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    NTFS Hard Drives - Formatting, Loading, Ripping, Playing - Redux

    A new guide is up and can be found Here...Link=NTFS Guide.



    Written by BRIAN

    You must have Waninkoko's cIOSx Rev19+ or Hermes cIOS 222/223 v4+ to use NTFS



    Mac/OSX specific instructions are a Work In Progress, but will be added soon


    [SPOILER="First Things First!"]
    First off, you must be fully and successfully soft-modded by following this guide:


    Please check the Compatibility Lists before purchasing a external USB hard drive:




    Also note:

    • By following mauifrog's Softmod ANY Wii guide, you can use any of the following cIOS: 222, 223, 224, 247, 248 or 250
    • If you do not have the required cIOS installed, see the cIOS Guide

    [/SPOILER] [SPOILER="The good and bad of NTFS"]
    The Good

    • No space wasted when compared to a WBFS file system as the partition can be shared for other duties
    • Can be used for storing your USB Loaders files, movies(WiiMC), etc.
    • Recovery tools/defragmentation choices are much better for NTFS
    • Can load files >4GB, i.e. ISO files
    • No need to convert ISO(s) into .wbfs, although you will save space if you do

    The Bad

    • Homebrew channel does not support apps on NTFS
    • NAND Emulation is not supported

    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="Setting Up Your External Hard Drive"]
    New Hard Drives
    -- Ready to use out of the box (all new hard drives come formatted already in NTFS, all you need to do is set the partition active through the appropriate program)
    [SPOILER="Setting the Partition Active"]
    Choose your specific OS
    [SPOILER="Windows XP"]

    • Click Start-Run and type the following in the run box, compmgmt.msc, click OK




    • You will now be looking at the Computer Management window, go down to Storage-Disk Management




    • Right-click on the HDD, click Set Partition as Active




    • When done, it should show that your new HDD is Healthy (Active)




    • Your HDD is now set Active, exit out of Disk Management

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Windows Vista/7"]Windows Vista/7

    • Click "Start" and type "Disk Management" in the Run box, hit ENTER




    • Next you will see this window




    • Right-click on the hard drive you want to set Active and click Mark Partition as Active




    • Finished! Exit out of disk management.

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Linux"]
    **Note: You must have ntfsprogs or ntfs-3g installed, obtain them from your distros' repositories as needed.**

    • Start GParted, and go to GParted/Devices and select the drive that needs to be set Active


    • Click the partition, right-click and click Manage Flags








    • Make sure Boot is ticked and click Close




    • Back at main program window, you see under Flags there is boot




    • Your drive is now set active, you can close out GParted and continue on

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Mac"]WIP[/SPOILER][/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="Used Hard Drives"]Used Hard Drives -- Click the spoiler of your corresponding OS
    [SPOILER="Windows XP"]
    • Chkdsk (Chkdsk.exe) is a command-line tool that checks volumes for problems. The tool then tries to repair any that it finds. For example, Chkdsk can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and directory errors. To use Chkdsk, you must log on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group. You can also run Chkdsk from My Computer or from Windows Explorer.

    How to run Chkdsk at the command prompt

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In Open, type cmd, and then press ENTER.
    3. Use one of the following procedures:
      • To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, at the command prompt, type chkdsk, and then press ENTER.
      • To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, at the command prompt, type chkdsk volume:/f, and then press ENTER.

        Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message: Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
        Type Y, and then press ENTER to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.
      • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, at the command prompt, type chkdsk volume:/r, and then press ENTER.

        Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message: Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
        Type Y, and then press ENTER to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.
      • Please use the /r flag on the used hard drive


    [SPOILER="Run Chkdsk from My Computer"]

    • Open the "My Computer" window


    • Right-click on the drive in question


    • Select the "Tools" tab, Error-checking, click Check Now


    • Check Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, click Start




    • Wait for it to finish and make note of any problems found, be prepared to let this go overnight if you have a rather large hard drive, it is extremely time consuming

    [/SPOILER][/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Windows Vista/7"]
    Run chkdsk from Computer


    1. Open the "Computer" window
    2. Right-click on the drive in question
    3. Click "Properties"



    4. Then select the "Tools" tab
    5. In the Error-checking area, click <Check Now>



    6. Next prompt will be this, check BOTH "Automatically fix system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors", click Start



    7. And let it do its thing, be prepared to let this go overnight if you have a rather large hard drive, it is extremely time consuming


    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Linux"]There is no chkdsk equivalent for Linux as NTFS is a non-native, proprietary file system. To check/verify a hard drive, get Hiren's BootCD, download it, burn to CD and boot it. Make sure the drive is connected to the computer. On boot up, choose the Mini Windows XP, it will load up, and after a few minutes, Windows XP will be available. Double-click My Computer, locate the hard drive and note it's drive letter. Close My Computer, then double-click Command prompt. At the DOS prompt, type <Drive Letter>: ENTER Example: C: The prompt should read the root of the drive you want to check, i.e. C:\> Then type chkdsk /r ENTER to run the chkdsk utility. Let it run its course, it is best to do this at night because it can take a long time to complete, depending on drive capacity. When complete, close the DOS window and restart the computer. All done.[/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Mac"]WIP[/SPOILER][/SPOILER][SPOILER="Formatting"]

    • You have several option to choose from when formatting a hard drive, from using built-in options of Windows XP/Vista/7, Linux and Mac and/or specific freeware downloads for your particular OS of choice

    [SPOILER="Windows XP Disk Management"]

    • Click Start-Run and type the following in the run box, compmgmt.msc, click OK


    • You will now be looking at the Computer Management window, go down to Storage-Disk Management




    • Right-click on the drive you want to format, click New Partition...




    • Uou will be greeted with the New Partition Wizard, click Next




    • Select the partition that you want to create as Primary partition, click Next




    • Specify partition size, set it for the Maximum size of the HDD, click Next




    • Assign your drive letter to the HDD, it can be anything you want, click Next




    • Format the partition with these settings: File Sytem: NTFS, Allocation unit size: Default, Volume label: Wii_HDD and check perform a quick format if you want, click Next




    • You will then see the Completing the New Partition Wizard, click Finish




    • You will be back at the Disk Management window, seeing that the HDD is formatting, let it run until finished


    • When finished Formatting, it should state Healthy




    • Right-click on the newly formatted drive, click Set Partition as Active




    • When done, it should show that your new HDD is Healthy (Active)




    • Your HDD is setup and Active, exit out of Disk Management

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Windows Vista/7 Disk Management"]
    Click "Start" and type "Disk Management" in the Run box, hit ENTER




    • Right-click on the hard drive that you want to format and click Format




    • You will the most likely get this prompt, click Yes




    • Your next prompt will be this, fill out accordingly and click OK




    • You will be prompted again to verify you want to format, click OK




    • Now sit and wait for the drive to format, when done you should see the drive as being Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)




    • If it does not show as being active, right click the drive and click Set Partition as Active


    • That's it, all done, exit from Disk Management.

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Linux"]
    **Note: To format a drive to NTFS in Linux, you must have ntfsprogs or ntfs-3g installed, obtain them from your distros' repositories as needed.**

    • Start GParted





    • Select your external by either going to GParted/Devices or just click the drop down window on top right





    • Click on unallocated in the graphic display area, then click Partition/New




    • Create new Partition window opens, follow the guidelines in pic below, when done, click Add




    • Then the main GParted window comes up, stating everything you want to do in bottom pane of program




    • Click the New Partition #1, highlighting it, and click the green check mark to Apply All Operations




    • You will get a Warning, click Apply




    • Let it do its thing, when complete, click Close






    • Once again you will be back at GParted main window, click/highlight your newly created partition, and then click Partition, then Manage Flags






    • Here is where we set the new drive/partition active, be sure to click the box for boot and then click Close




