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    2 noob questions about using an external USB HDD after installing with an SD card

    I softmodded my 4.2u wii using an SD card. Now I have a USB HDD and I copied the entire SD contents to an NTSF partition of the USB HDD.


    The thing is now if I run the homebrew channel , wadmanager or USB loader without the SD card in they will not load.

    I want to be able to use the homebrew channel, wadmanager and emulators right from my USB drive.

    Any help would be great.

    EDIT: Also snes9x and the homebrew browser can't detect my USB drive
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    Did you remove the SD card? Because is you have an empty SD card, the SD card takes priority.

    From: Homebrew Channel - WiiBrew
    Notes: At this time, loading applications from USB is considerably slower than loading from an SD or SDHC card. When reading the applications to display from the "apps" folder of a usb device, an SD card icon will appear even though it is loading from USB. If you have an sd card inserted at the same time as a USB storage device, the SD card takes priority and apps from the USB device will not be shown even if there are no visible apps on the SD card.
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    I found it worked if you mark the partition containing the apps as active and im not 100% sure if it works with ntfs as its advised to use fat32


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    Well I can't even access the homebrew channel without the card in. It just comes up blank with no options.

    USB loader also crashes if I try to run it with only the HDD plugged in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BubbaBooey View Post
    Well I can't even access the homebrew channel without the card in. It just comes up blank with no options.

    USB loader also crashes if I try to run it with only the HDD plugged in.
    This partition(s) are often formatted as NTFS and/or FAT32 depending on intended use. Homebrew apps and USB Loader files can be stored on the FAT32 partition of the HDD instead of an SD card. Only the NTFS format will allow the PC to manage files >4GB.
    Well this is in the guide for setting up your hdd
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    Quote Originally Posted by narse1979 View Post
    Well this is in the guide for seting up your hdd
    Yeah, but what does it mean that fat32 is needed for files over 4 gigs. Can't I just put the big files, the retail wii games, on the WBFS formatted partition?

    Should I put it back to FAT32 and give it another try?

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    NTFS is for files over 4gb as fat32 cant handle them.
    Id put it back to fat32 and try it.
    If it doesnt work still then as I said before try marking the partition as active
    And yes you put your games on the wbfs partition.


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    I put it back to FAT32 and copied the contents of my SD card to the partition...bingo.

    THANKS so much I really appreciate it narse. My wii with 500gb external is perfect now.

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    If you also would like to use it to play games, you could make 2 partitions: 1 WBFS (make it the first) and 1 FAT32, this is what I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bliepo View Post
    If you also would like to use it to play games, you could make 2 partitions: 1 WBFS (make it the first) and 1 FAT32, this is what I did.
    Yeah I've got it going like that now, 90 gigs to the FAT32 and 380 or so on the WBFS.

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