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    Quote Originally Posted by Baresark View Post
    The only time a HD should be formatted to Fat32 is if it is small, like below 32 gigs.
    Sorry - but that is blatantly incorrect

    Limitations of the FAT32 File System in Windows XP

    An 8TB limit may be the only limiting factor, as the USB external is not and will not be the install drive when installing Windows as we are not talking about installing an OS here

    Quote Originally Posted by Baresark View Post
    Once you format it to WBFS
    And you do not need to do this if you do not wish to, it is a choice you can make but it is not mandatory.

    And as many are now finding out, management of USB Drives between Wii & PC is best done with FAT32 as you can manage all your HBC, USB Loaders, EMUs & ROMs, WiiWare all from the same single partitioned drive.

    Choices of what to use are WBFS, FAT32 & NTFS, but each has pros & cons and the FAT32 has more pros than cons over the other systems, as at today.
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    I think not all scrubbed isos are smaller than 4gb. e.g Super Smash Bros Brawl

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    The problem with just having it read ISOs is they are large, most times twice as large as the game data, and with them being over 4GB then you need the NTFS partition, which means still having a FAT32 partition or using a large SD Card all the time for loaders & HBC stuff.

    For me, if I was to start over, then I would do this:

    If it was a new drive, single FAT32 partition.

    This will be your game manager for getting games on & off the drive:

    Wii Game Manager - GBAtemp.net

    Here are other alternatives that will use the ISO as the base and scrub them to your drive of choice:

    WBFS Managers - WikiTemp

    USB Loaders of choice for me would be:

    Configurable USB Loader - GBAtemp.net

    News (USB Loader GX)

    Although you can have a look here to see which suits your purpose:

    USB Loader Releases - WikiTemp

    Along with what was posted above, you won't need a slow SD card for you launchers or covers or anything else, you can do allt he HBC stuff straight from the FAT32 drive - win-win.
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    I stand corrected.

    I apologize for saying something misleading. This has been a subject of debate with a friend of mine, and I had thought he won out, but I see now that he did not. Thank you.

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    partitioning part of wbsf to fat32

    OK... This might have alreay been answer .. so sorry to ask this but, i have a hard time finding answer to this question. I have a 500g that is already partition as wbsf and has games in it already. I want to run wiiware games on it too. But to do it, the drive need to be a fat 32. How can I go in and partition some of the space to be a fat32 to store the wiiware files without getting all my wii games erased?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddy187 View Post
    OK... This might have alreay been answer .. so sorry to ask this but, i have a hard time finding answer to this question. I have a 500g that is already partition as wbsf and has games in it already. I want to run wiiware games on it too. But to do it, the drive need to be a fat 32. How can I go in and partition some of the space to be a fat32 to store the wiiware files without getting all my wii games erased?
    My advice, so you lose nothing and gain plenty, would be to:

    Back up USB HDD games to to your PC
    Format the whole drive for FAT32
    Use the Game Manager & USB Loaders from links above to make your choice
    Instal;l the games back to USB HDD which is now in FAT32, you lose nothing and gain plenty, the games will still be scrubbed.

    You can now run your WiiWare, your games, your Homebrew, TV, Movies & MP3 using MPlayer, a place to install & run all your EMUs & ROMs, no more need for that SD Card - you can put it somewhere for safe keeping thus keeping it away from sticky fingers,

    You can take a chance on resizing, but there is a good chance as it it a non windows format of losing the whole lot, so back up anyway.

    FREE Resize/Move FAT32 & NTFS Partitions in Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008. Enlarge or extend (system) Partition - EASEUS Partition Master Manual
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baresark View Post
    The only time a HD should be formatted to Fat32 is if it is small, like below 32 gigs. Once you format it to WBFS (the partition of the drive that contains your games MUST be this format), Windows will no longer be able to read it. Essentially, if you hook your HD up to your computer to put games on it, your computer will tell you your drive needs to be formatted for Windows to use it. This is not the case, load up a program like WBFS Manager, load the drive, and install or remove games.

    I, for instance, used a 150 Gig I had sitting around. I formatted it to NTFS, then formatted it to WBFS with WBFS manager. My computer no longer recognizes the drive and I have to use WBFS manager to put games on it or take them off.
    We all know this, the op wanted to know if there was a FAT version of USB Loader GX. Usb Loader GX does support FAT32 format, and GX r900 supports NTFS format, read and write.

    The only time a HD should be formatted to Fat32 is if it is small, like below 32 gigs
    Why shouldn't you format a HDD to FAT32 that is over 32GB?
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    So if I have a 1tb harddrive. It's not a good idea to format it to a fat32? I'm a little confuse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddy187 View Post
    So if I have a 1tb harddrive. It's not a good idea to format it to a fat32? I'm a little confuse...
    imo it is the best choice to make as at today.
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