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    What are the benefits of partitioning my usb hdd?

    I've bought a 320gb my passport and a 32gb sd card. I keep reading about partitioning your hdd but why? I'm not against it I just want to know what i should be putting on the FAT32 partition instead of the sd card.

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    One example could be if you partition part of it to load wii games, the other partition could be a fat version for windows with music and other normal external hard drive types of use.

    I'm talking about the hdd. Not the sd card.

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    If you are going to be using the hard drive for playing backup games on usb loader then the hard drive will need to be formatted to WBFS. when you do that the hard drive will be useless for any other purpose (until you format it again). If you partition it then you can use part of the hard drive for Wii games and part of the hard drive for everything else, movies, family guy, cooking recipies ect ect ect. Is good to do as then you can have music and videos on your hard drive to to watch on the wii

    you have a smaller hard drive and a pretty big sd card so i can see why it seems redundant to you.

    I have a 1TB hdd and 1gb sd card. so my sd card is full just from apps and wads but my hard drive is practically empty and 800gb would be going to waste if i dedicated the whole thing to wii games.
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    So if i just want to use that hdd for wii games there's no need for a partition? All my apps/wads are better suited on the SD card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiiPanda View Post
    If you are going to be using the hard drive for playing backup games on usb loader then the hard drive will need to be formatted to WBFS. when you do that the hard drive will be useless for any other purpose (until you format it again). If you partition it then you can use part of the hard drive for Wii games and part of the hard drive for everything else, movies, family guy, cooking recipies ect ect ect. Is good to do as then you can have music and videos on your hard drive to to watch on the wii
    I have plenty of hdds streaming through out the house for movies and music. I just want this my passport for the wii backups.

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    thats fine

    absolutely no need to partition the drive, will suit you perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiiPanda View Post
    thats fine

    absolutely no need to partition the drive, will suit you perfectly.
    Excellent, thanks for the info.

    *On a side note, the other day i tried to update my usb loader gx from r807 to r838 and after the update usb loader was nothing but black screen with a bunch of lists of numbers. I just deleted the folder and used the backup of r807 from my computer and everything works again. But now im afraid of updating to a newer version. Is it something else that might be out of date that would cause r838 to do that?

    Thanks again

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    The only other thing would be if you wanted to run emulators and store the roms on the USB drive. though with a 32GB SD it shouldn't really matter as you can store plenty of roms on that as is.

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    iono, looks like its just a personal decision lol, i run my passport 320gig split with 190gig for wbfs and used guiformat to format the rest to fat (since windows by default won't let you, only exFAT and NTFS) then i copied my whole sd card to the fat side and all my apps run of it plus a backup of all my small utilities i might need. that way i'm only dealing with one drive, instead of a drive and a sd card. but i do still keep a backup on sd card in case i need to use my hd for sumthin else, i can just pop it in. i know you can't keep backup of your iso's on there but y would you need to when you have them all on the wbfs side? in whole just a lil more efficient dealing with the one drive lol

    ...update: had to add if you absolutely want to keep the ISO format as a backup on that FAT partition as well, just make a split up *.rar archive so u can get around the 4gig limit and still get them on it.
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