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    wii manager drive to drive transfer

    hi im looking for advive on transfering games from one ext hdd to another via wii manager. i have 142 games on drive x and want to copy them on to drive y. if i select all the games and try to transfer them it is saying an ETA of 9 days. if i do it on an individual game its still just under an hour. ive watched a video of someone doing it and it took about 30sec (unedited video). is this normal or is there something i can do to speed up the process. also if i transfer the games is this the same as copying will the games still be on the other hdd or not???????
    Any help will be much apreciated thanks

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    Well, for 142 games it's definitely going to take longer than 30 seconds. Let me make sure I understand this correctly.

    You have an external usb drive X, which is formatted to FAT32 and contains 142 games. You want to move them to usb drive Y which is formatted to FAT32. They're both plugged into your Windows computer at the same time, and you're trying to copy from one to the other with no intermediate steps, correct?

    I assumed the drives were FAT32, but since you mentioned Wii Manager, I have to ask. Are they FAT32 or WBFS?

    With FAT32 drives, you best option would be to copy everything from drive X to your computers hard drive, and then copy them from your computer to drive Y. I did this and it worked flawlessly. I'm not sure if that would be an option with WBFS drives. The problem with usb drive to usb drive copies like that is the main bottleneck is the USB 2.0 interface. Since you're pushing all those bits of data up and down that pipe at the same time, you're effectively cutting your throughput in half (actually it'd be less than half, due to overhead processing and whatnot). Plus, if you ARE using a WBFS drives, you're computer is going to be doing a LOT of processing to make that happen, since it would have to convert those files to NTFS and then back to WBFS (I'm assuming, not 100% sure on that).

    You can always look into utilities such as EaseUS Disk Copy (Free Hard Disk Copy/Clone Software for PC & Server Hard Drive. Disk clone, disk backup, disk image and partition copy freeware.), although, I'm not sure if that would work for WBFS filesystems. Being that it can do a sector-by-sector copy, it should be able to.

    At any rate, the ETA for file transfers is largely speculative. The computer will likely report elevated numbers while it's indexing the drive and preparing to copy. I bet, once the files actually begin transferring that time would drop significantly.Personally, I would give it a go and let it chug away all night; it should be done by morning. I remember doing that with modem transfers at 14.4K using the ZModem protocol... now those were the days.

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    For wbfs formatted hard disk, use Wii Backup Manager to clone the whole disk, say 150 games, may take 3~4 hours.
    For FAT formatted, plug both hard disks onto PC motherboard conn(sATA), copy the whole thing in much shorter time, but not as quick as 30 seconds.

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    Thanks for your replies guys.

    Yes both Hdds are Fat32. my laptop wont open the original Hdd(X) unless via wii manager or WBFS manager. it just says i need to format it before using it, unless i load it through one of the mentioned managers. hdd(y) isnt recognised via wbfs manager it just says not formated to wbfs. both work fine via wii manager. the other problem i have is my laptops memory is more or less full(red) so not enough room to copy them to the desktop unless 1/2 at a time which i aint doing.
    ill maybe try and do it in 2 stages half one night the rest the next. what should the average mb/s be when transfering also do you know if ill end up with the games on both HDDs or will it move them from one to the other. thanks again

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    btw i know it'll take longer than 30sec. lol it must of been an extremely small game that was shown in the video haha.
    i thought it might take a cpl of min per game, when i loaded them on from disc they took no longer than 10/20 min per game


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