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    Is this even possible? Play games from SDHC card?

    Hi everyone.
    I'm really new here as you can see but I am wondering if what I am trying to do is even possible.
    I will try to be as brief as possible, and if anyone can straighten me out that would be fantastic.
    I have a 4.3U with a Drivekey installed from a prior owner. I went ahead and softmodded the unit so I could play a backup off the SD card instead of DVD.
    We own the TW2012 game disk, but this is the second one we have had to purchase because one had already failed with barely any scratches on it.
    My brother, friends I play TW2012 once a week in a beer drinking garage party. Its always fun until the disk craps out mid game. Especially since we each throw 5 bucks in the pot to the winner.
    We were hoping to backup the DVD to SD and play it from that for reliability purposes. (I understand the game loads faster this way too)
    I already have HBC installed as well as a few usb Loader programs. I tried to backup the disk to a dedicated 8GB SDHC card using WBFS.
    I just cannot get the game to load from SD.
    I see a lot of people using USB to load an external drive to load and play games but I really don't need all that space as we only play the one game.
    I read somewhere that you can split partition the SD card and have one WBFS partition as well as another partition to hold apps and wads,...we do play Galaga sometimes :-)
    Is this even really possible?
    Can someone explain what the best steps to get this done are if it is possible?
    Thanks.

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    I've tried this and it's an epic fail lol. Honestly to partition the sd card you have to FLIP the card's flash structure, and convert the file systems internal setup. I've done this, split the thing into fat32/ntfs and ummm... Needless to say, unless you can reprogram your wii to understand the SECOND partition, since the wii only understand ONE partition, this is terribly a hassle... Now if you ran everything off of a fat32 usb stick, that would be COMPLETELY awesome, since fat32 runs EVERYTHING from usb and it's smaller capacity would be MUCH more convenient for you, noting the situation.



    UPDATE: I'm so sorry, i forgot about this. Check out this guide on FAT32 formatting. HERE

    At about this point, you should be able to use your SD for game-loading:

    [Spoiler="Try this"]Chapter 2 - Loading your games to your hard drive



    Copying your original discs to your hard drive with your usb loader




    CFG Usb loader v70

    1) Start your loader
    2) Insert your Wii game
    3) Go to the main tab
    4) Then go to install and you are done.

    Wiiflow r417

    1) Start your loader
    2) Insert your Wii game
    3) Go to the settings tab
    4) Navigate to the install tab and you are done.

    Usb loader GX 2.3

    1) Start your loader
    2) Insert your Wii game
    3) The loader will ask if you want to rip the game
    4) Press yes and you are done.




    Transferring games from your Windows PC to your hard drive




    Option 1 - Wii Game Manager



    Get Wii game manager here

    1) Create a folder on the root of your hard drive called WBFS
    2) Load up Wii game manager:




    3) Go to open - open .iso files (List A)
    4) Navigate to where your .iso files are




    5) Right click on the game title and click 'create .wbfs File(s) With Subdirectories - No Split (important - if the file is larger than 4gb then the file must be split)

    6) A pop up box will appear and you need to navigate to your WBFS folder that you created on your Hard drive and press ok:





    Option 2 - Wii Backup Manager



    Get Wii Backup Manager here

    1) Create a folder on the root of your hard drive called WBFS
    2) Load up Wii Backup Manager




    3) Go to the Add tab
    4) Select file and navigate to where your .iso file is located




    5) Tick the box next to the game:




    6) Select the Transfer tab and then WBFS from the drop down menu
    7) A pop up box will appear and you need to navigate to your WBFS folder that you created on your Hard drive and press ok:





    Option 3 - Wii Backup Fusion - windows 32bit



    Get Wii Backup Fusion here

    1) Create a folder on the root of your hard drive called WBFS
    2) Load up Wii Backup Fusion




    3) Select the load tab in the bottom left corner
    4) navigate to where your .iso file is located




    5) Click on the game then go to the transfer to image tab
    6) Change the directory to your WBFS folder on your hard drive
    7) Make sure the image format is Wii Backup File System Container (*.wbfs)
    8) Click ok








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    Last edited by angelsosa; 08-26-2012 at 02:52 PM.
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    I'm gonna try that procedure with the SD card.
    However if I go the route of a USB memory stick is there a compatibility chart for sticks?

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    Honestly, I haven't seen one yet that hasn't worked. Anything you have as long as it's USB 2.0/3.0 [3.0 w/ backwards capability] you should be quite good!
    [spoiler="Skeptical?"]Everytime I update u on a post, I download ALL of the files I need to help you install, and head straight to my wii to test them... I put my system at risk to help you out, so if I seem unsure, I'll get there... Don't criticize.
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    Hey Angelsosa you were right! That worked I bought a 16GB PNY stick now I can load games with WiiFlow.
    In the whole process I ended up loading a bunch of other programs like USB Loader GX and the like. Is there a way to remove those so I only have WiiFlow on my channels page?

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    1) Load your USB Stick and your SD Card into your pc, either simultaneously or one by one.
    2) Navigate to the folder named apps: USB/SDRoot:\apps\
    3) In this folder, the majority of the loaders are named by their folders accordingly.
    4) If you want only WiiFlow, delete all of the other file folders...
    *Note: If you ever want to install new wads (channels/forwarders) pay attention to the loaders you're removing
    - MMM = Multi-mod Manager, a wad installer, and all around good program, you might keep this
    - USB Loader GX, you might keep this in case you ever have problems with WiiFlow; it makes a great backup
    - Wad Managers, if you feel like you're done modding your wii for now, you might just delete these files; they're always available online
    5) Repeat the process on your other device as well.
    6) Report back on how that worked for you
    [spoiler="Skeptical?"]Everytime I update u on a post, I download ALL of the files I need to help you install, and head straight to my wii to test them... I put my system at risk to help you out, so if I seem unsure, I'll get there... Don't criticize.
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