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    WD 1 tb external HD question

    Hey all,

    I have been using a 1TB WD Essential HD for my Wii for the last 2 years. I have only been able to use/see 500 GB. It hasn't been a problem until now. My 2 kids are getting older and want more games but not delete the old ones to make room for new ones.
    Any suggestions on how to use the other 500 GB, or do I have to reformate and start all over from scratch.
    I am using Conf usb loader.

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    how is your drive formatted & partitioned?

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    Lightbulb

    Try this:
    1) Download and install EaseUs Partition Manager: LINK!
    2) Plug in your HDD
    3) Check out the contents that pop up in the window.
    4) If you see any space named "unallocated" this is unpartitioned space, you can then do whatever you wish to do from there
    5) If you wish to make it ALL unison, there's a feature to re-allocate your space until the end of the drive

    Skeptical?


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    It's WBFS. I am not sure how it's partitioned since it was done so long ago. Is there a way to check?
    I know that it's drive F on WII backup manager.

    Thanks for the quick reply guys, I have gotten by with limited knowledge on this subject so thanks for the patience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gusnik View Post
    It's WBFS. I am not sure how it's partitioned since it was done so long ago. Is there a way to check?
    I know that it's drive F on WII backup manager.

    Thanks for the quick reply guys, I have gotten by with limited knowledge on this subject so thanks for the patience.
    Yes, use the EaseUS Partition Manager that angelsosa linked above. It's a great little tool. I used it to expand the partition on my computer from 125 GB to 500 GB. I could use DISKPART because it was not a Dynamic disk, and my Ubuntu CD wouldn't boot-up on that computer (another issue for another day), so I tried EaseUS. Love it.

    You can also see the disk partition information by going to the Windows Disk Management, which you can quickly access by going to Start -> Run -> Type in diskmgmt.msc

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    I used EaseUS, worked great to make 1 partition but I had to reformate the whole thing and am ending up starting from over. Not sure where I went wrong, thanks for all of the suggerstions guys.

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    It probably didn't know how to work with WBFS since it's neither a standard partition nor a Windows-readable partition.

    Did you reformat in WBFS or decide to go with Fat32/NTFS?

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    As far as I'm aware, none of the partition shrinking/growing bits work properly with WBFS. As a filesystem its mostly obsolete; I highly recommend FAT32. With a 1TB drive you should be good to go for many, many years to come..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluPhant View Post
    As far as I'm aware, none of the partition shrinking/growing bits work properly with WBFS. As a filesystem its mostly obsolete; I highly recommend FAT32. With a 1TB drive you should be good to go for many, many years to come..

    -Blu
    ...as long as your files don't individually amount in sectors more than 4Gb-size/128kb-cluster sizes Just picking on you BluPhant
    Whereas EXT3/4 files based off of that system will take forever to break down and convert into the more simple, FAT32. So, as long as you aren't running a super hot Linux/Unix System, you're good to go

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    I seem to have another 2 issues. After the splash CFD screen it says,
    "warning-partition-WBFS 1 not found, press A to select partition"
    It then gives me the option to pick the NTFS partition that I created, and then it works fine.
    It never use to do this.

    The second issue after formating and creating the 1 partition is that all my kids saved games are not working. I went into the saved game/blocks section on the WII and they are all there.

    Any ideas??

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