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    What works with a USB drive formatted to FAT32 and 64kb clusters?

    My question is in the title. But to make a short story long, let me go into detail to explain what I am trying to do.

    I have a 4 TB Western Digital My Book Essential USB Hard Drive. What I want to do with this drive is to be able to play my Wii games, GameCube games, and WiiWare/VC games. I tried formatting the whole thing to FAT32 with 32kb clusters but I don't get the option to do that in any of the programs I tried. I later found a post saying that 2TB is the largest hard drive that can use 32kb clusters. I know I can just split my drive into 2 2TB FAT32 partitions and it will work but I'd rather keep it one partition.

    For Wii games I want to use USB Loader GX. From what I found through searching, it looks like USB Loader GX shouldn't have any problems loading any Wii games from a FAT32 drive with 64kb clusters. Does anyone have any experience with this and know of any games that won't work this way?

    For GameCube games I know that DIOS MIOS will only work from a USB drive if it's FAT32 and 32kb clusters. But what about Devolution and Nintendont? I think I remember reading that they also recommend FAT32 with 32kb clusters but I think I also remember reading that 64kb clusters should also work. Anyone have any personal experience with this?

    And finally WiiWare/VC games. I have all my WiiWare/VC games installed on a virtual nand that will be stored on the USB drive and launched through USB Loader GX. I already know that launching those games from emunand through USB Loader GX is hit or miss with a lot of games not working. (Something about neek2o support or something not yet implemented in USB Loader GX, I think. Way over my head). But of the games that do work, will they still work on a USB drive that has 64kb clusters.

    I'm hoping someone out there has tried this before and can give me their results. Otherwise, I'll test it all out myself and report back my results. Worst case I will just create a small partition that's big enough to hold everything that needs FAT32 with 32kb clusters and then the rest (if still above 2TB) I will just make into NTFS. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    To my knowledge GameCube games are the only things that need the 32k clusters. That would be the case for DM, Devolution, and Nintendont.

    Your only option is to partition it to a 2TB partition, or use an alternate device to swap in when you want to play GameCube games.

    When using EaseUS, if you delete and create a new partition, you won't get the option to format to 32k clusters, but if you reformat an existing partition without deleting it first, you should.

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    Thanks for your reply. So I decided to fully format my 4TB drive anyway and do a quick test while I waited for answers. I formatted it using EaseUS. (And I did know about when creating a new partition that it doesn't give the cluster size but when I tried to reformat, the lowest size it would let me use for the entire 4TB is 64kb. If I partitioned the same drive to 2 2TB partitions then format I would get the 32kb option.) But anyway, I formatted the whole thing to FAT32 with 64kb clusters and copied over my virtual nand, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Sunshine. I ran Legend of Zelda 2 (NES VC game) and it worked just fine. I then loaded up New Super Mario Bros. Wii and that loaded up and played fine. Then I testest Super Mario Sunshine with both Devolution and Nintendont and both loaded up and played the game fine.

    Now like I said, these were just quick tests to see if the game would load and I only played each for maybe 5 minutes. But it gave me hope that this idea of mine would work. So now I am transferring over all my backups to the 4TB drive. Now I'm not going to extensively test every game I have. But the games that I do regularly play, I will continue to play them and should I come across a game I am having issues with that I know I didn't have problems with on my drive with 32kb clusters I will let you all know. But of course I will appreciate anyone else's thoughts on this. Thank you.

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    Good to know. Thanks for the info.

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