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    Can I just format my HDD to WBFS via WBFS Manager without making partitions, because I don't want to watch movies, listening to music or anything similar. I just want to play games, and SD card has enough memory to place covers. If I just format to WBFS do I need to set Primary and Active because I only have one partition?

    P.S. If I make 40 GB NTFS partition and 40 GB FAT32 partition, can I use them to place some files from computer which I don't need for Wii?
    P.P.S. I'm sorry if this is already posted, I cant read all those pages

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson1415 View Post
    Taking your advice, I prepared myself to be patient, but shockingly, the first SATA enclosure drive I tried worked flawlessly! I have only tried WiiFlow 249, but that's good enough for me! Thanks again for all of your assistance!
    Nice how that worked out for you. If you hadn't been prepared to be patient, then probably all heck would have been turned loose. That's great that you have a working HDD, now. Enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaol View Post
    Can I just format my HDD to WBFS via WBFS Manager without making partitions, because I don't want to watch movies, listening to music or anything similar. I just want to play games, and SD card has enough memory to place covers. If I just format to WBFS do I need to set Primary and Active because I only have one partition?

    P.S. If I make 40 GB NTFS partition and 40 GB FAT32 partition, can I use them to place some files from computer which I don't need for Wii?
    P.P.S. I'm sorry if this is already posted, I cant read all those pages
    @Elaol - you can use those NTFS/FAT32-formatted partitions as you wish. A number of members are like you in having access to only 1 HDD that has to serve their needs for the Wii and PC. No problem-if you plan to plug and plug that HDD from the Wii, you might consider getting a USB extension cable to reduce the wear and tear on the Wii's USB port. The Wii is not the sturdiest of machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvfung View Post
    I just followed the steps above, but when I load my USBloader in my Wii, I don't see those games cover images. How to upload my games cover image to my hard disk?
    Hover your WiiMote over the blank image of the game box and click when you see the message about downloading the coverart. If you will be holding those images on the hard drive, don't forget to change the custom paths in the USB Loader GX menu.

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    Hello. I got a problem.
    I used messie's guide to softmod my 4.2 wii, and it worked.. Have been playing different games through NeoGamma on burned dvd's.

    But then I try your guide, follow it, formatting my HDD plugging it in and so on.. When I load USBloaderGX on my wii, it says that I only have 0.2 gb free and if I do try to look around in the menu and so on in USBloader it sometimes randomly crash, showing a black sreen with a lot of white text (mostly numbers) and at the same time makes a wierd noise that I don't think are healty for my wii... I then reset the wii and everything is back to normal..

    I use a Western Digital 1TB HDD - WD10000H1cs - 00 which should work.
    softmod my 4.2 wii - Does work (neogamma and other works)
    your guide, formatting the HDD and so on..
    Still runs the things from the SD which is ofc plugged in.

    Any idea why it says I only got 0.2gb and why it randomly crash ?

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    Last edited by Ramong; 06-05-2010 at 10:11 AM.

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    Hey guys,
    1st thanks again for all the help anyone could ever need hackin wii's.
    However I am having a prob. ... I was using the "update your old softmod" tut. and I did not realize I wasn't supposed to run preloader on 3.2 (I was rushing) so I did
    could only load preloader....SM was corrupted

    Found a guide to let me reinstall Hackmii programs like HBC,dvdx ... etc again
    All is up and good except now I get BAD results from my HDD laoders
    They either dont load at all or freeze up during loads between screens a few minutes in to the games

    I had previously partitioned the HDD with the WBFS up front and checked that the hp smartsave was compatable w/ the wii and all was well before I did the updates.
    I am kinda new @ this and have done 4 successfully but seem to have F'ed up my own now trying to update it...LLS

    BTW it plays games on disc thru neogamma NP.... my daughters been playing SMG2 for hours on DVDR no problem

    Thanks again all and Im Lovin this whole scene

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    Should I be able to rip discs directly to the WBFS partition using USB Loader GX? It just hangs. What I can do, though, is rip them to the FAT partition and then (from my PC) use Wii Backup Manager to pop them over to the WBFS partition and then they play fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3sf View Post
    Mario Kart Wii uses 2.63GB of space on a WBFS-formatted drive/partition. Because the IOS used by that game to load and play is unlikely to be missing from your Wii, I suggest you uninstall the game and reinstall it again from your game disc. It is likely that the game ISO copy is corrupted or did not install well.
    Thanks, I downloaded another iso and it worked but I have another question; I sometimes get a little lag from the game. Can I do anything about it?

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    Awesome guide, thanks!

    My only suggestion would maybe be to emphasize that the USB HD needs to be plugged in when the Wii is off in the OP. It gave me some problems because I hadnt reset my Wii since installing the USB loader channel.

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    I just want to add something to this great post and that is about WBFS Manager and whether anyone knows if there are any plans to cater for more than 500 titles in the future? Handy to know so that you can plan ahead before buying hardware.
    [ 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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