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    Wii and HDD

    Alright. I have scoured the net for info but I can't find a clear-cut answer. Here's what I understand at the moment:

    - CGF USB Loader supports NTFS HDDs and can read .iso or .wbfs files

    I'm not entirely sure if that statement is correct but I am pretty sure.

    What I want to do is play my games off my NTFS HDD. After researching the advantages and disadvantages to using NTFS, FAT32 or WBFS formatted drives I decided to use NTFS because of file management through Windows and ability to store other data, not to mention my HDD is already formatted to NTFS.

    I just performed a softmod to my Wii. This is the resource I used:

    A FAILTUBE GUIDE THAT I REALLY DON'T NEED TO POST A LINK TO

    I followed his guide with no problems at all.

    If anyone needs more info please ask and I'll try to provide it.

    Thanks!!
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    I would have went with FAT32, but it's your HDD. You may have to convert your ISO's to wbfs format if you are going to use a NTFS formatted HDD. That's what's nice about using a WBFS formatted HDD, all you do is use WBFS manager to install the ISO to the HDD. If you use a FAT32 or NTFS formatted HDD then you will have to convert the ISO to a .wbfs file.

    And, all homebrew is compatible with FAT32, some (but not all) homebrew is compatible with NTFS. If you had formatted your HDD to FAT32 then you could install just about anything there that would be installed on a SD card, but not with the NTFS format.
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    I could go either way with my HDD. I didn't want to create more work by formatting to FAT32 so, I chose NTFS. I never found anything convincing me to pick one format over another and to be honest it really looked like a personal preference while I was researching the subject.

    I'll convert my files and check back if I run into anymore problems.

    And thanks for the reply!

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    What's wrong with WBFS?

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    I just checked and .iso will work on a NTFS HDD without needing to be converted to .wbfs, and FAT32 will support .iso with file size < 4GB, anything over 4GB will need to be .wbfs and split into two parts.


    all this is on configurable usb loader, not sure what the other usb loaders will support.
    here is a FAT32 tool, if you decide - Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd
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    Ahh, I thought NTFS would work in the same respect as FAT32 with homebrews. That makes me want to use FAT32. It seems like it would be best for me to convert to FAT32 and dedicate my HDD to Wii usage. It's a 300gb drive. Would there be significant storage difference between FAT32 and WBFS? According to a post I found, I "should have no problem transferring your isos from your computer to the usb drive and loading them up without making any adjustments."

    http://www.wiihacks.com/software-bac...-iso-wbfs.html

    I just want to say as a noob to these forums it is rather confusing when researching the subject of HDD format for use with a USB Loader. I'm usually pretty good at finding answers to my questions but in this case there were no definitive answers as to what format to use. Even within the scope of this thread there has been at least on person in favor of each format. A straight-forward "If you use --INSERT DRIVE FORMAT-- these are the advantages and disadvantages," would be helpful. Just a suggestion from a noob.

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    I know that all homebrew will work with FAT32, so if you use that format then you are free to add more apps to your HDD opposed to using NTFS. Say you want to put roms and emulators on your HDD, or Triiforce emulation to run WiiWare from your HDD. The only other app that I know of to use NTFS is Mplayer CE, that's good for movies stored on your HDD, but more than likely any movies you may have on your HDD will be less than 1 GB anyways, so FAT32 will support that, and there's only a handful of Wii games that are larger than 4GB anyways, so you wont have to convert many to .wbfs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stomp_442 View Post
    I just checked and .iso will work on a NTFS HDD without needing to be converted to .wbfs, and FAT32 will support .iso with file size < 4GB, anything over 4GB will need to be .wbfs and split into two parts.


    all this is on configurable usb loader, not sure what the other usb loaders will support.
    here is a FAT32 tool, if you decide - Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd
    After reading that I am wondering why my .iso on my HDD aren't being recognized (even though I may go with FAT32)? I'm using CGF USB Loader and I have my files in a root folder named WBFS. Still, when I connect my HDD and start CGF USB Loader it wants me to format the drive to WBFS. I have other files on the drive and I thought if I formatted it I would lose all that data. What am I doing wrong here?

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    Make sure you have cIOSx rev19 installed, try with a base of 38, this cIOS will add support for FAT and NTFS USB HDD.

    If you don't have that cIOS installed, then use IOS222 to load your usb loader.

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    Of course, there's also Gen3SF's excellent USB HD gaming tutorial here if the OP is interested and unfamiliar...

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