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    I just read on another forum that someone has used ftpii and it can 'see' fat32 partitions. Maybe I have a problem becuase I always use NTFS.
    I did notice that my NTFS wasn't set as an active partition so I am going to try again and see if ftpii can mount it. If not I will reformat as Fat32 and see if that works and post the solution (if any) here.

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    malk_100 : No not really. might be a good option although I'd love to have a W: drive on my desktop :-))

    Err... Wait a minute: I have Gladinet, a tool that turns online stores (such as FTP locations, Google Docs, PicasaWeb, etc) into local drives!

    As soon as I find an FTP-service, I'll let you know. Hope you'll do the same?

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    Malk_100,

    I have also done some serious Google-ing trying to find exactly what your looking for. So far I have come up short. I will continue to look and report back if I find anything.

    Good luck to you and mbrouns in cracking this nut.

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    Add me to the list. I have 750g of movies on my 1tb hdd in addition to my games. It's a real PITA to have to plug the usb into a computer so they can be watched over the network. It also means no one can watch a stored movie if my son is playing a game.

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    Ok guys - FTPii works fine and I can see the Wii FAT32 partition.
    It looks like the thread I read before was correct, FTPii can only 'see' FAT32 partitions and NOT NTFS.
    All I did was reformat my NTFS partition as FAT32 using fat32format.zip. I tried Swissknife but it didn't work and also tried the command line format in XP but that came up with and error. So far so good on FAT32 but there is a restriction on file sizes of course. Maybe one day FTPii will have a mod to use NTFS.
    I had a quick look at Gladinet. It appears to have a limit set on the free version that you can download from the web site. It doesn't say explicitly but the Professional version states unlimites downloads ??? Also it looks (although I may be wrong) that Gladinet uses its own interface and may not be exactly what we are looking for to exactly map a Wii drive as we would some other network drive on another windows device or Linux.
    I tried a file copy using FTPii - it was going to take a looooong time so I gave up in the end and decided to continue copying large files using my USB ports. I had heard that the wireless on a wii is slow but at least it can copy small files without shifting the USB drive around.
    Hope this helps some folks and if anyone can map a network drive as well as FTP please post. Of course the ideal would be to map the Wii partition AND the FAT32 partition so WBFS can select its drive.

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    Thanks for this. Also tried ftpii but argue (just like malk_100): the hassle of making the connection (activation homebrew, activating ftpii from the pc, then only having access to FAT32 and using a sluggish connection that doesn't seem too stable) is tougher than simply walking to the PC and doing the whole bit without WIFI.

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    My goal is to be able to add games using WBFS manager on my PC to the wii USB hard drive without needing to disconnect the hard drive from the wii. Is this what all of you are trying to accomplish?

    It would be cool to be able to do this over the Wii wifi (but I assume it would be irritatingly slow).

    Is there such thing as a USB "splitter" that would allow me to keep the hard drive connected to the wii as well as have it connected to the PC at the same time? I can't seem to find anything like this online.

    This is the closest thing I have found, but it specifically says it cannot do what I want it to do:

    HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!


    Anyone figure out a decent solution yet or have any suggestions?

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    Correction to my earlier posts.
    Format the second partition to FAT32 NOT NTFS
    FTPii works fine and can copy from network drives to the Wii.
    I only wish I could map as then WBFS could be used across the network, but at least Filezilla and FTPii work OK now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srsbsnss View Post
    My goal is to be able to add games using WBFS manager on my PC to the wii USB hard drive without needing to disconnect the hard drive from the wii. Is this what all of you are trying to accomplish?

    It would be cool to be able to do this over the Wii wifi (but I assume it would be irritatingly slow).

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    Yes - I can copy ordinary files using FTP but I want to map a network drive so I can refer to that drive in WBFS and it treats it as if it is a local disk attached to the PC. Using a Wired connection will be faster. I am in the middle of testing performance using 'Billion' mains connector boxes. They work fin but the wired is too slow at the moment to copy large files so I am trying to find out where my imiting factor is i.e.
    1. Wired lan is slow using mains
    2. USB/Ethernet is slow
    3. Disk drive is slow
    or whatever else I can think of
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    Is there such thing as a USB "splitter" that would allow me to keep the hard drive connected to the wii as well as have it connected to the PC at the same time? I can't seem to find anything like this online.
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    I don;t think you would be able to run both at the same time anyway, so probably not worth it, and easier to unplug and plug into other device. There may be a switched USB with a toggle on, or make one up but is it worth the bother? The USB is only a cable and insufficient intelligence to run two applications accessing different parts of the system. If only we could run games off a Samba drive ! (running movies/audio works fine)
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    This is the closest thing I have found, but it specifically says it cannot do what I want it to do:

    HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!


    Anyone figure out a decent solution yet or have any suggestions?
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    I have had a discussion with a mate who understand networking things !!! He reckons that the problem is that the Wii needs to run a Samba (SMB) server. If there is an application like FTPii but for SMB we would be OK BUT the SMB used is only the client side (where we put the external servers' share addresses in the config file.
    If anyone has heard of an SMB/Samba server for the Wii, please post here !

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    mbrouns - another update
    I have tried the Wiixplorer downloaded from HBC
    i can set up SMB shares to my server similar to mplayer but in this case the explorer allows me to copy to and from the SMB to USB drive on Wii.

    For me this is not just another alternative to FTPii, but it is about 2 1/2 times faster. My FTPii is so slow that it takes 4 mins to copy a 56,000,000 file and about 1 1/2 mins with Wiixplorer

    Normally I can copy this file in about 10 - 12 seconds between PC and linus severs so something drastically wrong with Wii speed.
    (USB ethernet adapter is top speed when usd on PC with driver, so it isn;t that eiher)

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