy disks... and disk 24 was always bad... wasted a whole day trying to get it to work. And don't even get me started on video games. We had to blow on our NES games for 3 hours just to play some lousy game. Spoiled I tell ya...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybercrud View Post

    When I was your age, all we had was DOS and we liked it. Young whipper snappers today have it too easy with all your point and clicks. In my day we had Abort, Retry, Fail and it didn't matter what you chose, nothing worked.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah lol and you had to walk to school everyday... 10 miles... through the snow... up hill... both ways...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IVILyric View Post
    Here's a link to the program I used Easeus Partition Manager. I have a WD 500GB Passport Essentials. I was able to create 3 Partions: Fat32, NTFS, and an Unallocated space that I formatted using WBFS Manager. So far everything works good. I use the Fat32 mainly for emulator roms, the NTFS for random PC Backup, and of course the WBFS for the Wii.
    same one i use make sure you make the wbfs partition primary, not logical.

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