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    Why does WBFS use less disc space for games than NTFS or FAT32

    My drive is in WBFS format and I wanted to make a backup of my backups on my hard drive in case it ever dies, but when I put the files on my PC every single game registers as a FULL 4.3GB? Example: I used WBFS manager to extract my Animal Crossing game which shows up as 0.36GB in WBFS manager, but when extracted to my PC NTFS hard drive it shows as 4.3GB

    Is there a way around this? Thats a lot of extra space that I don't have, hopefully this makes sense and there is a way around it.

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    You can do two things:
    1) Convert the .iso to a .wbfs file
    2) Scrub the .iso and then zip it
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    Thats what I needed to know, THANK YOU. I think I'll just format the PC hard drive to WBFS

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    No No No I cry, you must not get confused between WBFS formatted drive, and the file format WBFS, you can save the smaller file onto an NTFS or Fat32. Yes the ISO file is full 4.37gb. used for burning. But if you just want to save backups of your backups. make a folder on your PC called wbfs, then use wii game manager to copy them over. If you formatt your whole pc drive you may wish for a new PC at Christmas.

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    Fat32 = NTFS =

    WBFS formatted HDD like GrandPa lol


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    I know I can't format my main hard drive as wbfs, I have another hard drive that I was going to use for this.

    As for using the game manager to copy the backups, I've used WBFS manager and that didn't work, so what game manager will copy them over in their smaller format?

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    I'd use a fat32 or NTFS formatted hdd. You can shrink your games iso to wfbs format and these will work from ntfs or fat32 formatted hdd.

    The reason it is better to use a fat32 or ntfs hdd is because you don't waste any space on the hdd because all of it is usable for differnet purposes i.e. wii games/films/other data


    Any how take a look a wii backup manager..
    Last edited by narse1979; 11-08-2011 at 12:05 PM.


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