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    ok i have a new issue i have now transferd every thing from my sd card to my external drive. i am able to boot up wiiflow but i am getting a black screen with all my forwarders ...wiiflow,nes,snes,sega all give me a black screen and wad manager doesnt wanna mount my harddrive thanks for any info on these problems

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    in the end I decided not to bother with the ntfs partition, deleted both partitions(ntfs and fat32) and created a new fat32 only partition(298gb). only thing I found strange(and is not mentioned in the tutorial) is that when I went to format the drive it only took a few seconds rather than the hours I'd have expected, I have downloaded and installed the program linked to in the tutorial(tho I googled it rather than going through the link, but still ended up with the same version. I thought the link might have an older version but wasn't the case). I tried looking but didn't find any options for enabling/disabling quick format, tho even with quick format it shoul have taken longer than it did. going to have to re-rip/install my games to hard disk as I couldn't save them to my computer due to a distinct lack of hard disk space on my computer(I'm in the process of backing up my computers hard disk as I'm going to be re-formatting the hard disk and installing windows 7 home premium, currently have a 2+ year install of windows vista home premium 64bit).

    apart from the fact I'll have to split games larger tha 4gb and convert .iso to .wbfs is there anything else that's a drawback of using fat32 over ntfs?

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    A few questions

    I already have my Wii modded, a friend did this about a month ago. I have been using a 500 gig HD in a HD case, which worked fine ( except it's full). The 500 gig was formatted WBFS and I used WBFS Manager 3.0 to load it. A few days ago I bought a 1 TB WD Passport 2.0 - 3.0 .
    I followed the guide and formatted the drive. I installed Wii Game Manager. I have an internal 1 TB WD Storage HD where I have ( it says ) 800 gb of Wii game ISO's. On the 1 TB WD passport I made a folder called wbfs .I loaded all the games into the Wii Game Manager. It shows I only have like 4-5 that may need to split. I tried splitting one and it spewed out the game I.D. number. Now , this can create a HUGE mess....what's the best way of doing this? Does the Wii Game Manger do batch conversion?
    I already have CFG USBLoader installed on my SDHC card, so I should be good to go there, would it be better to put the CFG USBLoader onto the external drive? Seems like I read it boots faster?

    Edit:I read this "NOTE: Western Digital hard drives must have Smartware disabled!" . this was posted on the wiiflow site. I didn't see this option anywhere, should I be concerned?

    Edit 2 : Loaded a few games on drive, but the CFG USB Loader wanted a WBFS Drive/Partition.Wouldn't recognize any games. What did I do Wronf?
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    Thank You for a straight forward guide.

    I now have a Seagate FreeAgent 1.5TB working.

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    Thanks for the guide!

    Still, I can't get it to work. I earlier followed mauifrog's guide how to softmod a Wii v4.3e, and that went well, as far as I can tell. I'm a noob in the Wii-world, but has some PC-experience since many years.

    I bought this hdd: Seagate ST310005EXA101-RK 1TB, that should be compatible as it is listed in your list.

    I followed the guide an formatted it to a FAT32, with one partition, and used Acronis to label is at Primary and Active. The drive letter K was occupied by another drive, so my hdd got the letter L instead. Is that a problem?

    [removed - read the rules] These gamefiles seem correct and are put into a map called \wbfs located directly in the root of the hdd. I also have some other stuff on the hdd, Some maybe garbage and in the way? This is how the root looks like:

    Wii hdd.jpg

    I have tried both Wiiflow (latest, 2.2 something) and Configurable USB Loader, but it won't work. All the cios'es should be installed via the softmod, right? I've used Wad-manager to manually install cios 222 and 223. When I start Wiiflow it says that no games are installed, but I've installed (if "installed" is the same as made into .wbfs gamefiles and transferred to the hdd with the help of Wii backup managaer) Mario Cart, Zelda - Twilight Princess and Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None... Wiiflow DOES see the cover of the Agatha Christie game I've put in the cover map of the Wiiflow folder though, so the hdd must in some way be visible. On page 7/7, where you can choose partition, there is eight different choises, with wbfs1 being the default. When I toggle between them noone seems to be highlighted, all are "greyish" (or is that just my imagination?).

    The hdd is connected to the usb "hole" nearest the edge/bottom.

    When using CFG USB loader, it returns the error -128 (if I remember correctly). Nothing happens.

    When I try without SD-card, it doesn't work either.

    So I think I'm stuck. Any help would be appreciated.

    Edit: it works now, with USB loader GX. Still not with Wiiflow or CFG USB Loader though. The returning error wasn't -128, it was -1.

    Additional information: The Homebrew Channel App can't mount the USB either...
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    I did everything and I still can't get this Wii Sport Resort to play from the USB HD. Its bad enought I spent 2 weeks on softmod (don't ask) and get this far and I still can't get this to work.

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    Fist i would like to thank both Cile and Krank for this great guide!

    I am one of the luck ones in that i have an older wii that i have bootmii on boot 2. I have followd this guide and everthing works great
    I was wondering if its possible to run bootmii off the hdd or is it better to keep it on the sdcard and run it from there if i ever have a need too?

    Thanks in advance

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    ok i have all the channels fixed except for the wiiflow black edition forwarder it just goes to a black screen im not quite sure why?
    has any one had this issue before?

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    Hi mates. I followed the mauifrog's guide for softmoding a wii 4.3...is this meaning I am ready for playing iso files from my hdd or I have to install something else? is not it just formatting the hdd or I have to install something in it regardless the iso files? Please im already getting a bit crazy about all this thing..

    Thanks a lot.

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    re: FAT32 HDDs and using Wii Backup Manager or Wii Game Manager on a Mac

    Just reading all I can about USB HDD formats and such before I attempt all this and I just have a couple of questions concerning formatting a USB HDD to FAT32 on a Mac.

    Formatting the HDD is no problem, but it seems that in order to convert an .iso to .wbfs I have to use either Wii Backup Manager or Wii Game Manager. If I'm not mistaken, both of those are .exe's? So is it assumed that you'll be running those on a PC and then copying files to your USB? If so, is there a Mac version or workaround for this? Or am I mistaken entirely, and this is something that can be done through HBC. Is there any way of just running the .iso's through HBC? (I'm assuming no, as FAT32 can't handle over 4GB...)

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