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    Formatting Wii HDD from WBFS to FAT32 or NTFS and Keeping all Game Data Intact?

    So, I had my Wii hacked for a long time now, and I want to do more with it! I've been using WBFS since it was easy for me, and it just...worked at the time. So now I want to change my current hard drive configuration, from a WBFS/NTFS partitioned drive (It's a Seagate 320 GB drive BTW) to a FAT32 drive so I can get all that SNEEK stuff.

    I know that formatting ANY drive causes all data to be lost. Is there an easy way to back up this stuff? Or is it all copy paste work? And will my save data still be usable with this FAT32 stuff or am I doomed to start over, because I have a LOT of data I don't want to lose.

    Wii Info:
    Sys Menu 4.2U
    Has HBC, and Bootmii installed as IOS.

    Would this sudden change be radically different? I'm kinda nervous. I just want a different format and to keep all my data in one piece. If you can help me out, I'd be super amazed! :S

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    Well I can help you with this! The short answer is yes, all your game save data will remain intact. (Because it saves the data on the Wii) What you should do is use WBFS Manager to get all the games off because sadly there is no other way to backup the games. Format it to FAT32 and put the games back on. Your done. If for some very odd reason the data doesn't work with the drive, then repeat the steps except format it back to NTFS. Hope this helps!

    Don't forget to thank if this works!

    And there is pretty much no difference between a WBFS drive that is FAT32 or NTFS.

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    And there is pretty much no difference between a WBFS drive that is FAT32 or NTFS.
    Apart from with fat32 and ntfs drives you dont waste unused hdd space.


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    I'll test when I come back from work! Is there a way to extract it as a .WBFS file instead of ISO with the WBFS Manager? Mine's still the 3.0 version, dunno if it updated. Extracting 50 ISOs is gonna take forever if they're 4.37-8GBs apiece.

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    Use wii game manager or wii backup manager


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    WBFS Manager is still at 3.0. But yeah use Wii Game Manager.

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    Well guys, for the most part, it worked! Now, there's still an issue with it. I can load games running CFG USB Loader, and mines version 66b or something like that. What gets annoying is that it looks like it wants to find a WBFS partition. It says WBFS partition not found, please load another partition. I want to avoid that, and go straight into the games. I can load games, but only if I select that FAT32 partition. Is there a way to bypass that and make CFG USB Loader's partition finder FAT32 by default?

    EDIT: WAIT WAIT WAIT! I DID IT! I ACTUALLY DID IT! It was that weird Configurator thing. While I'm happy that I figured it out, can someone help me actually learn what the configurator actually does? I'm kinda confused. It was like open settings.cfg or read blah blah. How the heck am I supposed to understand that chicken scratch?!

    EDIT 2: But then again, thanks a lot to all you guys! You guys are awesome!
    Last edited by Ryukouki; 07-14-2011 at 10:10 PM.

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    Your welcome. I prefer to use Wii Flow to CFG USB Loader. It's just easier. I'm glad I could help.

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