    • Once again, we are back at the main program window, and it list the new drive/partition under Flags as boot




    • Congratulations, your drive is formatted and set active now

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Mac"]Mac[/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Easeus Partition Master for Windows XP/Vista/7 - x86 and x64"]**Please backup any files that you may need or want to keep**




    • Install It

    Connect your External USB Hard Drive to your PC

    1. Open EASEUS Partition Master -- Start Menu > All Programs > EASEUS Partition Master 6.5.2 Home Edition > EASEUS Partition Master 6.5.2 Home Edition
    *or C:\Program Files (x86)\EASEUS\EASEUS Partition Master 6.5.2 Home Edition\bin\epm0.exe

    2.
    Under "Disk 3" you will see my USB Hard Drive Disk - (Notice - your Disk number may/will be different - Also notice that mine is already formatted)



    3. Right Click on the USB HDD you want to use and select "Delete" -- "Delete the Selected Partition?" Click "OK".
    • Do the same for ALL partitions on this Hard Drive ONLY
    • The Drive will now show as "Unallocated"



    4. Right click your now "unallocated" USB HDD and select "Create" -- Change the following Options :

    ***Notice: Using the recommended values will aid in diagnosing any problems you may have, until you are familiar with your Wii and it's operation, please try to use these.


    • Partition Label : Wii HDD --(Recommended Label -- Name it whatever you want)


    • Create As : Primary


    • Drive Letter : K: (Recommended Drive Letter -- Choose whatever letter you want)


    • File System : NTFS


    • Cluster Size : Default -- (This will be set Automatically)



    5. Size And Position

    Set The Following:

    • Unallocated Space Before should say "0.0 MB"
    • Partition Size : (Whatever size you want, in the example I used all available space)
    • Unallocated Space After should say "0.0 MB"
    • Click "OK"



    6. Set As Active

    • Right Click your USB HDD -- Click "Advanced" then "Set Active" -- Click "OK"



    7. Look to the bottom left hand side of the program. Listed under Disk Operations should be the steps to make your USB HDD ready to go for setup. In my case, 1) Set the Label for J: Wii HDD; 2)Delete J: on Disk 3; 3)Create K: on Disk 3; 4)Set Active Wii HDD K: on Disk 3.




    • Now Click "APPLY"




    • A new window will pop up informing you to "Apply Changes" and list the amount of operations are currently pending. If you want to click the box to "Shut down the computer after changes are applied" is up to you, otherwise, click YES.




    • Another window pops up and it is doing the operations you have made for it, see example. This process is particularly fast to do, so it shouldn't be a waiting game unless your computer is really slow.




    • When the program finishes you should get a pop up stating the the operations have been executed successfully!




    • Click OK. You are back to the program's main interface, exit the program, you are done!

    Congratulations, your HDD is now formatted to NTFS, move onto installing a loader[/SPOILER][/SPOILER][SPOILER="Installing Loaders and Forwarder Channels"]
    Note:
    To use these forwarder channels you will need IOS58, if not, the forwarder will kick you right back to the system menu or just hang. Please read the guide for IOS58 Installer and install the required file from the guide and come back! - alternate IOS58 Installer

    • Only Configurable USB Loader, WiiFlow and USB Loader GX work with NTFS hard drives.


    • You can launch Configurable USB Loader and WiiFlow from USB with a forwarder, no SD required. USB Loader GX has a bug in it that requires you to set all your user defined paths to SD card or you can possibly corrupt your data, so you need a SD card for GX until they get the bug fixed.


    • This will install a forwarder channel to your Wii system menu that looks for the boot.dol on the SD/USB. To replace it with a newer version, just overwrite the existing boot.dol, that's it!


    • Priiloader compatible forwarders are included if available.

