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

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    You can do entire drive (differing partitions) in FAT32. You can do the entire drive in WBFS. NTFS at least on the Wii has relatively poor support. You can do FAT32/WBFS partitions on the same drive as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballazhall View Post
    I'll be purchasing an external USB HDD over Black Friday since that's when everything will be cheap. This is what I'm estimating, and I usually overestimate to be on the safer side. I'll probably need 200 games MAX in my lifetime. According to the post, I'm supposed to estimate 2.5 GB per game, but I'll estimate 4 GB for the safe side again. I also want to keep a lot of memory in for various school projects etc. Possibly 200 GB, since I mainly store Word and Powerpoint. 1 TB sounds good. I'm really confused on how to do this. Basically, I'm a n00b and don't even know the difference between partitioning and formatting. What should I do? Right now, I'm Guessing : 200 GB NTFS, 800 GB WBFS. Is this correct? I know I have to leave some space for FAT/FAT-32? Sorry for being so foolish. Can one of the mods tell me exactly what they would do in my situation ( I would prefer this over a reply of "It's your choice")

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    I never partitioned a drive before until a couple of days ago and it worked just fine following the instructions given here. I used a Maxtor one touch500 GB external enclosure that I use to back up my personal desktop and work laptop. I chose to create 1/8th of the drive for WBFS and the rest NTFS.

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayoung7227 View Post
    I never partitioned a drive before until a couple of days ago and it worked just fine following the instructions given here. I used a Maxtor one touch500 GB external enclosure that I use to back up my personal desktop and work laptop. I chose to create 1/8th of the drive for WBFS and the rest NTFS.

    Good Luck!
    Hey thanks man! I was also wondering if I also needed a FAT/FAT-32 Partition, and what exactly that did differently from NTFS. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballazhall View Post
    Basically, I'm a n00b and don't even know the difference between partitioning and formatting.
    Formatting a hard drive (or any disk) means it will erase all data on that device. It's like starting over with a clean slate. However, to go from NTFS to FAT or FAT to NTFS or NTFS to WBFS (I think you get the point?) you have to format the drive. This means if you have a 320GB NTFS drive with 250GB of Wii games and you format the drive to WBFS or FAT, you'll lose all the games. Unless you partition part of the drive first and then copy a few games over to the new partition. I'll explain what a partition is now.

    A partition is the same on a hard drive as it is in real life. It's a way to divide or separate something. If, for example, you wanted to partition your C drive on your computer. You could divide it up and have half of the drive be for the operating system and half of the drive be for movies, videos, documents. When you view the hard drive in "My Computer" or "Computer" it would appear as two hard drives.

    If you still don't understand the difference between format and partition, I suggest checking Wikipedia. It'll explain it better than I will.


    Hmm.. actually as I re-read that, I see that I didn't really get to the point I was trying to make with the partitioning bit. Check Wikipedia... I've been awake for 20 hours now and getting to the point where I can't think in a straight line.



    Quote Originally Posted by ballazhall View Post
    Hey thanks man! I was also wondering if I also needed a FAT/FAT-32 Partition, and what exactly that did differently from NTFS. Any ideas?
    All I can think of is the file size limitation. With a FAT partition the largest file you can copy to the drive is 4GB. Anything larger than 4GB and you'd have to break it down into 4GB chunks to transfer over. (This is the reason I use WBFS)
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    fat32 is an older file system and inferior to ntfs (not just in the file size limit way). it's more reliable and has less chance of corruption / data loss than fat32 in case of OS crashes etc. in case of use for the wii though, i can't see that being a problem.

    mine's formatted in wbfs

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    Hey there, newbie here. I might have a problem. Got everything to work, but then it didn't. As I'm within the USB Loader, my Wiimote doesn't respond. I can scroll left and right, and that's it. Everything appears to respond OK, but the buttons don't work. I can't confirm anything, open an game, or even get out to the Wii menu. I have to hold the power button to turn the system off (Reset doesn't work).

    What's going on? Did anyone else encounter the same problem? Any info would be great help.

    Thanks!

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    First-time posters are asked to make a quick "hello" post in the Introductions section of the site. Your post has gaping holes in it, and is not best-addressed within this given thread (this can be a softmod problem, for example). Best bet is (after making the post we ask you to) to start a new thread in the newbie section. Detail what softmod guide you followed, system menu/region, and whether this behaves in a similar manner via disc (as opposed to USB HD).

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    Hello ... i have one more problem. My USB Loader Gx has started working properly and i have installed 10 games and then i dont know what happen now its not working. when i star USE Loader Gx within 10 to 20 sec its show black screen with text error (Dumps) can you please suggest what should i do ...
    Need your help urgent
    Thanks a lot

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    IF you downloaded cover art delete the half downloaded images if it doesnt work delete the gx config files....

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    You might try a different version found here. I use r921 and I don't have any problems. Before you go through the trouble of that, you should check to make sure that your computer can see the games on the drive by using WBFS Manager or WiiBackupManager.

    edit: try Cile idea first

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