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    What's up! I just bought my first Wii off eBay yesterday after playing at a friends house and hearing you can play backed up games from an external hard drive, I'm more of a try before you buy kind of person, so I went for it.

    Basically, I have a 500gb external hard drive I use for my PC right now which only has a 40gb built in hard drive, so I need to keep the data on my external hard drive intact. I was wondering, is there a way I can just plug it into the Wii when I want to play games, and when I'm done, just plug it back into the PC without having to delete any files?

    Thanks for reading!! Christy.

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    Yes you can. The wii will only look for games on a WBFS partition. Do a search, there are 2 great step by step guides in the tuts area.
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    When you format the hdd you will lose all of the data on it. I've had to move stuff around a few times in order to keep files from being removed when I steped up from a 500GB to a 1TB. If you have a thumb drive you can format that using the usb link in my signature and test it out that way. I used to use a 8GB thumb drive for a long time. You'll at least be able to test drive it that way. I bought 5 thumb drives, tried them out and took the 4 slowest back. You can always return it if you don't like it.

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    If you do go ahead and and partition like bigjat69 said I got a little tip for ya.
    After you have added your games with WBFS manager (or similar) go back into your disk manager (where you performed the partitioning) and remove the drive letter.
    This will stop the annoying "do you want to format drive X:" pop up each time you insert the drive into your computer.

    I partitioned my 1.5tb hard drive and aint looked back yet.
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    Thanks for the tips guys! Just to be clear, I do need to format and erase the stuff on the hard drive to make the partition for Wii? And I did some Google searches and couldn't find the guide('s) your talking about (I think), Would you mind posting a link? The thumb drive idea sounds good but is just a bit too much work to swap games for me haha. Thanks again!!

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    The usb guide in my signature will get your games going, but also erase all the information on your drive in the process.

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    You only need to delete some info of your drive to make room for the games
    I have 100gb partitioned just for wii games, I have 25 installed at this point and i have used around half of the 100gb
    I dont have a link for any tutorials but ill try my best to explain. (this is a windows explanation sorry I dont have knowledge on any other OS)


    If you want to keep the data you got on your hard drive and have some free space do this:

    I will assume you have 100gb free on your hard drive but any amount of free space will do.

    • Right click "My Computer" and select Manage.
    • Click disk management in left window pane
    • In the window on the left you should see your external hard drive
    • select your hard drive then right click it.
    • select shrink
    • then you need to enter the size of the new partition you want to create (in MB) so 100gb is 102400 (100 x 1024)
    • you now have a new partition, right click it and select "new simple volume"
    • Click next to accept the size that you created (you could change this number if you want more than 1)
    • then choose a letter to assign to the new partition and click next
    • select do not format and then click finish
    • you can now use this drive letter in WBFS to add games to it just remember to format the drive in WBFS manager.


    After you have added the games you can plug into the wii and enjoy.

    Optional: If you want you can remove the drive letter by right clicking and selecting "change drive drive letter and paths" and deleting the drive letter.


    By doing the above you will keep the data on your hard drive minus the small amount you may of needed to move to free up space, if you performed the optional step you will not get an annoying pop-up asking if you want to format the drive each time you insert it into your computer. When you are going to add more game via WBFS manager be sure to add a drive letter before you go into WBFS manager as it will not recognise a drive with no drive letter.
    Hope this helps
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    Okay cool thanks again, I couldn't find the "shrink" button, but I looked around and saw it was a vista thing. I found a program that can create a partition and do everything I needed online called paragon disk manager. Now when I make the partition, do I make it fat32? or wbfs? And if it is wbfs, how do I make it that? Another program?

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    when creating the partition do not format it, if done correctly it should say that it is "RAW" if it says "NTFS" or "FAT" you will have to unformat it.
    WBFS is a file system for the wii it is what your drive will be formatted to after you install WBFS Manager (google or search)
    WBFS manager is a program for your pc/computer it has the ability of correctly formatting your partition to WBFS and adding game iso's the the drive.
    WBFS manager will only format a drive if it is unformatted i.e in RAW format.

    WBFS Tutorial - if you click on the link "USB Loading" that junkmail has kindly put in his signature you will find a section on WBFS manager follow that guide that will help you work WBFS manager.
    there is a download link for WBFS manager in the preparation section of that tutorial.

    hope you find what you need there.
    Last edited by GMD; 07-17-2010 at 05:02 PM. Reason: adding more info
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