    [SPOILER="Configurable USB Loader a.k.a. CFG Loader"]Configurable USB Loader

    current version used = 70

    Install only ONE of these forwarder channels with Wad Manager or Multi-Mod Manager



    If v9 doesn't work try v9b:






    Priiloader compatible dol:



    For cIOS222 Users -- Get THIS -- Extract to root of SD or USB and overwrite/replace when prompted - boot.dol only
    For cIOSx 249 Users -- Get THIS -- Extract to root of SD or USB and overwrite/replace when prompted - boot.dol only

    To boot Configurable USB Loader with a certain cIOS, edit the config.txt as follows:
    ios = XXX - Example: ios = 248

    **NOTE: Game installation on NTFS is disabled by default in CFG but can be enabled, edit config.txt or meta.xml and add these lines: ntfs_write = 1 and fat_split_size = 0**
    [SPOILER="Paths searched by these forwarders"]
    sd:/apps/usbloader/boot.dol
    sd:/apps/usbloader_cfg/boot.dol
    sd:/apps/usbloader/boot.elf
    sd:/apps/usbloader_cfg/boot.elf
    usb:/apps/usbloader/boot.dol
    usb:/apps/usbloader_cfg/boot.dol
    usb:/apps/usbloader/boot.elf
    usb:/apps/usbloader_cfg/boot.elf
    [/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="WiiFlow"]WiiFlow

    current version used: 2.2RC-1

    [SPOILER=d2x v7.1d]copied from WiiFloWiki:
    d2x v7.1d wad pack
    Installation

    If using the wad pack, make sure to install all of the wads. You can also install your forwarder channel at the same time.
    NOTE:With the lastest d2x cIOS intaller you can install IOS 236 too.
    If you are using the installer, make sure to install all bases, starting with ios 245 and the lowest available base, working your way up to 251 base 58, using IOS236 to do the install.
    In the first option you come in the intaller(cIOS Selection), it will choose automatically IOS 58 (AHBPROT) for you. If you don't have it , select IOS 236 and then on the following page where you actually install d2x, you select it like this:



    version: v7beta1d
    base: 37
    slot: 245

    Press A and wait for it to complete, then Press A again to continue.

    version: v7beta1d
    base: 38
    slot: 246

    Press A and wait for it to complete, then Press A again to continue.

    version: v7beta1d
    base: 53
    slot: 247

    Press A and wait for it to complete, then Press A again to continue.

    version: v7beta1d
    base: 55
    slot: 248

    Press A and wait for it to complete, then Press A again to continue.

    version: v7beta1d
    base: 56
    slot: 249

    Press A and wait for it to complete, then Press A again to continue.

    version: v7beta1d
    base: 57
    slot: 250

    Press A and wait for it to complete, then Press A again to continue.

    version: v7beta1d
    base: 58
    slot: 251

    After this Press B to exit.

    Be sure to delete gameconfig1.ini and gameconfig2.ini in /wiiflow/settings, all WDM files /wiiflow/codes/wdm, and also your /wiiflow/cache/lists folder!
    Note: These dol's are less tested than previous betas, but may very well be more stable than the most recent releases. The entire sound handling has been changed/rewritten and things seem to freeze up a lot less.[/SPOILER]

    Install only ONE of these forwarder channels with Wad Manager or Multi-Mod Manager

















    ---Mirror site for channel downloads is HERE---

    Priiloader compatible dol:



    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="USB Loader GX"]USB Loader GX
    **NOTE: Set all your user defined paths to SD card or you can corrupt your data! You have been warned.**

    current version used: 2.3

    Install this forwarder channel with Wad Manager or Multi-Mod Manager


    Prilloader compatible forwarder dol:


    For cIOS222 Users -- Use THIS -- Extract and rename to boot.dol, copy to SD:/apps/usbloader_gx/, overwrite/replace when prompted
    For cIOSx 249 Users -- Use THIS -- Extract and rename to boot.dol, copy to SD:/apps/usbloader_gx/, overwrite/replace when prompted
    For cIOSx 250 Users -- Use THIS -- Extract and rename to boot.dol, copy to SD:/apps/usbloader_gx/, overwrite/replace when prompted
    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Forwarder Installation"][SPOILER="Wad Manager"]
    Get Wad Manager and extract it to the root of your SD.


