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    I'd recommended to use the softmod any wii [2 in my sig] guide to get up to date.

    As for fat32 vs ntfs

    Quote Originally Posted by isoguy View Post
    NTFS - Also a popular method, but if you were to choose one of FAT32 or NTFS I would generally go with FAT32 (personal preference). Some HDDs are formatted as NTFS already. All you have to is put your games, in ISO format, on your HDD and they are ready to play.
    This makes it sound like you're saying you need to use ISO format, which isn't accurate. You can use a wbfs folder just like on fat32, except you don't have to deal with splitting them.

    As far as I know the only advantages of NTFS is that you do not have to split files over 4gb, and sometimes you'll have problems when trying to get a fat32 partition big enough to fill a larger drive.

    As for fat32: You're going to get better compatibility across hard drives and homebrew software. For example, emulators can read off of a fat32 partition, but I haven't gotten them to read NTFS.

    Personally I'm not a fan of having to split files, but I did want to store my ROMs on the HD, so I ended up setting up a 1st partition as fat32, and 2nd as NTFS. It takes a little more setup, but now I have the best of both worlds.

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    If you are ripping games from your original disc with your loader (like the OP stated he is) the game will be split in the process. And will be playable like that.

    fat32 is recommended because you can keep all your apps,games,movies, pics, and etc. all on one partition.

    ntfs you will need to use a small fat32 partition or keep a sd card in for homebrew apps.

    Same with wbfs, you will need fat32 formatted sd or another partition on your hdd.

    You guys keep talking about splitting and converting ISO's, but this is not needed unless you are pirating the material.

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    i haven't done the whole emulator yet... i could always just do two hard drives. one ntfs for my wii games, and one fat32 for other stuff. i don't mind switching between drives wait, i just got an idea, anyone try a usb hub/splitter for the wii?

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    Wii Backup Manager seems to look after fat32 drives extremely well by auto splitting the files
    If you plug the usb fat32 formated drive into your Xbox360 or Playstation, they will see them natively, so your movies can play there too.
    Formats fast using fat32format.exe (nuke old partition and resetup the new partition first, before formatting)
    single partition for everything (no multi partition fiddling)
    unsure if Mighty Channels supports NTFS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maikhorma View Post
    I'd recommended to use the softmod any wii [2 in my sig] guide to get up to date.

    As for fat32 vs ntfs



    This makes it sound like you're saying you need to use ISO format, which isn't accurate. You can use a wbfs folder just like on fat32, except you don't have to deal with splitting them.

    As far as I know the only advantages of NTFS is that you do not have to split files over 4gb, and sometimes you'll have problems when trying to get a fat32 partition big enough to fill a larger drive.

    As for fat32: You're going to get better compatibility across hard drives and homebrew software. For example, emulators can read off of a fat32 partition, but I haven't gotten them to read NTFS.

    Personally I'm not a fan of having to split files, but I did want to store my ROMs on the HD, so I ended up setting up a 1st partition as fat32, and 2nd as NTFS. It takes a little more setup, but now I have the best of both worlds.
    Changing from one USB HD to another so I am looking to do a split HD setup this time to use the NTFS side as a large file storage too... I haven't found a detail walk thru for a split setup ... Can I run by you what I've done so far using EASEUS Partition Master v8.0.1...

    I followed the Fat 32 Guide to setup 30GB for Fat32... Got two notes in purple in the spoiler...

    Spoiler



    On the space left over I setup the NTFS side of it with the following options...

    Spoiler



    I know I'll need to configure each loader & other programs in the Fat32 side to pull the WBFS or Music or other files in the NTFS... But not sure what the settings will be.... Will need more info that that too...

    Thanks..

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