I used Ithian's excellent guide to Wiiflow with no fear of bricking >http://www.wiihacks.com/submit-artic...-settings.html. From what I understand Config. usb loader will allow for the HDD to be formatted to fat32 with just a wbfs folder for the games. This may be your best set up as you plan on using it for media and such. As far as I know at this time Hermes V4 is still the recommended application as far as usb loading compatability. You can have multiple usb loaders installed. I use GX and Wiiflow some games work from one and not the other. ShadowSonic2's guide was very easy to follow and worked great for me. There are newer versions of priiloader available http://www.wiihacks.com/other-faq-gu...-0-3b-r48.html as well as ciosX . http://www.wiihacks.com/member-submi...waninkoko.html Good Luck As far as the file sharing someone else will have to field that one, I am not familiar with that, sorry.