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    Quote Originally Posted by Hink View Post
    Hi

    Not 100% where do post this.

    I used WBFS Manager to copy my wii games to my harddrive, a WD Essential 1.5tb and I started with new super mario bros, silent hill and avatar just to see if it works. After that I plugged it back into the wii and started wiiflow and I could see the games there but when I tried to start one of them it just took me back to the wii menu. So I tried to install super paper mario from a cd instead, after the install I ejected the cd and went to the game menu or w/e you want to call it and tried to launch it and that worked without any problem.

    Any idea on how I can get the other games to work?

    Edit: Just fyi I have wiiflow on the sdcard and not on the hdd.
    GAF's Wii Homebrew Tutorial: Usb Loader

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johno69 View Post
    Partition your drive to less than 1TB and you'll be fine. I know that USB Loader GX cannot work with partitions larger than 1TB, so I can only assume this could be your problem too.
    Ok, i'm going to try that. But why does super paper mario work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hink View Post
    Ok, i'm going to try that. But why does super paper mario work?
    use CFGLoader, it's updated more frequently, supports a LOT more games, and has much better support

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    Thanks Johno69, that fixed it.

    And ty for the tip wulfie, wiiflow couldnt start new super mario.

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    Thanks Johno69, that fixed it.

    And thank you wulfie for the tip, wiiflow couldnt start new super mario.

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    Thanks for the great tutorial. It is working great. I am doing this on my Wii as well as my brothers. I have come across 1 small problem you may be able to help me with. My brother has a nice 500gb WD passport portable drive. I however am using a 500gb seagate drive inside of a generic USB case (sata). Now I have both drives and I am testing this on my wii before I touch my bros. I am using the latest version of USB loader gx

    So I pop in the new Super Mario Bros game, attach the WD passport drive, rip the game to the drive and the game plays no problem. Then I try the same process on my hard drive (the seagate) and it begins to rip, gets to around 42% or so and then says complete. The game does not play. I just get a black screen.

    When I bring both drives to my computer the ISO on the WD drive shows as being 0.36GB where as the ISO on my hard drive shows as being 3.38G.

    So why is mine not working and why is my file size so much bigger? Is it just that my USB controller is not compatible? The wii does see the drive so I figured it would work. 2 other drives I had would just cause a black screen when attached to the wii and USB loader was started so I know those don't work but my drive allows me to get into USB loader, and rip a game. I see it on the list and even download the cover art. Any help would be great. Thanks

    EDIT: I read a post earlier in this thread that mentioned if you use a desktop hard drive in an enclosure, those drives tend to spin down which will cause problems. Could this be my issue?
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    hi guys thanks for this guide its awesome.

    just a few quick questions.

    i plan to use my 1TB external WD drive to do this with and am just wondering what size partition i should create?

    i have about 250gb free at the moment and have about 110Gb of games. would around 40-50gb be fine to fit all those games once there shrunk down?

    also im currently using Configurable USB Loader which is on a 1gb SD card in the wii and its all setup with homebrew and the CFG usb loader as a channel.

    once i have followed this guide is it as simple as just loading CFG usb loader channel and it will detect my drive and i can select games from there?

    i just want it as simple as possible for my kids/missus to use.

    also one last question, the drive i want to use it on has tv shows on it, if there on a seperate partition they wont get affected at all by attaching the drive to the wii will they?

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    WBFS Mgr can handle a partition up to 1TB in size. The WBFS partition must be designated as Active and Primary. The other partitions from which you run your movies, TV shows, etc will not interfere with the WBFS partition, if it was set up correctly.

    Games installed onto the WBFS partition range in size from 0.09 GB to 3.8GB, for estimation purposes use a 2-3GB average.

    cfg USB Loader should recognize your HDD if all is configured correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe2chillo View Post
    Thanks for the great tutorial. It is working great. I am doing this on my Wii as well as my brothers. I have come across 1 small problem you may be able to help me with. My brother has a nice 500gb WD passport portable drive. I however am using a 500gb seagate drive inside of a generic USB case (sata). Now I have both drives and I am testing this on my wii before I touch my bros. I am using the latest version of USB loader gx

    So I pop in the new Super Mario Bros game, attach the WD passport drive, rip the game to the drive and the game plays no problem. Then I try the same process on my hard drive (the seagate) and it begins to rip, gets to around 42% or so and then says complete. The game does not play. I just get a black screen.

    When I bring both drives to my computer the ISO on the WD drive shows as being 0.36GB where as the ISO on my hard drive shows as being 3.38G.

    So why is mine not working and why is my file size so much bigger? Is it just that my USB controller is not compatible? The wii does see the drive so I figured it would work. 2 other drives I had would just cause a black screen when attached to the wii and USB loader was started so I know those don't work but my drive allows me to get into USB loader, and rip a game. I see it on the list and even download the cover art. Any help would be great. Thanks

    EDIT: I read a post earlier in this thread that mentioned if you use a desktop hard drive in an enclosure, those drives tend to spin down which will cause problems. Could this be my issue?
    Certainly, internal HDDs in enclosures have problems associated with the energy saving coding. If you have access to a utility disc-run that and change to never sleep or set the powerdown to a really long interval. The other issue is that Seagate HDDs, except for the new 1.5 TB unit) are not very compatible with a lot of hacking uses, including the Wii. If your time is valuable, don;t waste it trying to get that Seagate to work-for the times one can get it to work, it just fails later on. Your Seagate is not reliably compatible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbapappa View Post
    hello I have an mac it dont suport ntfs, fat is working kan i follow the guide anyways
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