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Thread: Loading and Playing Wii Backup Games from USB HDD (softmod only)

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    Is it possible to dump wii games over a network (FTP) from pc to the ext hdd (WBFS formatted) thru the wii ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Wii Scrubber, Region killer and update remover

    Hi,

    This is my second official post and Iím sorry if itís not up to scratch but...

    I have searched and searched on the web to no avail, I recently cloned a friend of mines HDD in WBFS Manager and softmodded my wii thanks to the excellent guide by dogeggs.

    My Question is this. If I torrent an iso file do I just copy/convert it to my HDD disk with WBFS manager? Or is there some steps Iím missing.

    I have read allot of info around scrubbing and killing regions etc but donít know if itís necessary.

    My Wii is PAL, so if I download an NTSC game do I treat it different. Iím sure itís a quick answer but Iím probably not the only one with this dilemma

    Thanks again from down under
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    I have just installed wiiflow onto my SD card and its all working fine, downloading covers, playing games etc.

    Because i dont want to leave the SD card in the wii ( because of kids going onto the homebrew channel and messing around with wad manager etc, I have all my games now on HDD but i need to make a fat partition. If i try to shrink the volume to make a fat partition to install wiiflow to HDD, will i have to format the whole HDD and loose the games on it.

    many thanks

    seen a link somewhere about this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by welshti View Post
    I have just installed wiiflow onto my SD card and its all working fine, downloading covers, playing games etc.

    Because i dont want to leave the SD card in the wii ( because of kids going onto the homebrew channel and messing around with wad manager etc, I have all my games now on HDD but i need to make a fat partition. If i try to shrink the volume to make a fat partition to install wiiflow to HDD, will i have to format the whole HDD and loose the games on it.

    many thanks

    seen a link somewhere about this ?
    There are a number of partition managers that are used by our members to resize and create new partitions after the fact. I have seen no specific winner among these partition managers- I believe members have reported using Partition Magic, Swiss Knife, and Easeus. There are probably more. I didn;t use them myself, I used some command functions instead, but I'm sorry-I did it last year and have forgotten. I hope, at least, by mentioning the partition managers by name, you will have an easier search. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gak Rodgers View Post
    Hi,

    This is my second official post and Iím sorry if itís not up to scratch but...

    I have searched and searched on the web to no avail, I recently cloned a friend of mines HDD in WBFS Manager and softmodded my wii thanks to the excellent guide by dogeggs.

    My Question is this. If I torrent an iso file do I just copy/convert it to my HDD disk with WBFS manager? Or is there some steps Iím missing.

    I have read allot of info around scrubbing and killing regions etc but donít know if itís necessary.

    My Wii is PAL, so if I download an NTSC game do I treat it different. Iím sure itís a quick answer but Iím probably not the only one with this dilemma

    Thanks again from down under
    Gak Rodgers
    To play an out-of-region game, go to your loader settings-all the loaders have them whether NeoGamma or a USB Loader. First try at it is to set the FORCE video option to PAL-some loaders have several PAL output options-just try them all until the right one works (color and stable picture).

    Scrubbing and patching is seldom needed today as the HDD install removes the update partition and extraneous data bits and the loaders take care of the old region problems.

    Torrents for those game discs that are too damaged to be read by the Wii DVD Drive: Best handled on your PC HDD. Download torrent file and extract the Torrent-most often they are rar files-use WinRar, 7Zip, or even RarZilla as you please. The resulting intact .iso file can then be added to the Wii's WBFS-formatted HDD using WBFS Manager as described in this guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReZ13 View Post
    Is it possible to dump wii games over a network (FTP) from pc to the ext hdd (WBFS formatted) thru the wii ?

    Thanks in advance.

    ReZ
    Not games to a WBFS-formatted drive. It is possible to transfer the .iso files to a FAT or NTFS formatted drive or partition-some really patient members have done that and even managed to get some of the games working. It's often described as a slow process with all the annoyances associated with wireless transfer-odd blips, dropped packets all that stuff. Most just have tried for kicks and use the standard way for real.

