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    Quote Originally Posted by IceB1980
    I Have a HDD question. I have a Seagate 250 HDD that me and my wife share. Though technically it's hers, I use it anyways. I'm saving up for my very own hard drive. Is there a way for me to split up the hard drive so I can use it to install my wii games and she uses it for her stuff? I don't want to formatt the HDD and erase her data......?
    There are programs to partition it so you can have some for you and she'd get the rest for herself and it'd display on your comp as 2 HDDs. But I think you'd lose your data. You could back up the data somewhere, format the drive, the copy the data back to the HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceB1980 View Post
    I Have a HDD question. I have a Seagate 250 HDD that me and my wife share. Though technically it's hers, I use it anyways. I'm saving up for my very own hard drive. Is there a way for me to split up the hard drive so I can use it to install my wii games and she uses it for her stuff? I don't want to formatt the HDD and erase her data......?
    You don't really need to format or partition anything. Just create a WBFS folder in the root of the HDD and copy your games in with either your USB loader or with Wii Backup Manager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by narse1979 View Post
    Have you done step 5 properly?
    Is the drive on the compat list?
    Thanks for your reply. I did do step 5 - the HD is not on the list - this is the second one I have bought as I could not even rip the disk to the HD with the other one. My particular model was not on the list but all other seagates seems to be working so I thought I should be ok. Surely I couldn't be unlucky enough to buy 2 duds??? Over $200 already spent on HDs just for the wii

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    Quote Originally Posted by ky84 View Post
    Thanks for your reply. I did do step 5 - the HD is not on the list - this is the second one I have bought as I could not even rip the disk to the HD with the other one. My particular model was not on the list but all other seagates seems to be working so I thought I should be ok. Surely I couldn't be unlucky enough to buy 2 duds??? Over $200 already spent on HDs just for the wii
    Well you must be doing something wrong or the hdd just isn't compatible. I have formatted hdd's using this method so many times and have had good results every time. I have always gone for Western Digital drives though. Have you got a usb stick you could try it out on?


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    thanks so much, after doing this a couple times and seeing a few different guides I still think yours is the easiest, most straight forward, and probably quickest. Easeus partition manager is great a great program and helped make this super easy.

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    Hey Pob3008,
    Thanks for a great guide, I do have a technical question for you though as noob as it may seem concerning FAT 32 vs. NTFS. I have no problems partitioning and formatting HDDs. Making healthy, active Primary Drives.
    I have a WD 750 GB Passport that is on the list.
    Wii 4.3U with MauiFrog latest softmod.
    WBFS Manager.
    Wii Game Manager.

    I followed your OP guide and all was going just fine till I decided the USB drive would be a great place to store the iso files too right. Uh ohh. I forgot that FAT 32 has a problem with 4+GB files and I didn't want to split them. So I decided to go the NTFS route following the guide by Brian in the link in the very first line of your OP. Both are done very well I must say.
    Great now I can store both the wbfs and iso files in the 750 GB WD. Well it seems I read but chose to ignore the fact that HBC and HB Browser don't support NTFS untill HBC refused to mount the usb drive and see any of my usb stored apps.
    Now I plan to partition the drive with one as NTFS for the iso files at least and maybe wbfs files and one as Fat 32 for all the HBC and HB Browser apps and tools I like to use.
    I know how to use CFG Loader Configurator or edit the config.txt, settings.cfg and meta.xml files to look at the correct partition as needed for Cfg Loader but with HBC the only choice is USB Drive. Do you this type of stratagy will work giving me the best of both worlds?

    Thanks,

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    It can but it really is easier to stick with one partition and just split the files with wii game manager

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pob3008
    It can but it really is easier to stick with one partition and just split the files with wii game manager
    I agree, why don't you want to split games? It is not that bad as long as you keep them together in the same folder. I do it all the time.

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    Okay guys, I formatted my HDD (500gb Iomega on the compatible list) I did partition it using EASEUS Pro. I partitioned 10GB in FAT32 and the remainder in NTFS.

    I'm not sure if it is going to all work out the way I planned it. I initially thought I would have FAT32 for my HB apps and NTFS for my game backups.

    Here is what I did:
    -I have my Wii Softmoded with MauiFrog's Guide
    -I have been using a 8GB USB FAT32 with HB apps & COD-BO bakup, with no SD card (So I thought I had everything conf. correctly)
    -I unplugged my 8GB Stick and plugged in the HDD with the exact setup and File Structure on the 10GB FAT32 partition that I had on the 8GB Stick
    -The FAT32 Partition of the HDD is marked as Primary and Active
    -The NTFS Partition has a wbfs folder in the Root and my Backup in that folder (But I havn't even got to this part yet..lol)
    -I turned the Wii on and selected HBC from the menu (I have the USB plugged in the outermost left plug looking from front to back (wii is upright).
    --All I get is a black screen and a slight Green Horizontal blip of a line.
    -I haven't changed anything yet or Partioned it all FAT32 or NTFS because I don't feel like that is the problem.
    -Even if the Partitioned drive won't work as I have planned it, I would think that the FAT32 Partition should load up my HB apps just like the 8GB stick did, even if the wii did ignore the NTFS Partition.
    -I even went back to the Softmod guide and downloaded the AppPack.zip again and deleted the one I had on the new HDD and installed it fresh, still didn't work.

    Anyone have any suggestions or need some more info that I can provide?

    I sure would appreciate any help or input that anyone can contribute.

    Thank You for your time,
    Cabinetmaster

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    Hmmm...this is strange as the homebrew channel doesn't usually screw up (it's usually an app that does). Does your HDD have the correct folder layout? i.e. The apps should be in an "apps" folder on the root of your HDD. make sure that you have all the folders you need (might post up my contents soon if you need it).

    I would suggest using an SD card for the homebrew apps (this is what I do) and a USB just for games.

    Also, why don't you want to have your whole HDD formatted as FAT32? partitioning it will just complicate things.

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