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    Quote Originally Posted by lennie paz View Post
    I have a 250gb Simpletech external HDD.I have some files on there that I don't want to delete and I would still like to be able to use it for adding other files as well.Is it possible to set a partition for the files I want to keep plus leaving a few GB's for other files and use the rest of the free space formatted for Wii games to be played on the Wii?
    Yes, but you don't need to.

    If you wish to leave your drive alone and just run games from an external NTFS drive (I'm presuming it is NTFS btw?), then with the right USB launcher on an SD Card and the right WBFS Manager, you can drop your games onto your current drive and still play them ok, saves the possibility of losing your current data.

    There are other options, multiple partitions thereby keeping it all separate, FAT32-WBFS-NTFS all on the same drive, FAT32 for all the USB launchers & HBC stuff, WBFS for all the Wii Games, NTFS for all your PC stuff.

    If your data is important though, I would back it up to DVDR or back to your PC if you intend to use the drive for Wii stuff, yo just never know what happens when pluggin & unplugging USB drives between machinery will do - but one thing is for certain, it will fail sooner or later.

    You need to decide or ask more on what options you prefer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lfc4ever View Post
    Yes, but you don't need to.

    If you wish to leave your drive alone and just run games from an external NTFS drive (I'm presuming it is NTFS btw?), then with the right USB launcher on an SD Card and the right WBFS Manager, you can drop your games onto your current drive and still play them ok, saves the possibility of losing your current data.

    There are other options, multiple partitions thereby keeping it all separate, FAT32-WBFS-NTFS all on the same drive, FAT32 for all the USB launchers & HBC stuff, WBFS for all the Wii Games, NTFS for all your PC stuff.

    If your data is important though, I would back it up to DVDR or back to your PC if you intend to use the drive for Wii stuff, yo just never know what happens when pluggin & unplugging USB drives between machinery will do - but one thing is for certain, it will fail sooner or later.

    You need to decide or ask more on what options you prefer.
    My HDD is NTFS and I would like to leave my other files on it.Can you tell me what I need to do to use the HDD that way?So basically,I would like to use the drive for storing personal files and be able to use it on the Wii with game isos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennie paz View Post
    My HDD is NTFS and I would like to leave my other files on it.Can you tell me what I need to do to use the HDD that way?So basically,I would like to use the drive for storing personal files and be able to use it on the Wii with game isos.
    As long as you have backed up, then here is what is required:

    This will be your game manager for getting games on & off the drive:

    Wii Game Manager - GBAtemp.net

    These will be your USB Launchers of choice as they (and only they) can handle NTFS Drives:

    Configurable USB Loader - GBAtemp.net

    News (USB Loader GX)

    Now obviously they will have to be launched via HBC apps on the SD Card.

    Obviously start with 1 game and 1 loader and take each step from there, but if you take your time and get to understand the process, then it will all be straight forward.
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    Problem

    i have a lacie 500 gb hard drive. i partitioned it and have it part 1 (E)type:NTFS, size:368.01gb, set as:Active and Primery. part 2 (A) type:FAT32, size:97.66gb, set as:None and Primary

    when i go to use wbfs manager i get this error message; An error accured while attempting to format the drive.

    What do I do?
    Last edited by DJ2K; 01-30-2010 at 01:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ2K View Post
    i have a lacie 500 gb hard drive. i partitioned it and have it part 1 (E)type:NTFS, size:368.01gb, set as:Active and Primery. part 2 (A) type:FAT32, size:97.66gb, set as:None and Primary

    when i go to use wbfs manager i get this error message; An error accured while attempting to format the drive.

    What do I do?
    That's a large portion of the drive to be formatted to FAT32 if you wish to have a WBFS partition as well, although there is no need.

    So let's get down to the nitty gritty,

    What do you wish to achieve, some or all of the drive for your Wii? Or is some for your PC too?

    What OS are you using on your PC?
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    so close i can taste it...

