USB Loader GX (or any loader) and HDD vs SD
Hi guys, my first post - so first off thanks for all the work you've done & info available here - cool stuff.
I've only had a Wii a year (got it for my 2 young boys), but grew up on early game systems incl NES and have always been a recreational gamer. Not wanting to get hardcore on mods, but really looking forward to the kids & I not having to use discs anymore and have everything available from the menus.
I've spent several hours searching & reading through lots of guides & posts, and I've still got a few questions...
CURRENTLY, I HAVE:
> Red 4.3 Wii, followed the "Softmod ANY Wii Guide", installed just fine. (I didn't downgrade from 4.3 bcs I hadn't registered & couldn't download the file at that moment).
> 1TB USB-powered Seagate drive, partitioned to ~250 GB FAT 32 and 700 GB NTFS. (was thinking/hoping I could using NTFS portion for movies or other non-Wii related storage).
> I have been focused on using USB Loader GX (but I'd be fine to switch if another loader would fit my needs better).
> At this point I have only loaded 1 game on the HDD, so I have a blank slate.
QUESTION 1: Can I use the HDD to store ALL of the needed files (games, images, etc), or do I still need to keep the SD card? If I can use only HDD, how exactly (what steps do I take)?
I've read: -That USB Loader GX has stability issues if everything is moved to HDD (but this was for GX 2.3)
-That it IS possible but only if there is an "additional FAT 32 partition" (but this was for an older version guide about using a WBFS format partion I think).
(If I CAN safely use HDD for all, I don't need a separate small FAT 32 partion for apps, images, etc, for any reason do I?)
QUESTION 2: Does the issue of running GX as a channel or with a forwarder (not entirely sure on my terminology here) come into play with Question #1?
I've read the pros & cons of using both ways...but do you have any additional or more current recommendation about this?
QUESTION 3: I read somewhere that if you removed the SD card and access USB Loader GX, all of your games disappear. Any truth or half truth to that?
Again, this was a post for an earlier version. (But if this is true SOMEBODY ought to post a warning for us noobs in the Guides!) The post indicated this is why you use the "lock" feature?
QUESTION 4: How do I find out what version of USB Loader GX I am currently running?
Didn't see it anywhere from within the GX menus.
Bottom line - I'm looking for something stable & that the kids & I can both use.
Thanks in advance for the help!
Last edited by paulmiller76; 10-18-2013 at 02:16 PM.
Reason: make question #1 more clear