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    Exclamation Need to access my games from external hard drive but windows says need to format

    Hello guys, I am new to this website. I wanted to mod my wii and it worked out perfectly without any issues at all because of this guide.

    Just wanted to say thank you. This is my second time modding my wii.

    I had put my wii away for like a year and just wanted to get back into it. I have a few games on a external hard drive so I would play the games from there.. I had a few more backed up games on my computer. I wanted to transfer them all to my external hard drive so I can start playing them again. When I plug in my external hard drive to windows and go to my computer to access the drive..I get an error "You need to format the disk in drive w: before you can use it. Do you want to format it? I do not want to format it..all my games are on it. I would loose them all and I dont have them all backed up on my computer. I just want to add more games to it. So i click cancel..I get another error Location is not available (window title) W:\is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file systems are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.

    I know it isnt corrupted because i just played a couple games from the external hard drive on my wii. If anyone could point me in the right direction to get passed this error and view my files..that would be great.

    Thank you for your time

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    Your drive probably is formatted to the wbfs file system, of which windows does not natively support. You will need to download an app that will read that format. Try WiiBackupManager or WBFS Manager 3.0

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    If you want to take a risk, you can use the wbfs2fat32 converter. There's guides for that, pretty simple to use. (I personally used it and succeeded)
    But if you don't want to trust that app, then you should backup all your games to the computer using WiiBackUpManager as Cjizzle suggested. Then just simply format the HDD to FAT32 format. Use WiiBackupManager to transfer all your games back to your HDD.

    If you're interested in Having backup Gamecube games on your HDD, use Easus partition Master to format it with a cluster size of 32 Kb. There's a guide for that also. It has to be 32 Kb cluster size, or you won't be able to load Gamecube games. By default it formats at 64 Kb cluster size. Gamecube loadig is a whole other story though. I myself haven't bee successful yet at making a 32 kb cluster size.
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    Wbfs2fat is a great app. I have used it multiple times to convert friends' HDDs without issue. If OP decides to use that, there may be some tweaking that needs done to some of the loaders' config files. Wbfs format still is a viable option for those who arent into nand emulation or GC loading, so it isnt required to reformat to FAT32. Up to you enokara

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    Thank you both for the responses. I downloaded WBFS Manager 3.0 and I now have access to the games. I do not own any gamecube games so that wont be necessary. I would go that route if I had some.

    Is there like an windows explorer option for this wbfs manager? I selected my drive and clicked Load...and now I see the list of all my games. What about the other files( like the files that make all this work)? Does the modded wii simply see a hard drive with a wbfs file game..and loads it? Or is there more to it such as the hard drive having to have files on it to make all this work. I hope I explained this well enough. I was going to copy all these games to a larger hard drive. And also add the ones I have on my computer to the larger hard drive. I thought there was more to it then just having wfbs files.? maybe im wrong? For some reason I remember having additional folders when I first put all my games on the hard drive.
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    You can use the clone drive option in WBFS Manager to transfer all your games from your old drive to the new one.

    The folders are exclusive to fat32/NTFS loading, so you are probably thinking of the files you had to put on your SD card. The apps to load the games should be on your SD card (unless you installed the full channels onto your Wii). TBH, FAT32 loading is recommended, since you can put more stuff on your drive than just the games. WBFS format allows for games only.

    FYI, do not confuse a drive formatted to WBFS with a wbfs file... WBFS format on a drive is like fat32 or ntfs, it is a file system (outdated). A wbfs file is a game that can be put onto a fat32 or ntfs drive. Hope that makes sense.

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    Oh I see. Thank you for explaining it. So all I need to do is format my new external drive to FAT32. So we know my old external drive is in wbfs format...Once I click the clone button in WBFS Manager..does that just "make a copy of the files" or would that also change the formatting of the new drive back to WBFS since thats what the old drive is?

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    You would have to format your new drive as wbfs as well. If you want to go the FAT32 route with your new drive, download wbfs2fat as mentioned above. It will convert your wbfs drive to fat32 in real time (its pretty darn quick about it too). Then you can just drag and drop just like every other file in windows. FYI the naming convention has to be set correctly when you add games to a fat32 drive. Thats why I personally use WiiBackup Manager to load games. It shows the covers of all the games and names the folders correctly for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjizzle View Post
    You would have to format your new drive as wbfs as well. If you want to go the FAT32 route with your new drive, download wbfs2fat as mentioned above. It will convert your wbfs drive to fat32 in real time (its pretty darn quick about it too). Then you can just drag and drop just like every other file in windows. FYI the naming convention has to be set correctly when you add games to a fat32 drive. Thats why I personally use WiiBackup Manager to load games. It shows the covers of all the games and names the folders correctly for you.
    Windows says it does not support FAT32...for Hds with more then 32 gb..Mine is 1.5 TB..Will wbfs2fat still do it?

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    Thats not correct(that windows wont support it). Go ahead and use wbfs2fat, then follow our FAT32 guide to format your new drive. Link: http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...ide-fat32.html

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