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    Did you open WBFS Manager, use that to FORMAT the drive, then open up an ISO file and add it to your drive thru the WBFS Manager? And when you load WBFS Manager and then load your drive does it show a list on the left side of what games are on your drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgfan View Post
    Did you open WBFS Manager, use that to FORMAT the drive, then open up an ISO file and add it to your drive thru the WBFS Manager? And when you load WBFS Manager and then load your drive does it show a list on the left side of what games are on your drive?
    For some they do not wish to use WBFS as their choice, it's not the only way to install games on an external USB HDD, and if you read the thread he also tried that way.

    As it's your loaders, I would suggest it's an IOS problem, and you may wish to verify that you have indeed installed them as you suggest.

    Maybe someone with a better understanding of the IOS check will guide you on how to check what you have and if they are installed correctly?
    Please remember your manners - say Thank You if someone helped , it doesn't hurt

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    Is your FAT32 partition set as primary?

    Are you converting the ISO to WBFS format?


    If the ISO is over 2GB, does the loader support that?
    some of the earlier versions of the FAT usb loaders
    only supported 2GB file size. The latest usb
    loaders should support 4GB file size.

    Are you using the FAT version of the usb loader?
    I know that there is a FAT version of Configurable
    USB Loader so that's what I would use on a FAT
    partition. I don't know about the rest of the usb loaders.

    I found this at the usb loader cfg page (GBAtemp).
    The FAT support has raised a lot of repeated questions, so here's a FAQ about that:

    Q: Can it play .iso files directly?
    A: No. Only .wbfs files can be used. To convert from .iso to .wbfs use the wbfs_file utility.

    Q: Isn't FAT limited to 4GB file size but a game iso is larger than 4GB?
    A: Yes, that's why the files are splitted to 2GB or 4GB chunks.
    The files are named gameid.wbfs, gameid.wbf1, gameid.wbf2,...
    Similar to how the a .rar archive can be split to multiple files (.rar, .r01, .r02,...)

    Q: If FAT size is limited to 4GB, why is the .wbfs file splitted to 2GB chunks instead of 4GB?
    A: Because of the limitations in the FAT Library that is used (libfat).
    EDIT: the limitation has been solved in cfg v48 so now the files are split to 4GB chunks.

    Q: What about the file size, games on WBFS partition are scrubbed / compressed, will it take more space on a FAT partition?
    A: No, it will take the same space because the files are not in .iso format but instead .wbfs format, which uses the same scrubbing / compression method as on a WBFS partition, actually the file format is the same as the format of the WBFS partition. And to be even more accurate, the .wbfs files will take even less space, because the wbfs block size will be smaller too. (The size depends also on the selection which partitions are copied - all or only game)

    Q: I have copied the .wbfs files to my usb drive but the loader doesn't see them?
    A: The files have to be copied to the \wbfs folder on the FAT partition, like this: D:\wbfs\GAMEID.wbfs

    Q: Can I extract all the games from a WBFS partition to .wbfs files?
    A: Yes, use this command:
    wbfs_file.exe W: extract_wbfs_all D:\wbfs
    Where W: is your WBFS partition and D:\wbfs is the FAT partition on USB (or on local hard-disk)

    Q: How to convert all the .iso files to .wbfs files in one step?
    A: Open up CMD where your iso files are and run:
    for %i in (*.iso) do wbfs_file.exe "%i"
    If you write that in a .bat batch file then you have to use %%i instead of %, like this:
    for %%i in (*.iso) do wbfs_file.exe "%%i"

    Q: How long does it take to convert one game to .wbfs?
    A: Depends on hard drive speed and (scrubbed) game size. It should take the same time as copying a file. That means a couple of seconds for a game like WiiPlay which uses only about 100MB and a couple of minutes for games that take up 4GB...

    Q: Are there any GUI wbfs managers that support .wbfs files on a FAT partition?
    A: Yes:
    by pccfatman: Wii Game Manager - A GUI for wbfs_file.exe
    by fig2k4: Wii Backup Manager
    [/url]

    Q: Does running games from a FAT formatted SD / SDHC card work?
    A: No, not yet. Yes, added in version 49. Note however that SDHC compatibility is still bad when running with ios 222. Regular SD cards however should work fine.

    Q: What is the recommended cluster size when formatting FAT?
    A: It's not important - any size should work fine. But 32kb is a good choice as that size is aligned to wii disc sector size.

    Q: Is it possible to install a game from a dvd disc to a FAT partition in .wbfs format?
    A: Yes. Just press button + to install the game as usual.

    Q: Is there any advantage using FAT rather than a WBFS partition?
    A: No.

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    I have tried both fat32 and wbfs...for format..i did a complete format with guiformat to makeit fat32..the format with wbfs and also delete partition and format with wbfs all to no aval...please I need help....i can run backups from disc and neogamma say i am using 249 rev 14..and runs backups fine..so i don'tthink it is an ios problem..i am going to try my drive on another wii.....so lets hope something happens....

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    ok here is a quick update.....had a friend bring his new wii over to soft-mod.....drive works on his doing the exact same mod method as on my wii..only difference is his wii is a new lu64 version that doesn't read back-up dvds... what could be going on???

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    No one else have this kind of problem....
    i performed the exact same mod on both the lu64 loads right up and plays games..
    the lu59...loads backups from dvd but will not see the same exact drive....
    i have tried several 249 rev with the same result....
    i am about to just crush this thing...

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