    As Ifc4ever's posts indicate, it's just a matter of time for the better apps, improved scrubbing, and more experience working out the Wii's ability to consistently and reliably handle the .iso transfers directly and be able to play for hours moving from .iso to iso. It will happen, barring the ever changing Nintendo anti-modding moves.

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    Thanks for the speedy reply gen3sf,

    So i can be safe in the knowledge that I can play any ISO i torrent on my PAL wii without having to run it through brickblocker, regionfree and update killer. It should in theroy just work.

    Sorry but im keen to understand why? Would you have to follow a different process if you where burning it to DVD-R? What if i created an ISO for torrenting, would i need to change anything so it didn't run the risk of bricking someone elses NTSC Wii.

    Searching for the answers

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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
    Not games to a WBFS-formatted drive. It is possible to transfer the .iso files to a FAT or NTFS formatted drive or partition-some really patient members have done that and even managed to get some of the games working. It's often described as a slow process with all the annoyances associated with wireless transfer-odd blips, dropped packets all that stuff. Most just have tried for kicks and use the standard way for real.

    As Ifc4ever's posts indicate, it's just a matter of time for the better apps, improved scrubbing, and more experience working out the Wii's ability to consistently and reliably handle the .iso transfers directly and be able to play for hours moving from .iso to iso. It will happen, barring the ever changing Nintendo anti-modding moves.
    Just to add to that, you can now WiFi transfer wii scrubbed games from your PC to your FAT32 drive and play them from your USB Loader.

    For some reason, there is still confusion between full ISO and scrubbed & FAT32, FAT32 supports scrubbed games in a windows environment now. There is game managers that will do that for you, so you can easily WiFi over a 300MB game without too much hassle.

    So when you think of scrubbed games in a windows environment, you can just drag & drop to copy or move anything, and you can see the process visibly without it being hidden like WBFS does. And it does it directly from disk2disk bypassing the PC, unlike WBFS cloning.

    You can transfer from SD Card to your Wii FAT32 drive or to/from your PC or any way you want all from your WiFi connected PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gak Rodgers View Post
    Thanks for the speedy reply gen3sf,

    So i can be safe in the knowledge that I can play any ISO i torrent on my PAL wii without having to run it through brickblocker, regionfree and update killer. It should in theroy just work.

    Sorry but im keen to understand why? Would you have to follow a different process if you where burning it to DVD-R? What if i created an ISO for torrenting, would i need to change anything so it didn't run the risk of bricking someone elses NTSC Wii.

    Searching for the answers

    Thanks
    Gak
    The difference in why the brickblocker, regionfrii, etc apps are no longer needed is that other apps incorporated their functions - as mentioned the loaders all whether Neogamma-primarily used as a disc loader, altho capable of loading from USB HDD and SD, or any of the updated current USB Loaders all have the ability to play out-of-region games. Most often the FORCE video setting is all that is required to be changed to mach that of the Wii console, in some cases, Patch Video and VidTV settings need to be played with...and there are are few cases where some out-of-region game just won't play on an individual Wii-frozen green screen.

    For the USB HDD users, WBFS Manager removes a lot of extraneous crap, including the update partition.

    Preloader/Priiloader- has a number of hacks including one to block game update checks-that is useful for DVD game discs that contain the update partition.

    I cannot answer the question you posed that refers to the possibility of your providing illegal/pirated material to others. This site does not support or condone piracy; we do however, support Fair Use precepts and assist the owner in making backups of their own legally purchased games.
    Last edited by Gen3SF; 02-05-2010 at 06:11 PM.

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    yo i am so close, but it is unclear to me what step do I take next I have the 3 wads on my SD usb, cios222, & cios38. What do I install in what order so I can run games off my HD? I'm sorry but this guide does not say any steps on what to install on the Wii, it just says what to do on the PC and I got the game on the HD np.

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