Discussion: File and Folder naming rules for game backups (cfg usb loader compatible)
This is for cfg usb loader 70 - as time goes by and new versions are released this may be out of date.
This is a ‘what do you think’ post- please share your related thoughts.
I believe the best way to name and organize your backup files would be to make them look like this:
F:\wbfs\Ghostbusters The Video Game [RGQE70].wbfs
1 Start with the Games Text label (its alpha numeric name)
2 Followed by the code number in bracket like this [code]
3 Followed by the extension (wbfs / iso / etc)
4 Do not use any periods - dashes - underlines or any odd characters unless it is part of the official game name.<br>
5 Do not abbreviate the name (unless the game title itself does - like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a game titled TMNT )
6 use one space between each word and one space between the name and the code.
I have browsed the tutorials - FAQ's and tried a few advanced searches; The only relevant post is "CFG USB Loader not showing all of my games?" http://www.wiihacks.com/software-bac...-my-games.html which does not go into any helpful details. - Basically he tried to rename his backup file and it failed to work because he did not put the code with brackets into his new name.
No matter the method used to get your game file we all have had the issue of "What should I name it?" There are various programs to convert them from one format to another ( iso -wbfs etc) but if they are not properly named - the loader will not identify them and you will not be able to load them. Each different program offers multiple methods of naming – if only each program would only offer one standard method… but they don’t…
If there were a set of 'official naming rules' posted on a prominent site like this -- maybe eventually people would adopt them and life would be a bit easier for us who want to best organize our collections.
The only 'set in stone / writing rule' that is posted in the tutorials - is that you must have a folder named 'wbfs' to put the games in. Though it may be a simple solution to place your 5 to 20 games in that folder - what do you do when you have hundreds of games and want to keep them sorted inside of your own personal folders UNDER the wbfs folder? (primarily for easy access using your pc explorer)
It can be done. -- Sometimes.
[SPOILER= Part 1 - FILE NAME ISSUES]
Part 1 - FILE NAME issues:
WORKS (this file name will appear - load - and play in the cfg usb loader 70 - nobody knows what that file is... so you may want to re name it)
2 F:\wbfs\Ghostbusters The Video Game.wbfs
FAILS (you know what the game is now -- but the cfg usb loader will ignore it because there is no code- you can not play it
3: F:\wbfs\Ghostbusters The Video Game RGQE70.wbfs
FAILS (You have both text and code labels here - but the cfg loader still ignores it)
4: F:\wbfs\Ghostbusters The Video Game [RGQE70] .wbfs
WORKS (now you still know what it is - and the cfg usb loader will load and play it properly BECAUSE YOU PUT [ ] BRACKETS AROUND THE CODE)
Up for debate is the fact that sometimes you CAN and sometimes you can NOT successfully re name these game file names. Example 4 is the only method that works for properly renaming a game file - but it does not ALWAYS work – sometimes a game refuses to play unless it is code only; ANYONE KNOW WHY THIS IS?
** Important to note - you can have the bracketed code [RGQE70] anywhere in the file name - up front - in the middle - or at the end - and on the games that will allow you to rename them it will work fine - but on some games they will not function at all unless its just a plain old text code : no brackets and no alpha numeric name... ( F:\wbfs\RGQE70.wbfs )
[SPOILER= Part 2 - FOLDER ISSUES]
Part 2: FOLDER issues:
Maybe you want to store additional information with your game file (cheats - photo's – web links - random information files - etc) so putting your game file in its own folder is your goal. From this folder - you can have the actual .wbfs files sitting there with various names... (Using the Bracket code rule) and you can safely add all kinds of other files - and still play the game; *unless its one of the few games that can not be re named for whatever unknown reason- then you must leave it with its original code name.
* You can use under scores ( _ ) or dashes or any other character inside the folder name and your game can still play
* You do not have to have the bracketed code (or any game code) in the folder name - and it will still play
* You can only go one folder down from the wbfs - any deeper and the games will be ignored.
1: F:\wbfs\scratched\Ghostbusters- The Video Game [RGQE70]\Ghostbusters The Video Game [RGQE70].wbfs
FAILS because the loader will not look more than two folders deep.
2: F:\wbfs\Ghostbusters: The_Video_Game_RGQE70\Ghostbusters The Video Game [RGQE70].wbfs
WORKS (only 2 folders deep and naming rule is accurate with the code properly typed in)
In the root folder you can place a LOT of .wbfs files beside each other – and they will all play (if named properly)
If you go one folder below the wbfs folder – you can only have ONE game file. If you put more than one game file in it – none will load. ANYONE KNOW WHY THIS IS?
Is there a limit to how many games can be stored on one hard drive? (I have a 1.5tb with over 80 games; I’ve seen some people posting who have HUNDREDS of games – and I have seen others ask if there was a limit – no answer was posted anywhere… This would probably be a limitation of the Loader software itself (more than a limit of room on a hard disk)
For those with skinny wallets – who have a few small hard drives – can you use more than one hard drive at a time with the cfg usb loader 70+ - I have not tried but figure someone reading this would want to know.
How can one network their Wii back up hard drive into their home network? (I’m sure this info is out there – its not something I want personally to do – but would be wise to have posted here if I want a complete ‘guide’)
Is network storage access a possibility in future versions of a usb loader? (it would no longer be a usb loader in that case it would be a wifi loader…) Does such a program exist? ( I know the homebrew application lets you go online and download/install play games – not sure if such a system works with your own home network and backups…)
Anyone else with good questions please ask away
If you have links to some related discussions please post them.
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Thanks for reading.