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

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    @inferno - an error of that nature suggests some possible problems. One is something you already described-some drives have hidden files and even a hidden first partition that will cause conflicts. Another possibility if that HDD is older and previously used-make sure and run chkdisk /r in case of some bad sectors/clusters. Last, WBFS Manager is expected to re-format standard NTFS-formatted drives, but as yours is having some issue maybe try to reformat the drive or partition destined for WBFS use as FAT32 and try again. You could also make sure that your PC install of WBFS Manager is OK-maybe reinstall it. Good luck to you.

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    I'm not sure if this question has been answered yet, but I'll give it a shot anyway.

    By partitioning my Wii HDD, I'll be able to store my PC backup files (pictures, videogames, audio, etc) on my PC dedicated partition, and have my wii games on my wii partition, correct? I'd like to use my 1TB WD My Book for all my media.

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    @Sean-yes, information on partitioning is mentioned in this guide. The partition you create for the Wii, the WBFS-formatted partition should be the first partition and, as mentioned in the guide, designated as ACTIVE and PRIMARY. The remaining space on your HDD can be divided and formatted in the usual PC way. For Homebrew apps you will want a FAT32 formatted partition, this is the default format for that WD 1TB My Book HDD, I believe. If you intend to have files larger than 4GB you will also need to create an NTFS-formatted partition.

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    Hi ,
    I tried everything as per shadowsonic way and followed you guide simply word by word . I am running 4.2U. I can do everything EXCEPT I can not lauch any games from hard drive. I can see drive under wii USB GX menu , I can backup my games to hard drive. When I select game , I actuallu see its spining but when I click to lauch that games , my screen just turns blank thats it. I am trying since a week and I tried all possible combination. I am sure I am doing something minor stupid thing but please somebody help me to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
    .........., the WBFS-formatted partition should be the first partition and, as mentioned in the guide, designated as ACTIVE and PRIMARY..
    Can I just say, I had to reformat everything (housekeeping and issues with triiforce). I made the first one FAT32 and active and the second drive WBFS and not active of course.
    Everything works fine, and I even got triiforce to work now. Good luck to all.
    [ 4.0U ]-[ cIOS 38 r17 ]-[ Priiloader 0.3b (rev48)]-[ BootMii as boot2 ]-[ HBC 1.0.8 ]-[ WiiFlow 2.2 r414 ]-[ Triiforce MRC SS v10b ]-[ Savegame Manager GX r79 ] [UAE Wii/Snes9x GX/Wii64/SDL MAME Wii/DOSBox Wii/GxGeo ]

    It is said an expert is someone who has made all the mistakes. I don't want to be a Wii expert then..thanks to everyone at WiiHacks

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    Thanks for sharing your experience. We have also had cases where your setup failed because WBFS Manager didn't like being relegated to being the second partition. The WBFS partition settings, after initially being designated as Active and Primary, can be changed to accomodate the Triiforce requirement often without a problem. Happy to hear you have it working anyway.

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    Formatting HDD for Mac

    I had a lot of trouble finding this but if you use a mac use this guide from: http://sites.google.com/site/complet.../extra/wbfsmac

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    Erase and format a hard drive in Mac OS X 10.4 and earlier, or 10.5 and later

    NOTE: The drive will only have 1 partition and will only be able to read and write Wii data once it is formatted to WBFS with a USB loader. If you would like to be able to read and write non-Wii data following the partitioning instructions.

    1. Connect your USB device (external hard drive, SDHC, etc.)

    2. In the Applications folder, open Utilities, and then double-click Disk Utility.

    3. In the left column, click the drive you would like to erase and format.

    4. To the right, click the Erase tab.

    5. Set Volume Format to "MS-DOS (FAT)".

    6. When you're finished making changes, click Apply.


    Erase, format, and create 2 or more partitions in Mac OS X 10.4 and earlier, or 10.5 and later

    1. Connect your USB device (external hard drive, SDHC, etc.)

    2. In the Applications folder, open Utilities, and then double-click Disk Utility.

    3. In the left column, click the drive you would like to erase, format, and partition.

    4. To the right, click the Partition tab.

    5. In the drop-down menu under "Volume Scheme:", choose the number of partitions you want to create during the initializing process.

    6. Select the partition you want for the Wii. Adjust partition sizes by dragging the handles that represent the partition borders or by typing in the size.
    NOTE: If using USB Loader GX, the first partition must be the one for images and the second one for WBFS.

    7. Click Options. Select "Master Boot Record" and then click okay.

    8. In the drop-down menu to the right of "Format:" select "MS-DOS (FAT)".

    9. For the other partition(s), you may leave it at "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" [Viewable on a Mac or Windows with MacDrive] or also change it to "MS-DOS (FAT)" [Viewable on Mac, Windows, and Wii apps but 4GB file size limit].

    10. Name your partitions.

    11. When you finish making changes, click Apply.

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    I had stack dump errors after deleting games off hd.Games still show the wrong size in gx.
    Games load in 1 sec.Then l re-install the game-get freezes,and stack errors.Then when using wbfs manager to delete the game l get a"wbfs error"50 lines long.Game is then gone.

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    nice thread helped me out........silly Q time.......any games threads here or links to some pls ta if poss.

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    @rockitman - I have no idea where you have your HDD or Wii right now. If your Wii is playing original games and you have been able to check to status of your softmod by using maybe an SD card or USB flash drive with either USB Loader GX or another loader then check your HDD out. You will need to backtrack and check each aspect of your softmod and HDD setup as I'm not sure where you are with that right now.

    @rf79 - no direct links for pirated games are provided on this site. You can check in the Torrents Forum on this site for some information on where to get the ISOs you need to make backup copies of your original game discs.

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