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    Talking exFAT v Fat 32

    Sorry im still confussed with my way around this site,

    I am aware that uf you want to play wii games via a usb drive then the drive must be formated to FAT 32, I have bought a WD 1tb drive but when i go to re format it i get an option for exfat not fat 32 does anyone know if i can use this?

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    exFAT is more so for flash media [ie. SD cards]. The Wii WILL NOT read this file system. It is a microsoft specific file system.

    It also doesn't "have" to be formatted as fat32, you can also format to WBFS, which in my opinion is what you should do. Remember fat32 can not store a file bigger than 4gb on it at any time. So if you have an ISO thats 4.4gb, you will not be able to store it on the drive unless you split the file, or scrub it so it's smaller than 4gb [not all games can be scrubbed to less than 4gb.]
    Last edited by s0ur; 06-18-2010 at 05:11 AM.

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    Thanks for the info, dumb question is how do i format to that wbfs?

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    You can either do it via WBFS Manager, or use USB Loader GX [after making the drive RAW or no file system].

    If you use USB Loader GX you plug the drive into the Wii, start GX, it will say "no valid partitions found, format?] It will format the partition for you accordingly.

    With WBFS Manager, it's pretty straight foreword. You'll see what I mean once you install the program.

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    so does this mean i dont need to load up usb loader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ur View Post
    exFAT is more so for flash media [ie. SD cards]. The Wii WILL NOT read this file system. It is a microsoft specific file system.

    It also doesn't "have" to be formatted as fat32, you can also format to WBFS, which in my opinion is what you should do. Remember fat32 can not store a file bigger than 4gb on it at any time. So if you have an ISO thats 4.4gb, you will not be able to store it on the drive unless you split the file, or scrub it so it's smaller than 4gb [not all games can be scrubbed to less than 4gb.]
    There are arguements for and against FAT32 & WBFS
    I consider FAT32 to be far superior to WBFS, because with a FAT32 Formatted drive:-

    (1) There's no need to partition your drive, One partition does all
    (2) Media files play from FAT32
    (3) Home brew plays from FAT32
    (4) Wii Games play from FAT32 (convert to .wbfs instead of .iso)
    (5) Wiiware & VC Play from FAT32
    (6) Your PC will regonise the drive and list all yours games
    (7) Your PC won't try and format your WBFS drive for ya
    (8) Drag and drog your games between drives

    Also Game Managers will auto split the files into 4GB blocks and but all the pieces into one folder for you.
    CFG USB Loader is the most compatible Loader out there by far, and Wii Game Manger will do the rest.
    Untill they get NTFS sorted out I reckon FAT32 is by far the better choice - But remember a good USB HDD makes hell of a difference. (non of this externally powered rubbish)

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    Last edited by renke_uk; 06-19-2010 at 01:21 AM.
    SoftMod Essentials:- CFG USB Loader FAT32 --- Wii Game Manager

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    Ok i am really confused now, i have done all the steps to play via usb, i have also installed WBFS manager on a new external HDD, but dont know what to do from here, do i still need to put a usb loader on the sd card? I appreciate any help

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    Of course you have to put a loader on your console, how would you think you were gonna play the games without a means too? There are a few to pick from, WiiFlow, USB Loader GX, Configurable Loader, NeoGamma [this loader is garbage IMHO though]

    But remember a good USB HDD makes hell of a difference. (non of this externally powered rubbish
    Hrm, I use 4 externally powered USB HDDs with absolutely no problem whatsoever. It's not how they are powered, it's if the HDD is compatible or not.
    Last edited by s0ur; 06-18-2010 at 06:16 AM.

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    Thanks heaps for the help, i have downloaded the USB Loader GX can you give me a couple more seconds and inform me where to place it on the sd card and how to install

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    You need to place the boot.dol in a folder in the apps section of your SD card.

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