Wii game iso's on NTFS hardrive?
I got loads of wii games and want to make an partition og 500gb on my 1tb external passport hdd, but then i have one question before i start.
Can i transfer over games even if they are WBSF? or do they HAVE to be in iso on ntfs drives?
format your harddrive in Fat32 and the games can be wbsf. That is what I have been using for a few years and working fine using usbloadergx.
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They can be .iso or .wbfs on either FAT32 or NTFS format. The big advantage to .wbfs is that more than likely they will be a lot smaller in size, saving a lot of space. There is no need to partition anything, games will play just fine without having a separate partition. Use a prog such as WiiBackup Manager to load them to your drive. It will automatically put the game in the correct folder with the correct naming convention, and also convert it to .wbfs if you wish.
FAT is more widely supported, but NTFS doesn't have the 4GB-per-file limitation. I've used both, but stuck with ext4 as 1) it doesn't have said file size limitation FAT does, 2) it doesn't fragment nearly as much as NTFS (actually, to the best of my knowledge there's no defrag tool for any version of ext), 3) I've been using GNU/Linux for years now and 4) most Wii software now supports ext (my emulators load ROMs from ext, all my Wii games are on ext, WiiXplorer never complains about it, etc.).
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With Wii Backup Manager that 4gb file limit makes no difference as the games get split in 4gb chunks (if needed) and the USB loader will automatically switch between them as needed, with absolutely no slow down or anything.
Originally Posted by asatbluesboy
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Oh, I forgot to mention I also backup my film/music DVDs and watch them on my Wii, and it would be a pain to have to shrink them to 4GB (not to mention the loss of quality). But it's good to know. Thanks.
Originally Posted by SNES_Master