    1. Make a folder on the root of your SD and name it "wad"
    2. Copy the wad file(s) you want to the "wad" folder on the SD
    3. Start Home Brew Channel and load Wad Manager
    4. Click A to continue if you agree to the terms
    5. Select <IOS249>
    6. Press A
    7. Nand Emulation <Disabled>
    8. Press A
    9. Source <Wii SD Slot>
    10. Press A
    11. Navigate to the "wad" folder with wiimote D-Pad and select the wad file you wish to install, make sure arrow is on the wad you want to install
    12. Press A
    13. Select Action <Install Wad>
    14. Press A
    15. Installation starts - wait for a few - then it should state it has been installed
    16. A prompt shows to press any key to continue, Press A
    17. At this point, you can either pick another wad to install and start at Step 5 again, or press B, then press the Home button to restart
    18. Finished


    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="Multi-Mod Manager"]
    Get Multi-Mod Manager and extract it to the root of your SD.

    1. Start HBC
    2. Click Multi-Mod Manager (MMM) - Press Load
    3. Use D-Pad to go to WAD Manager
    4. Press A
    5. If you have a folder on the root of your SD named "wad" it should go there automatically
    6. Navigate to the wad that you want to install, hitting + enables batch installation of wads, so selecting a wad, hit + then go to another, hit +, etc...
    7. Press A
    8. Select File operation <Install>
    9. Press A
    10. Press A again to continue
    11. Wad installation begins
    12. Should get a prompt status saying completed successfully
    13. Press A
    14. Press B
    15. Press B
    16. Press B
    17. Press home to Exit
    18. Finished

    [/SPOILER] [/SPOILER][/SPOILER][SPOILER="Getting Your Games to the Hard Drive"]
    Using The Wii and a USB Loader to Copy Your Games
    [SPOILER="Configurable USB Loader a.k.a. CFG Loader"]
    1. Put game disc in Wii
    2. Launch CFG Loader
    3. Press + to install game
    4. Press A to Continue - Game Installs
    5. Press A to eject game disc
    6. If you have additional discs, put another game disc in, start at step 3
    7. Done

    To download covers

    1. Press 1 in main CFG Loader menu
    2. Click Updates
    3. Click Download Missing Covers and/or All Covers
    4. Done

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="WiiFlow"]
    1. Put game disc in Wii
    2. Launch WiiFlow
    3. If there are no games on the HDD, WiiFlow will state 'No Games Found', click Install
    4. If no prompt to Install Game, move pointer to lower left of screen and click the 2nd icon, the cogs
    5. Click right arrow, go to page 2, click Install Game
    6. You will get a prompt, click Go
    7. When finished installing, click Back
    8. For additional game discs, just click Install Game again
    9. Done

    To download covers

    1. from step 7 above, click left arrow, go to page 1
    2. Click download All Covers and/or Missing Covers
    3. Covers will begin downloading
    4. When downloading complets, click Back
    5. Click Back again
    6. Done

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="USB Loader GX"]

    1. Put game disc in Wii
    2. Launch USB Loader GX
    3. Click the + on lower left screen to install game
    4. GX will prompt you to install, click Yes
    5. Prompt again to continue install, click Yes
    6. Game Installation begins
    7. A prompt will state installation was successful, click OK
    8. Repeat at step 3 for additional game discs

    To download covers

    1. In main GX window, click 1
    2. Cover Download - tick the cover styles you want, then click OK
    3. You will get a prompt stating found missing images, just click Yes
    4. Covers begin downloading
    5. Promt stating that images have downloaded successfully, click OK
    6. Done

    [/SPOILER]
    Using Your Computer to Transfer Your Games to the Hard Drive

    [SPOILER="Playing the ISO directly"]To play the ISO without converting it to a .wbfs, just do the following:
    1. Create a wbfs folder on root of USB, i.e. USB:\wbfs
    2. Follow one of these naming conventions below for your ISO:
    USB:\wbfs\GAMEID.iso
    USB:\wbfs\Title_[GAMEID].iso
    USB:\wbfs\Title_[GAMEID]\GAMEID.iso - Recommended
    USB:\wbfs\GAMEDID_Title\GAMEID.iso
    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Windows"]
    [SPOILER="Wii Backup Manager"]
    Download Wii Backup Manager and install it.

