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    Best HD format for watching movies and playing games from USB.

    Hi. I'm about to set up a USB loader (just finished the mauifrog mod), and need to pick a format type for my HD. Not sure which to choose. I have a lot of movies and TV shows that I'd like to put on my HD and watch through my Wii with WiiMC, but I also want to play backups of my games from the USB. And, obviously, I'm a newbie, so I don't want to make this more complicated than I need to. I've hunted around and read about the different formats, but I haven't found an answer about what would work best for me. I am leaning towards NTFS because I have some video files that are bigger than 4GB, but not sure if that's the best. Anyway, if anyone has any thoughts I sure would appreciate it. Thanks!!

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    NTFS is probably best for you if you have movie files over 4GB. Otherwise FAT32 is the recommended format.

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    The only drawbacks of NTFS is that you won't be able to run gamecube backups from the hard drive and most homebrew will not work off it either. (Will WiiMC play files off an NTFS hard drive? Probably if you run the app from the SD card but I don't know cuz I never tried it)

    For the homebrew you can just keep it all on the SD card and you will be fine.

    There are methods to split your movie files for use on FAT32 devices as well.

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    Thanks SNES. Did I spell something wrong? Not sure what you meant by that comment, but I didn't find any spelling errors in your reply. I appreciate you taking the time to help me out.

    Thanks blaise. I didn't realize that homebrew wouldn't work with NTFS. What if I partitioned my hd part NTFS, part FAT32 would that work? Or maybe I should just keep it simple and forget about my big movie files. If I really want to watch them I can hook my laptop to my tv. If it's gonna be easier maybe I should just go with FAT32.
    Last edited by nightstah; 09-27-2013 at 12:01 PM. Reason: Edited for Television :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbro
    Thanks SNES. Did I spell something wrong? Not sure what you meant by that comment, but I didn't find any spelling errors in your reply. I appreciate you taking the time to help me out. Thanks blaise. I didn't realize that homebrew wouldn't work with NTFS. What if I partitioned my hd part NTFS, part FAT32 would that work? Or maybe I should just keep it simple and forget about my big movie files. If I really want to watch them I can hook my laptop to my tv. If it's gonna be easier maybe I should just go with FAT32.
    That comment is my mobile signature...iOS loves to autocorrect me and make me look like a total dummy.

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    Last edited by nightstah; 09-27-2013 at 12:02 PM. Reason: Edited for Television With Regard to Original Quote :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbro View Post
    Thanks blaise. I didn't realize that homebrew wouldn't work with NTFS. What if I partitioned my hd part NTFS, part FAT32 would that work? Or maybe I should just keep it simple and forget about my big movie files. If I really want to watch them I can hook my laptop to my tv. If it's gonna be easier maybe I should just go with FAT32.
    As long as you have an SD card in your wii you should be fine actually. Things like cover art in USB loader GX will not work on NTFS, but if you have an SD card it will just put the covers there. If you followed the Softmod guide here it puts all the homebrew on the SD card anyway. The only reason I prefer to put my homebrew on the USB drive is because I just worry a kid will take the SD card out and lose it or something.

    I looked at WiiMC info page and it said NTFS drives will work. The Wii won't look as good as a laptop for movies though...it only gets as good as 480p if you have component cables.
    Last edited by nightstah; 09-27-2013 at 12:03 PM. Reason: Edited for Television :)

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    Ok thanks. I've got an SD card in there now, and already have homebrew installed. I didn't learn that movies wouldn't look that great until after I got the mod done. Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by nightstah; 09-27-2013 at 12:03 PM. Reason: Edited for Television :)

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