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    Cloning disk with WBFS Manager and formatting issues

    Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere on the forum. (I did numerous searches here and on Google, but couldn't find a specific answer to my problem).

    I'm very confused by the whole formatting issue for starters especially when it comes to disc cloning with WBFS.

    First off, I have successfully got disk 1 set up properly by formatting the drive to NTSC and making the disc primary partition and active. (I'm on Windows 7 and it is a 250 GB Maxtor SATA HD). I then formatted the whole drive (within WBFS manager) to WBFS format. I added all the iso game files to the drive and it runs flawlessly with all the USB loaders when I plug it into the Wii.

    My problem began when trying to prepare another disk and cloning to a new drive.

    This is a Western Digital 250 GB Sata drive.

    I formatted the whole disk as NTFC, primary and Active. I then used Disk manager to shrink the volume by half. The other half I formatted again and made it Primary and Active (both still NTFC as Windows 7 doesn't give me any other options).

    N.B. I thought it would be a good idea to have half the disk NTSC to save all my iso files and the other half WBFS for the Wii.

    I then opened up WBFS and formatted one of the partitions and then plugged in the other drive that has my original games and working perfectly into the drive, loaded it up and then cloned the entire working disk to the other.

    It took about 2 hours to complete.

    I then put the cloned drive into the Wii and that's where I hit problems.

    None of the USB loaders see it at all.

    What have I done wrong?
    Last edited by muzicstar; 11-18-2010 at 11:15 AM.

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    Have you set the actual games partition to primary and active....


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    The wbfs partition must be the first one or it will not work. Make sure you made the first partition wbfs.
    Even better would be do switch it all to fat32, then you don't have those issues. I just switched mine out last night and it was very easy to do.

    FAT32 Hard Drives - Formatting, Loading, Ripping, Playing

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    [QUOTE]The wbfs partition must be the first one or it will not work. Make sure you made the first partition wbfs.
    Even better would be do switch it all to fat32, then you don't have those issues. I just switched mine out last night and it was very easy to do.[\quote]

    First off, I'm on Windows 7. So no chance of Fat 32 format.

    And still don't know how to make one partition overrule another.

    [QUOTE]1Like I said....I made two partitions....both NTFS initially, and one WBFS formatted. No problems in recognising it at all. Cloned the whole drive.................but nothing reading.

    FAT32 Hard Drives - Formatting, Loading, Ripping, Playing[\QUOTE]

    Can I format to Fat 32 in Windows 7?

    And if so, how?
    Last edited by muzicstar; 11-18-2010 at 01:22 PM.

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    Yeah, did you read the guide? Use the main option if you have x86 and use the alt option if you have x64.
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    Skellinator has given you a link in bold to the fat32 guide. Any questions relating to the guide should be asked there. Cheers


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    Yes but AFTER reading the guide, and please don't just post the same question in the guide as you posted here.
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    Guide to what, Krank?

    It doesn't help me with Windows 7 and being unable to format in Fat 32.

    It also doesn't help me after I do that with the cloning one drive to another.

    N.B. Certainly not from a newbies point of view. I mean where exactly are newbies to be directed in that jungle?

    Anyway, it seems like when I tried to edit my post to correct what I was saying, it got messed up.

    That said, the links haven't helped me at all.

    But sorry for messing up on when trying to correct my own editing.

    So how do I get around this Fat 32 problem on Windows 7?

    Because it seems so long as I can do this, I will have a cloned drive that will work flawlessly?
    Last edited by Krank; 11-18-2010 at 01:43 PM. Reason: triple post

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    It doesn't help me with Windows 7 and being unable to format in Fat 32.
    Any of the formatting options in the guide will work for formatting to FAT32 with Win7 32bit (x86).

    It seems you are confused because you asked one question and got an unrelated answer (was just a suggestion to format to FAT32).

    That being said, if you don't understand the guide then don't follow it.
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    Okay...once I've got the format corrected, will this sort out the clone problem in WBFS?

    And will the USB loaders see it the same as the original drive?

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