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    Hey,
    I'm new to this thread. New to the Wii(yup, i know) and new to softmodding/hacking in general. My apologies if this has been answered in another thread. I've done quite a bit of searching and i've read through alot before posting my questions.
    There a few things I dont understand. First of all, do all Wii games have fixed sizes? because I saw there was a thread for sizes of wii games 'after scrubbing' (would also like to know what that means)
    I'm quite familiar with PSP homebrewing and this has a few similarities i guess but i also dont want to apply the same PSP principles with it.
    About running games from a HDD, do I have to get a USB HDD solely dedicated to the Wii or can I just use the one I use on a daily basis.
    If I use my iPod, would it affect my songs?

    Sorry they're so random lol. If you have other general tips for a newbie please post.Will be very much appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
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    when you use USB HDD your wii game gets scrubbed through WBFS Manager to a smaller size than 4.7 GB standard wii game size

    you can download a scrubbed wii game which is much smaller example 2.1gb then run it through WiiBackupManager to convert back to ISO and then put on USB HDD

    the other advantage of USB HDD is you can also put AVI movies on the other partition FAT32 and watch them through the wii


    i have used a sata p.c drive i dont use anymore just got a USB external case and use it on the wii work's a treat

    you can use any HDD as long as you format right
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotthedog View Post
    when you use USB HDD your wii game gets scrubbed through WBFS Manager to a smaller size than 4.7 GB stranded wii game size

    you can download a scrubbed wii game which is much smaller example 2.1gb then run it through WiiBackupManager to convert back to ISO and then put on USB HDD

    the other advantage of USB HDD is you can also put AVI movies on the other partition FAT32 and watch them through the wii


    i have used a sata p.c drive i dont use anymore just got a USB external case and use it on the wii work's a treat

    you can use any HDD as long as you format right
    I wouldnt say you can use any hdd. Here is a compatability list http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...lity-list.html

    Use this guide to softmod your wii http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html
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    Thanks. already seen that though.
    but do I have to format the drive? I have lots of videos on it that I need. Can I backup and restore? and use one partition for the Wii and another for my personal use?
    Also I just found out my System Menu version is 3.4E. Is that very old and should I update before softmodding?
    To be honest, i'm a sucker for updating and having the latest features. Any advice?

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    there's no need to update as long as you have al the latest installs your find on 3.4
    if everything works no need to change anything

    and what ever you do NEVER update via nintendo to 4.3 big BIG NO NO NO NO

    remember when you do format and partition drive on HDD make sure you got enough space for movies

    and as far as i know any HDD will work the compatability list is only a guide
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    Sorry spotthedog, you don't get a cookie for today. There are plenty of hard drives that arn't compatable and won't work no matter what you do. If every HDD worked then we wouldn't have the need for a compatibility guide. Here is a more in depth list to the compatibility issues with a good ammount of HDDs: USB Devices Compatibility List - WikiTemp

    ibro, you should follow the 3.1-4.1 guide and update to 4.1 so you can get priiloader on there. A must have application. 4.1 is the last update that included any good features for the end user, 4.2 and 4.3 were just made to battle homebrew on the Wii.

    You could also partition that drive, but it can be a bit of a process to get it working properly. There is a guide on the forum on how to partition your hardrive for multiple partition use.
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    was after a scoobie snack mate im yet to here of a HDD that dont work as long as you format and partition it in the correct manner why would it not work....?

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    Cause the Wii has a problem communicating with some controller chips that the HDD enclosures use. There are many many apps that won't support certain HDDs as well, so it's not all the fault of the Wii.

    An apparently you havn't been in the scene a long time. I've come across many many drives/enclosures that just plain out wont work. Thumbdrives being the biggest culprit though.

    The wii is not a computer [although I shouldn't say that as you can run specialised versions of linux on the console] and was never really meant to nativly support a USB HDD, although they do use some HDDs in their consoles they donate to hospitols and at kiosks in major cities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotthedog View Post
    there's no need to update as long as you have al the latest installs your fine on 3.4
    Not to mention, 3.4 isn't supported by our guides --- follow the 3.1-4.1 any Wii one, you'll get to 4.1 safely if you follow directions.

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