I have a WiiKey 2 with fw 1.3.
I have Homebrew channel installed.
I can get a 500GB or a 1TB drive, I have the case and a small 300GB HD to try a test run to start with. SATA or IDE - any preference?
-Compatibility lists here and here.
I have a 1GB SD card.
So for a USB HDD loader newb, what do you recommend? (read through to the end first please)
Does the Wii have any drive size limits, I read that some have all the drive allocated, others with a WBFS Manager partition and a FAT partition for some files like cfg & gfx related matters as the best option?
-Some have had issues connecting to a pc using a full WBFS partition. In this case it's recommended to have a small FAT partition on the drive.
So what sizes would the partitions need to be - 450 & 50 GBs on a 500Gb? Or just have 1 large drive and go with an easy USB loader?
-Size generally doesn't matter ( in this case ), but if any problems arise try a larger partition. Always have the WBFS partition be primary and active. A guide for setting these up properly in Windows is in my sig below.
Does the Wii understand 2 x hard disks like a PC does - drive C & drive D for instance? Partitioned disks or disks in both ports?
-Depends on the app. Some recognize a FAT partition, others don't it depends on the function. Most usb loaders do recognize them now. Second question answered below.
What's the difference in the 2 x USB ports?
-The outermost slot is the only one that will recognize and utilize a hard drive. The inner slot is only for usb Wii peripherals (guitar, mic, etc.).
Does a USB hub work?
-Some people have gotten them to work, some haven't. Hit or miss.
Does 2 x external hard disks work on the Wii?
-Seperately but not at the same time.
I very much doubt I would ever need more than 100 games that I would need to play on the hard disk, so I reckon a 500Gb would be perfect yes?
-500GB would hold much more than 100 games when formatted WBFS.
I would like to install some EMUs & ROMs in due course, so does that stop me from using WBFS on the whole drive and would I be better going down a different USB loader route (an all FAT 32 formatted drive?) then to start with?
-You can format a FAT partition on the drive or, as most do, load them from the SD card.