what hbc boot file?
hbc runs without sd card if you like. also the hbc forwarder dol you probably mean, once installed, should load/get you to hbc without hbc (if priiloader is set to boot to installed file).
for more recovery options get a wii that supports bootmii at boot2 and then run everything with that/cboot2 to wadmanager/MultiModManager
some fancy suggestions/ways can be found in the bricked section.