Does my Wii need a working disc drive to save legally-bought games to a hard drive?
First of all, if this is a repeat topic, or a noob question, or something against the rules, I'm sorry. I used the search function first, and read the forum rules, and read this guide:
Those answered all my questions but four.
I bought a Wii on the first day it was released, meaning it's an older white wii that the boot2 exploit works with. A year or two ago, it stopped reading discs. We took it into a repair shop, and they cleaned the laser that reads the discs, and it started working again. A couple months later, it stopped reading discs again. Both times, before I took it to the repair shop, I went and saved all the files that could be copied to an SD card. This was about half my games. When the repair shop looked at it this time, they tried lots of methods, but nothing worked. It still completely works, but it cannot read discs. I could just buy a new Wii, but that would require me to lose hundreds of hours of files I had put months into playing. This brings me to my four questions:
-If I were to install the homebrew channel on my Wii using the boot2 exploit, would I be able to save all my disc-based games to a hard drive and play them on my Wii that doesn't read discs, without having to read the discs on my Wii?
-Can I use the same game files I have saved on the Wii, or would they end up being saved somewhere else, like on the hard drive?
-After installing the homebrew channel, would I be able to buy new Wii games and still play them (by installing them to the hard drive)?
-Can I still play Wii games online? This is just a general curiosity, I don't usually play Wii online at all. I know you can still use Netflix.
Thanks in advance.