    1. Have your external HDD connected to computer.
    2. Launch Wii Backup Manager, go to Options-Settings-FAT32/NTFS and set WBFS split style to Unlimited, Click OK. Setting it to Unlimited will not split the game, i.e.like for FAT32 drives, see #10 below. Also note that is you want to copy the ISO to play from the HDD, check Use ISO on NTFS drives under misc.



    3. Click the Files Tab - Add - Folder, navigate to where you have your game backups located (ISO or WBFS)





    Here you notice the game backups I have.

    4. Click the Drive 1 tab, and select the appropriate Drive Letter of your external HDD



    5. Next you will get a prompt stating that there is no WBFS folder, click Yes to create it.



    6. Go back to the Files tab, and click/check which games you want to transfer to your external HDD, then click Transfers - Drive 1



    7. At this time, your games are being copied to the external HDD, let it do its thing



    8. When copying is complete, you will come back to the main program window, click the Drive 1 tab, and you should see your newly copied games on the external HDD



    9. At this point, your are done, exit out of Wii Backup Manager and safely remove your USB
    hard drive from computer and go hook it up to the Wii.

    10. Note: Setting the split style to Unlimited, you will have 1 WBFS file for use on NTFS, I used
    SSBB for this example as it is a game >4GB, see pic below



    [SPOILER="Convert WBFS/ISO/CISO to WBFS/ISO/CISO"]

    1. Start Wii Backup Manager
    2. Under the Files tab, click Add-Files or Folders, navigate to where your WBFS/ISO/CISO game file is located
    3. Go to the Transfer tab, click WBFS/ISO/CISO, and navigate to where you want your output file saved to, click OK
    4. Let it do its thing
    5. All done, that's all there is to it for making WBFS/ISO/CISO files from WBFS/ISO/CISO files
    6. Remember, you can convert from any 3 of these file formats to the other, ISO to WBFS, ISO to CISO, WBFS to ISO, WBFS to CISO, CISO to ISO and CISO to WBFS

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Clone one drive to another"]

    1. Start Wii Backup Manager
    2. Click Drive 1 tab, for ease of use, make this drive the one you want to clone FROM
    3. Click Drive 2 tab, for ease of use, make this drive you want to clone TO
    4. Click the Drive 1 tab, click Select-Items not on Drive 2, this selects all the games on Drive 1 not on Drive 2
    5. Then click Transfer-Drive 2
    6. That's it for cloning one drive to another
    7. Or you can use Windows Explorer to Copy/Paste from one drive to the other

    [/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Wii Game Manager"]
    ***NOTE: I am using WBFS on the external HDD in the sake of saving space***
    Download Wii Game Manager and install it.
    1. Make sure you create a folder named 'wbfs' in the root of the USB HDD, USB:/wbfs
    2. Launch Wii Game Manager
    3. Click Options-Copy Options-Game Partition Only
    4. Click Game List A
    5. Click Open-Open .iso Files (List A) or .wbfs Files (List A)



    5. Now it list the game backup ISO you have



    6. Click Game List B, browse to the wbfs folder on the root of your external HDD
    7. Hi-light the games you want to install, right click on them, click Create .wbfs File(s) With Subdirectories-No Split



