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    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:
    http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...i-hacking.html

    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.

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    Why not just replace the lens? It will be a cheap repair that you can do yourself and then soft mod your wii. Softmodding will NOT effect online play and yes you will have HDD loading options after you softmod.

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    The repair shop already tried replacing the lens, and then they did it again to make sure the first replacement wasn't defective. I wouldn't even want to softmod the Wii if the disc drive worked, since the main reason I want to is so I can play my games using the files I still have on the Wii. So if I can play games off the HDD, does my Wii's disc drive need to be functional to put the games on the HDD & play them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperKirbyFan View Post
    The repair shop already tried replacing the lens, and then they did it again to make sure the first replacement wasn't defective. I wouldn't even want to softmod the Wii if the disc drive worked, since the main reason I want to is so I can play my games using the files I still have on the Wii. So if I can play games off the HDD, does my Wii's disc drive need to be functional to put the games on the HDD & play them?
    Yes it does. Or you have to have one of the very few DVD-ROM drives for your computer that can read the discs. You can google which ones are compatible.

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    Hmm, ok. I checked around and found this topic from this forum:

    http://www.wiihacks.com/dumping-burn...-wii-game.html

    The member jbloggs posted a list of those drives. Just to be sure, is that the correct list? My computer is a laptop, so it likely doesn't have one of those drives. I guess I'll have to see if I can buy one of those then. Thanks for your help.

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    EDIT:So I have a new question now, and I figured it would be best to not start a brand new topic for it since it's similar to my other questions:

    I looked around and because my disc drive doesn't work, the only way I can put my games on the HDD is by using one of those special disc drives. My computer is a laptop, and therefore incompatible with all of them since they are internal drives. However, the main reason i want to do this is so I don't lose all my files. I looked for a new solution, and found the program SaveGame Manager GX. I'm sure people here are familiar with it, but for those who aren't here's the link: SaveGame Manager GX - WiiBrew

    Now then, if I were to download the Homebrew Channel onto my Wii, then download SaveGame Manager GX, copy all my files to an SD using that, and then buy a new Wii (that is not a problem for me) and copy all the files back to that one, I have these questions about it:

    -Would my first Wii need to have it's disc drive functional to do any of that?

    -Would the second Wii also need the homebrew channel and SaveGame Manager GX? (I'm assuming the answer is yes, i'm just making sure)

    -Would it matter that the first Wii is an original white Wii from right when the Wii came out, while the second Wii would be brand new and therefore incompatible with the boot2 exploit?

    Again, thanks in advance.
    Last edited by SuperKirbyFan; 08-30-2011 at 03:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperKirbyFan View Post
    Hmm, ok. I checked around and found this topic from this forum:

    http://www.wiihacks.com/dumping-burn...-wii-game.html

    The member jbloggs posted a list of those drives. Just to be sure, is that the correct list? My computer is a laptop, so it likely doesn't have one of those drives. I guess I'll have to see if I can buy one of those then. Thanks for your help.
    I sure would hate to give up on a boot2 Wii, but if there is no way to get the drive working, I would suggest you still go ahead and mod it. You can use a game save manager to extract all of your save files and then put them onto a new Wii.

    I am by no means a hardware expert, so I don't know what could be wrong with it. I do know however that even with a broken optical drive you could get a decent price for it if you put it on fleabay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjizzle View Post
    You can use a game save manager to extract all of your save files and then put them onto a new Wii.
    Even if the new Wii isn't a boot2 Wii, this would still work? And I would need to put a game save manager and the HBC on the new Wii as well as the boot2 Wii, right? Even if I do this I'll probably still hold onto the boot2 Wii since I can still do everything with it except read discs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperKirbyFan View Post
    Even if the new Wii isn't a boot2 Wii, this would still work?
    Yes.

    And I would need to put a game save manager and the HBC on the new Wii as well as the boot2 Wii, right?
    Yes.

    Even if I do this I'll probably still hold onto the boot2 Wii since I can still do everything with it except read discs.
    Good idea.

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