Thanks MauiFrog, and I really appreciated your guide BTW.
My frustration was that as I read through the guide, it was clear that partitioning w/ FAT was the better alternative. In doing some additional reading, it looks like WBFS was/is the "old" way to do it. I never got from your note in the guide (which I read, re-read, and re-read about 10x's to make sure I wasn't missing something):
The disc loads well with neogamma r8 running cios38-r17 via disc or wbfs usb.
that other methods don't appear to work. My $.02 is to change that to something with much stronger language such as:
"The only way that the disc seems to load is with neogamma r8 running cios38-r17 via disc or wbfs usb."
The other thing that I would have at minimum added to the guide when discussing the formatting option of the storage HDD is that if you have a decent sized HDD - say anything over 100GB anyway, to create at least a small partition for explicitly this purpose. It's a real PIA to have to move everything off the HDD once it's formatted as FAT or FAT32, create a small partition to keep natively WBFS, and then reformatting and moving everything back. Yeah, there are tools to re-partion on the fly, but I've never had great luck with them.
Bottom line is - thank you. However, for me at least - those changes would have saved me a LOT of time and frustration. I just don't want to see anyone else struggle w/ the same things and reading through all 200 pages (we're almost there) to get those subtle nuances isn't practical.