Hello and welcome to http://lh3.ggpht.com/__Z3U1sEE1cE/S4...Rs/wiilogo.jpg
Only the hbc is not enough, you need to be fully softmodded, you have to have a cIOS installed. Savegames aren't saved to the usb drive automatically but can be backuped there easily. you component list looks good, just start over reading a lot and use the 4.3 softmod guide or the softmod any wii guide to get up and running.
You joined the right site to learn everything about Wii modding and hacking.
General Warnings: Do not update to 4.3! - Do not listen to youtube hacking tutorials!
There are just a few things you should keep in mind. Be sure that you read the forum rules and understand them. Any discussion about pirated material or cheating will be shut down. Be sure to post in the correct forum section - best suiting the post's content. Before posting it is always good to check if the question has been answered already, the chances are very high. Just give the searchbar a shot - further infos in the Ultimate Searching Guide by emuhack. Keep in mind you can also search within the thread your are currently reading, look at the top right corner and find "search thread" in the bar.
Maybe you want to try out this as well:
Just place your query before or behind "site:wiihacks.com".
The Recommended Tutorials and Guides section will be your main source for information.
You might also want to check out the Ultimate Wiihacks Index and the Wii Softmodding - Basics and Beyond to get along the site and get to know some hacking terminology etc :).
To initially softmod your Wii use one of the following softmod guides. Just choose the guide which you understand the most.
To load your game backups from a USB hard drive follow the FAT32 loading guide or the WBFS loading guide.
There is also a Wii Modchips Section.
Feel free to join the chat to get hints how to mod your Wii or talk about whatever you want (just keep some IRC rules in mind).
If our site guides and members have helped you in a significant way, feel free to Donate or participate in the WiiHacks Holiday Season Drawing to cover server and bandwidth costs.
Enjoy your stay at WiiHacks! Welcome aboard!