    Quote Originally Posted by lfc4ever View Post
    That's a dangerous game, as WBFS is not a windows native OS it can be extremely hazardous to change partition sizes later, best to get the partitions done properly from the off.

    What size of drive do you plan on getting, and what is it going to be used form only Wii or other things too?



    Nope, best to get it partitioned (without formatting at the partitioning stage) with a small partition for FAT32 and the largest partition for WBFS, when you have the sizes right, then format.
    okay i couldnt find a WD HDD, so i settled for a Seagate expansion ST305004EXY101 - 500GB,
    i down loaded the two files but i have a 64 bit so... i seen a chap earlier mention that he had a link to a partitioner that will work with 64 bit (can i get that from someone?)
    so this is what i think i shud do and you gimme some suggestions
    1st partition about 50GB FAT32
    2nd partition WBFS

    i have not partitioned it yet because the easeus link was no good for me (it was for 32 bit)
    all i wanna do is run my game that i have ready (from down load- they are ISO and 4.37? or so GB) on my Wii
    i found a demo of the easeus (64 bit) on download.com but it wouldnt let me partition because it was too limited?? (i dont know why)
    any help is appreciated immensely

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfc4ever View Post
    That's a large portion of the drive to be formatted to FAT32 if you wish to have a WBFS partition as well, although there is no need.

    So let's get down to the nitty gritty,

    What do you wish to achieve, some or all of the drive for your Wii? Or is some for your PC too?

    What OS are you using on your PC?
    Well im trying to have a the larger portion to have the games and the smaller one is there cause it was part of the tutorial

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    Here's an exact repost of what I just posted in another thread, it answers you both very well I think:

    http://www.wiihacks.com/wii-custom-s...tml#post291247

    The problem with just having it read ISOs is they are large, most times twice as large as the game data, and with them being over 4GB then you need the NTFS partition, which means still having a FAT32 partition or using a large SD Card all the time for loaders & HBC stuff.

    For me, if I was to start over, then I would do this:

    If it was a new drive, single FAT32 partition.

    This will be your game manager for getting games on & off the drive:

    Wii Game Manager - GBAtemp.net

    Here are other alternatives that will use the ISO as the base and scrub them to your drive of choice:

    WBFS Managers - WikiTemp

    USB Loaders of choice for me would be:

    Configurable USB Loader - GBAtemp.net

    News (USB Loader GX)

    Although you can have a look here to see which suits your purpose:

    USB Loader Releases - WikiTemp

    Along with what was posted above, you won't need a slow SD card for you launchers or covers or anything else, you can do allt he HBC stuff straight from the FAT32 drive - win-win.

    If you are lost and can't find a tool to do what you want, please post to say so, getting this right first time is always best and you won't have to look back, but read the threads (and this thread) all the way through to ensure you make your own mind up and you follow your path, help & advice is always that - only advice not an instruction
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    I figured it out before your post but thx. one other question. I have an SD card in the sd card slot on the wii. everytime i remove it the homebrew channel loads with nothing appering afterwards the load. can i do it in a way to load this stuff off of the hardrive by its self and have no sd card inserted? And how can i load wad files onto the wii without the zelda game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ2K View Post
    I figured it out before your post but thx. one other question. I have an SD card in the sd card slot on the wii. everytime i remove it the homebrew channel loads with nothing appering afterwards the load. can i do it in a way to load this stuff off of the hardrive by its self and have no sd card inserted?
    Copy all the contents of the SD Card onto the FAT32 drive, you may have to change a few option in loaders to get it to go to USB drive automatically, but that takes a minute or two and saves loads of hassle and no SD card is needed thereafter, and all your HBC Apps can be run from USB by telling the HBC to use USB, press 1 or 2 - can't remember but it's one or the other and switch to USB.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ2K View Post
    And how can i load wad files onto the wii without the zelda game?
    Someone more qualified than I will have to answer that, sorry.
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