The softmods are usually good enough to do anything that you'd want to do with it, you no longer really need a hard-mod anymore.
Our modding guide is the Softmod Any Wii guide, linked in my signature. After you've done so, and you have a system that is old enough to read backup media, you can use Neogamma that is included as part of chapter 3 to load the backup disks. Though we recommend USB loading. You don't have to worry about losing or breaking your backups. Just install the games to a hard drive and run everything from there.