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    load .iso game from hard disk

    Hi,
    I have a question about usb loaders.
    I made some .isos of games I legally purchased.
    I store those .isos on my PC.
    I have installed the USB loader on my wii with HDD attached.
    I am wondering if a homebrew app exists, which will let me load the iso (or rip the iso somehow), without first burning this iso to DVD.

    for example: I own the wii game "Cars". Right after purchase, I made an .iso of the game. Over the years, my 4 year old has scratched the disk so bad, the retail copy no longer plays. I know I could burn the iso to dvd, and then rip it to the hard drive to play it, but I am wondeirng if I can avoid the step of burning the iso and just somehow mounting it, or extracting the game from it, much like usb loader extracts game disks to wbfs files.

    any advice appreciated.

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    Search -> WBFS Manager.

    You can drag and drop iso's to WBFS manager.
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    this wbfs manager sounds almost ideal... but the HDD I have attached to the wii is FAT. It already has 30+ games on it... would like to avoid the reformat to wbfs.

    will wbfs manager work if the drive is FAT?
    in that will this tool still "rip" the .iso to the .wbfs format used in usb loader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakz View Post
    this wbfs manager sounds almost ideal... but the HDD I have attached to the wii is FAT. It already has 30+ games on it... would like to avoid the reformat to wbfs.

    will wbfs manager work if the drive is FAT?
    in that will this tool still "rip" the .iso to the .wbfs format used in usb loader?
    I haven't heard of or seen .wbfs format. You transfer .iso's to the WBFS manager, and extract .iso's from WBFS manager.

    You will need to format the drive to WBFS. Maybe you can just transfer the files to a local drive, format to WBFS, then transfer back using WBFS manager.
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    HDD needs to be in WBFS format for the Wii to read the files and load them through the loaders. I have heard that some loaders are starting to accept NTFS or FAT byt WBFS is the #1 way at the moment.

    Could you not partition the HDD to have a 50/50 split. You will find that the WBFS drive will compress the ISO files too to a more reasonable size.

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    Usb loader gx can read the iso files if they are converted to .wbfs on a fat32 or ntsc file system. I have not tried it myself and that is all i know about it.
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    when usb loader rips a game(from a disc), the resultant file on the drive is gamename.wbfs... i can see this when i attach the drive back to the PC to inspect it's contents. usb loader also indicates it's creating this file while it extracts the game from DVD. I am looking for an app or method to go straight from .iso, to a playable format on hard drive, without burning a DVD (which is kind of a waste of a blank disk, for the sakes of just re-extracting the game). I hope I am asking the question correctly... the WBFS manager sounds close to what I want... and maybe it is, but given this explanation, am I making sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GazNicki View Post
    HDD needs to be in WBFS format for the Wii to read the files and load them through the loaders. I have heard that some loaders are starting to accept NTFS or FAT byt WBFS is the #1 way at the moment.

    Could you not partition the HDD to have a 50/50 split. You will find that the WBFS drive will compress the ISO files too to a more reasonable size.
    this is not true, the drive I use is FAT, and configurable usb loader is able to rip games to it, and then play them back. the file it creates for a game rip has extension .wbfs

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    Quote Originally Posted by oddgriffin View Post
    Usb loader gx can read the iso files if they are converted to .wbfs on a fat32 or ntsc file system. I have not tried it myself and that is all i know about it.
    so can "configurable usb loader" which is what I am using (version 50c for FAT). it works fine... there is no WBFS partition on my disk. but I'd like to not have to burn the iso, only to extact it... i want to go straight from .iso to .wbfs or some app that can just mount and play .isos?

    wbfs manager seems to work on wbfs partitions, not wbfs files.... but I'm just looking into it now...

    thanks for support all!

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    I found this on the issue, hope it helps.

    Configurable USB Loader v46 Released - TehSkeen.com

    By the way, I don't see it mentioned in the description, but you need a program called wbfs_file to convert your .iso files to .wbfs files. I think the newest version is wbfs_file_1.3.

    this is taken from the link.
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