    8. Copying/converting begins to the external HDD, let it do its thing



    9. That's it!

    [SPOILER="Convert WBFS to ISO or ISO to WBFS"]
    WBFS to ISO

    1. Launch Wii Game Manager
    2. Click Open-Open .wbfs File(s) (List A)
    3. Navigate to your WBFS game
    4. Right click your game in main program
    5. Create .iso File(s)-gameid_gametitle.iso
    6. Navigate to where you want to save your output ISO, click OK
    7. Converting begins
    8. All done

    ISO to WBFS

    1. Click Open-Open .iso File(s) (List A)
    2. Navigate to your ISO game
    3. Right click your game in main program
    4. Create .wbfs File(s)-No Split for NTFS
    5. Navigate to where you want to save your output WBFS file, click OK
    6. If saving the new WBFS to a game HDD, choose Create .wbfs File(s) With Subdirectories-No Split
    7. Converting begins
    8. All done

    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Clone One Drive to Another"]

    1. Launch Wii Game Manager
    2. Click Options-Recurse Subdirectories
    3. Click Open-Open .wbfs Files (List A) or Open .iso Files (List A), whichever file type you are dealing with, make this the drive you want to clone FROM
    4. Click Open-Open .wbfs Files (List B) or Open .iso Files (List B), whichever file type you are dealing with, make this the drive you want to clone TO
    5. In Game A window, right click and Select All Titles Not in List B
    6. Right click again, click Copy To... (Create Subdirectories), navigate to the wbfs folder you want to copy the games to, then click OK
    7. Copying begins
    8. That's it for cloning
    9. Or you could use Windows Explorer to Copy/Paste from one drive to the other

    [/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Linux"]There is no known native game managers for NTFS drives under Linux, only wbfs formatted hard drives are supported at this time. So your only option is to install Wine and run either Wii Backup Manager or Wii Game Manager. Look under the Windows spoiler on how to use Wii Backup Manager and Wii Game Manager. Wii Backup Manager 0.3.8 build 61 confirmed working under Wine, only the cover art did not show/download, minor issue, but the loaders can get your covers anyways.
    [/SPOILER]
    [SPOILER="Mac"]WIP[/SPOILER]
    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="Game Cover Art"]
    All USB Loaders can download game cover art. If you do not have internet access on your Wii, then use www.wiitdb.com to get the covers you want.

    Paths used to store game cover art:

    Configurable USB Loader
    2D Covers - SD:/usb-loader/covers
    3D Covers - SD:/usb-loader/covers/3d
    Full Covers - SD:/usb-loader/covers/full
    Disc Covers - SD:/usb-loader/covers/disc
    -substitute SD for USB if storing them on USB

    WiiFlow
    Box Covers - SD:\wiiflow\boxcovers
    Flat Covers - SD:\wiiflow\covers
    -substitute SD for USB if storing then on USB

    USB Loader GX
    Flat Covers - SD:\config\images
    2D Covers - SD:\config\images\2D
    Disc Covers - SD:\config\images\disc
    Full Covers - SD:\config\images\full
    ***NOTE: Do not save anything to USB or you face data corruption!***
    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="USB Loader Settings and Guides"]
    Configurable USB Loader
    WiiFlow
    USB Loader GX
    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="Miscellaneous - Dealing With Archived Files"]
    To extract the archives found in this guide and other guides on WiiHacks, use WinRAR, WinZip or 7-Zip.
    On numerous occasions, you will see the guide stating to extract the contents of the archive to the root of the SD or USB. The root is the base directory of the storage device, i.e. C:\

    The example given here will be using WinRAR because that is what I prefer to use, I assume WinZip and 7-Zip are comparable:
    To extract archive to root of USB drive or SD card:

    1. Make sure you have your SD card in or USB drive connected to your computer
    2. Double click or right-click the RAR file
    3. If right-clicking, click "Extract files..."
    4. Extraction path and options window opens
    5. Navigate and select your USB drive or SD card
    6. Under Update mode, tick Extract and replace files
    7. Click OK
    8. If you get a pop-up stating Confirm file replace, click Yes to All
    9. That's it!

    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="FAQ"]Q. Can I load .iso or do I have to convert the ISO to .wbfs?

