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    Us What all can we do with a USB External Hard drive?

    I've looked around, but can't quite find what I'm looking for. I want to know what all we can do with an external hard drive. Can it work like an SD card, as in:

    -Can we install WADs to it?
    -Has the gamecube iso loading support been integrated into any of the loaders yet? (all I can find is stuff linking to posts from 2008 and 09)
    -Can apps be put onto the usb device so that they can be loaded through the Homebrew channel?

    And just anything else that makes the external hard drive that much more of a needed accessory for a modded wii.

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    1. No. Use can use triiforce to play wiiware and VC games with it though.

    2. No. You need a hardmod for that. Wode or SunDriver.

    3. Yes apps can run off USB HDD just like an SD card. ( You need a FAT32 Partition to do this)


    You can use it to store movies and watch them on your wii with Mplayer CE.
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    yes just put apps on the fat32 partition and in hombrew channel just press 1 and select usb device......

    use = usb loading(500 games in one place) ,games,roms,movies,background music for loader etc

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    One can play backup game ISOs from the USB HDD taking advantage of the faster load and play of the HDD over that of the original DVD disc. One can use a FAT32 partition just as one is currently using the SD card and so most homebrew apps will run from the FAT partition. Depending on the size of the movie, one can use either the FAT32 or an NTFS formatted partition to play movies and TV shows. Americans with Netflix subscriptions can install the Netflix streaming disc onto the HDD and use the HDD to watch streaming movies and TV shows via the Netflix service. Gamecube ISO loading is not yet possible from the USB HDD except through hardmods such as WODE and SunDriver-HD. WiiWare can be played directly from the HDD using Triiforce and possibly SNEEK.

    I'm not sure why your search failed to find these as these are really common topics here and also easily Googled. Make a post in the Introductions Forum, as was requested upon registration, and you will receive a welcome post with a lot of useful links.

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    Great, I finally got a straight answer.
    Running games through the USB loader will also cut out most of the glitchy MP3 files and videos on games such as Super Mario Galaxy, correct? I run them through Verbatim's DVD-R at a burn speed of 4x, and figure it's just because of the Wii's reading capabilities that cause it to skip.

    With the running of apps, music, and stuff like that, it has to be on a formatted FAT32? So you can have more than one partition running on it? I assume that there are guides out there for that then?

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    Yes, loading and playing games off a compatibleexternal USB HDD will stop that shuttering effect. Original game DVDs spin at 6X speed, a softmodded Wii will spin the backup of that game disc at 3X. A chipmodded Wii will spin the backup disc at 6X. At minimum a USB HDD will spin at 8X and up. To help in getting your HDD set up use this guide HERE.

    If the information in that guide in not quite enough to help you partition your HDD as you wish, go HERE for partitioning help.

    Let me repeat a bit of advice-go to the Introductions Forum and just say hello-you will receive a welcome post with a lot of useful links to our site guides, indices, etc.

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