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    USB HD Setup - Advice?

    I'm fairly new to the Wii mod scene, and would like some advice from the seasoned users out there:
    I have a 4.1U mod'ed Wii (usbloader_gx, WBFS manager 3.0), and would like to add a USB HD to my Wii for playing games from backups.
    I have a spare HD kicking around, and figure I'll go out an buy a external case for it and voila!

    But do I have to switch the external HD from the Wii to my PC whenever I want to load a new game on it?
    Is there a more elegant solution (like Wifi, ftpii)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapcrusher View Post
    I'm fairly new to the Wii mod scene, and would like some advice from the seasoned users out there:
    I have a 4.1U mod'ed Wii (usbloader_gx, WBFS manager 3.0), and would like to add a USB HD to my Wii for playing games from backups.
    I have a spare HD kicking around, and figure I'll go out an buy a external case for it and voila!

    But do I have to switch the external HD from the Wii to my PC whenever I want to load a new game on it?
    Is there a more elegant solution (like Wifi, ftpii)?
    you need to plug it into your PC to use WBFS to put the game on there.

    The other option is to use USBloader GX to rip a game from DVD to USB.

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    FTPii Would be an awesome addition to the homebrew, it would be nice (but slower) to have it, for now WBFS manager and PC it's OK.

    Question, there's any software like WBFS for mac?

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    Yes apparently there is a WBFS manager for mac.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Thanks I found it Now I can use my Mac to load my games too.

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    You will have to format your hard drive to Fat32 format for your USB Loader or WBFS manager to recognize it, then format it to WBFS format. You will have to do it like the rest of us and use your Wii to rip the games to your HDD or take your HDD to your computer to install ISO's you may have on your computer. How would you get a game on your computer without first putting the game disc in your Wii to rip it to HDD?

    Some ppl report having problems using a HDD in an enclosure, I think it's best to use a USB HDD that is made to sit next to your computer, not a HDD that is made to be installed into your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stomp_442 View Post
    Some ppl report having problems using a HDD in an enclosure, I think it's best to use a USB HDD that is made to sit next to your computer, not a HDD that is made to be installed into your computer.
    Thanks for the tip Stomp. I figured i'f try out the enclosure first because they are so cheap.
    Wonder what the difference is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapcrusher View Post
    Thanks for the tip Stomp. I figured i'f try out the enclosure first because they are so cheap.
    Wonder what the difference is.
    Actually the difference is in the board that the enclosure uses (it cheaper and the performance is too low as well as the quality).
    Many Portable HDDs use the same HDD that you could use inside of your computer and backwards, so the important here is not only the HDD that you chose but the Enclose you are using, as long as the HDD is supported by the Wii you can use it, but you'll have to use a good enclose, not a $10 one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapcrusher View Post
    I'm fairly new to the Wii mod scene, and would like some advice from the seasoned users out there:
    I have a 4.1U mod'ed Wii (usbloader_gx, WBFS manager 3.0), and would like to add a USB HD to my Wii for playing games from backups.
    I have a spare HD kicking around, and figure I'll go out an buy a external case for it and voila!

    But do I have to switch the external HD from the Wii to my PC whenever I want to load a new game on it?
    Is there a more elegant solution (like Wifi, ftpii)?
    Snapcrusher,

    1. As Ghostyairo stated as long as the Harddrive is compatible with wii (check List - Forums Search top of page) can't make it too easy for you!
    Preferably a 7200 spin or if using 2 1/2 HD 5400 spin will suffice, with SATA connection as throughput is 1.5 or 3GB per minute instead of IDE 133MB. Make sure the enclosure is USB 2 compatable this will allow maximum throughput of 480mb per minute in ideal conditions.

    2. The easiest way to backup game to HD is by using a USB Loader /Forwarder like GX or there are others, this will backup most discs in about 10 - 15 minutes.

    3. The quickest way is by using WBFS manager and copying image accross, this does mean you have dissconnect and reconnect USB drive.

    I hope this explains things a little more thoroughly.
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    How do I set up my usb HDD for use with USB loader AND mPlayer?
    I'm tired of plugging and unplugging my 2 drives. . .

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