    A.Yes, you can load .iso's but there is no substantial point in doing so. By converting the ISO to WBFS you will save a tremendous amount of space on your hard drive, depending upon the game of course. The Wii Backup Manager and Wii Game Manager will convert from .iso to .wbfs automatically.

    Q. I see some of my games as .wbfs.tmp. What's going on?

    A. You do not have enough space on your drive to save the game properly.

    Q. When I load a game I get this weird error : cIOS249rev18-cIOS222v4-IOS223v4-IOS224v5 or higher required to load games from NTFS. Upgrade IOS249.

    A. You need to use Hermes cIOS 222/223 v4+ or cIOSx Rev 19+ to boot a NTFS drive.

    Q. Doesn't WBFS scrub the game to a smaller size? What's the point in NTFS?

    A. No, the file size of a .wbfs file will be approximately the same or slightly smaller than the same file on a WBFS drive. It uses the same compression method regardless of WBFS or NTFS. Using NTFS also lets you use the external for other duties, i.e. for backup storage for desktop, laptop, etc.

    Q. Can I install a game disc to a NTFS drive in .wbfs format?


    A. Yes, CFG, WiiFlow and USB Loader GX does this.
    [/SPOILER][SPOILER="Credit to the following:"]Cile and Krank for the original NTFS Guide and for any parts used in the new guide
    Cile - cIOS Wads Guide
    Ithian - WiiFlow Guide
    Krank - Configurable USB Loader Guide
    mauifrog - Softmod ANY Wii Guide
    Richardsito - USB Loader GX Guide and IOS58 Installer Guide
    Jiiwah, Benjay, Narolez - Forwarders

    CFG Loader - oggzee, usptactical, gannon,dr clipper
    USB Loader GX - dimok, nIxx, cyrex, hungip, giantpune, Neorame, wiishizzza and ardi
    WiiFlow - Hibernatus, r-win, miigotu
    Forwarder Source - Narolez
    Wii Game Manager - Ppcfatman
    Wii Backup Manager - Fig2k4
    wbfs_file.exe - Oggzee
    cIOSx - Waninkoko
    cIOS222/223 - Hermes
    [/SPOILER]



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    Done YAY

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    wohoo congrats
    that will come in handy for many people who want to keep their NTFS and data already on the drive.
    nice guide, good job

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    Yes good job guys, you might want to add that if the HDD is already formatted to NTFS they can just set it as active and go from there
    Damn I suck!!!!

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    mentioned it in the set up spoiler...

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    Sorry about that...one of the only sections I didn't read because it looked unchanged
    Damn I suck!!!!

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    Really nice. Actually had the idea of writing an NTFS guide as well, but you all beat me to it. Great work!

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    Much thanks, been looking for a guide like this and it's funny that this was just made. Quick question - so compared to a Fat32, with NTFS I can keep files larger than 4GB, convert wii files from .iso to .wbfs to save space, and keep other files on there (such as video files in .avi or .mpg for instance)? So.. why do people use Fat32 if NTFS seems like the more convenient solution (just curious)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenneth NooNoo Revis View Post
    Much thanks, been looking for a guide like this and it's funny that this was just made. Quick question - so compared to a Fat32, with NTFS I can keep files larger than 4GB, convert wii files from .iso to .wbfs to save space, and keep other files on there (such as video files in .avi or .mpg for instance)? So.. why do people use Fat32 if NTFS seems like the more convenient solution (just curious)?
    everything works with fat32 nand emulation,apps works with gx,wiiflow,cfg loader,uloader

    it was just recently made that you can launch the loaders of ntfs and save their config/folders only wiiflow and cfg have read/write support for ntfs

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    Ah ok. I'm still new to the Wii mod scene so I'm not too familiar with Nand emulation or what it is so I suppose that isn't a concern for me personally. I bought a 320GB Seagate Go HDD so it came as NTFS... so I can skip the formatting step?

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