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    Got an update regarding an earlier discovery I made regarding copying partitions via Gparted.


    It turns out that you can do the following process to make a backup of your verification files that should work on any USB drive regardless of size, though obviously it'll still only work on your own Wii system. This is mainly for people that have Wii systems with dead disc drives and therefore cannot re-verify their games without access to a second Wii.


    1. Backup any data from your Wii's USB drive that you want to keep.
    2. Manually delete (not format!) everything on your Wii's USB drive except USB:\\Apps\gc_devo
    3. (optional). Delete everything in USB:\\Apps\gc_devo except any and all files ending with the file extension .DVV (they're hidden by default in Windows).
    4. Use a program like Gparted to resize the FAT32 partition that contains the .DVV files to 257 MB.
    5. Use a program like CloneZilla to clone or backup the newly-resized 257 MB partition (only the partition, not the entire disk!) to an image file or similar.
    6. Store the newly-created image file of your partition backup in a safe place.



    Now in the future when you want to use a different USB drive just to the following:


    1. Find your image file containing your backed-up FAT32 partition.
    2. Using the program you used above in step 5, restore the image file to your new USB drive.
    3. Resize the newly-restored FAT32 partition to your desired size, such as the full size the new USB drive.
    4. Recopy your GameCube games and Wii homebrew into the newly-restored FAT32 partition.
    5. Plug your new USB drive into your Wii and enjoy your GameCube games without needing to re-verify.



    I have not tested it yet, but you may even be able to restore the partition image of a USB drive onto an SD card without needing to reverify any GC games; that would be particularly useful for Wii U owners since Devolution does not currently support hidden partitions.
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    Thank you, I'm gonna have to read that thoroughly later. But upon skimming it it sounds very awesome.

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    What do you mean on that last bit N64maniac?

    I am using Ustealth app to hide my partition, but I have not even tried to move my Devolution games over to my Wii U hard drive because I didn't feel like messing with the wiimote that is used to verify the games. I also want to keep 2 USB drives, one for my hacked Wii and one for my Wii U and did not feel like re verifying all my games to get them on Wii U (when I would probably prefer to use a gamecube controller anyway).

    Are you saying I can use this method to simply copy my Devolution games to my Wii U hard drive? I guess I haven't though much about it since I only hacked my vWii on my Wii U a few days ago. I started using Devolution before Wii U support was added, will I need to reverify with the new version and a wii mote connected in order to use it on my Wii U?

    I sort of would like the option of having Devolution to have off tv gamecube games, off tv seriously lets me play way more games than I would otherwise. I guess I have not kept up with the latest happenings but was under the impression it was just too much of a hassle to get it to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd View Post
    What do you mean on that last bit N64maniac?
    As you may be aware, the Wii U will not ask to format a hard drive if its partitions are set to hidden. Unfortunately Devolution does not (currently) support hidden partitions, so the only way to use Devolution without a Wii U constantly asking to format is to use an SD card, which AFAIK the Wii U only uses for Wii mode.

    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd View Post
    Are you saying I can use this method to simply copy my Devolution games to my Wii U hard drive?
    Sure, but you need to use the new hard drive on the same system that the old hard drive was used on in order to not have to re-verify. My method only makes it so that you don't need to reverify if you change hard drives, but it won't prevent re-verification from being needed if you change Wii systems.

    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd View Post
    will I need to reverify with the new version and a wii mote connected in order to use it on my Wii U?.
    You'll need to reverify with the new version no matter what, even if you used the same system with the same hard drive.
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    Any word on a Wii U guide yet? I'm hoping to get one soon, and want to get all my Wii and GC games on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackington View Post
    Any word on a Wii U guide yet? I'm hoping to get one soon, and want to get all my Wii and GC games on it!
    If you're impatiant you can just follow the instructions in the README.txt that's included in the download (it's located in the gc_devo folder).
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    OK cool, I am willing to try it out. I am still not clear how it helps Wii U owners, if devolution is going to require wiimote sync verification on the Wii U can't I just verify my games in my wii's SD card and then move that SD card to the Wii U?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd View Post
    if devolution is going to require wiimote sync verification on the Wii U can't I just verify my games in my wii's SD card and then move that SD card to the Wii U?
    No, you have to use the same storage device you used on your Wii system...unless you do the process I described.


    Let me put it this way, there are three variables at play here:

    Game console
    data storage device
    wiimote

    Of those three variables, the only one that Devolution officially supports changing without re-verification is the "game console" variable, all the rest must stay the same.

    The method I described allows the user to change the "data storage variable" without needing to reverify.
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    I haven't thought much about it because I only ever used devolution on a regular wii and only just modded my vWii recently.

    So verification is always done on the wii. You need a wiimote connected, and the verification is tied to that specific wiimote being connected to the system because of the dvv files on the hard drive tells devolution that wiimote needs to be connected in order to run.

    1. Can I take that hard drive and wii mote to any system and play games with devolution as long as the wiimote is connected as well? Or is it somehow only allowing you to use one wii and one wii u?

    the easiest way to use my games on the wii u and still keep the original hard drive connected to the wii and not have to worry about choosing between hidden partitions and being nagged to format would be to copy my games to an sd card and verify them on the wii then put that sd card in my wii u and sync the wiimote to it.

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    [QUOTE=blaisedinsd;716379]
    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd View Post
    1. Can I take that hard drive and wii mote to any system and play games with devolution as long as the wiimote is connected as well? Or is it somehow only allowing you to use one wii and one wii u?
    This should be possible. However you may have to re-verify via the wiimote every single time you play on a different Wii system since I believe Devolution only remembers a single Wii system at a time per game.

    [QUOTE=blaisedinsd;716379]
    Quote Originally Posted by blaisedinsd View Post
    the easiest way to use my games on the wii u and still keep the original hard drive connected to the wii and not have to worry about choosing between hidden partitions and being nagged to format would be to copy my games to an sd card and verify them on the wii then put that sd card in my wii u and sync the wiimote to it.
    If you used my method of partition copying then you may not even need to re-verify on your original Wii. (I say may because I have not tested USB --to-> SD partition copying)
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