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    Question Ohhh confused, dizzy n00b stuck on the hard drive formatting options

    Hi

    Thanks to MauiFrog's excellent guide, My Wii-hacking appears to have been a great success. But now I am really confused about creating an external HDD.

    First off, let me say, I could operate this external hdd from a PC but I'm a mac user and I control all my other files and projects from a Mac, so I'd like to do this from a Mac.

    I found this thread for converting an external HDD to WBFS and the appropriate manager software: http://www.wiihacks.com/how-tutorial...ing-guide.html

    But I'm a little confused about a few things:

    Every time I see a Mac formatting thread, it says to format an entire drive to FAT32. The link I posted then goes on to explain how to convert that FAT32 drive to WBFS. The PC-oriented threads talk about having 2 partitions, one for FAT32 (for homebrew channel stuff) and one for WBFS (for Wii backups). Why don't the Mac guides say this? It seems I'm told to do an entire drive in FAT32 then convert it to WBFS.

    I have an existing 1TB external HDD with 3 partitions, 2 of which I'm not using right now. I'm using one partition for Time Machine. Do I have to convert an entire HDD? Can I not make use of the other two partitions by converting them?

    And finally, I want to play nes/snes/gba backups. Is that all done from Homebrew? And so doesn't that mean I must have FAT32 partition in addition to the WBFS partition?

    Sorry, I'm very confused right now. I hope that made sense and I hope someone can straighten me out. Also, if someone wants to tell me that doing this on a Mac is very impractical and I should use a PC instead, will do.
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    you can run games off of a fat32 partition...
    I think the hbc only sees the first partition...not exactly sure on this though
    and you don't have to have a WBFS partition...it's preference
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    A wbfs file can be used on a fat32 partition? What's the advantage of wbfs partition? Was it more efficient, was that what I read?

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    No advantages to formatting to WBFS. FAT32 is recommended and the file type used is .wbfs. Read the FAT32 guide in my signature for more info.

    And finally, I want to play nes/snes/gba backups. Is that all done from Homebrew? And so doesn't that mean I must have FAT32 partition in addition to the WBFS partition?
    You can do everything from FAT32 and only one thing with WBFS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krank
    No advantages to formatting to WBFS. FAT32 is recommended and the file type used is .wbfs. Read the FAT32 guide in my signature for more info.

    You can do everything from FAT32 and only one thing with WBFS.

    Ty! I can't read ur sig from iPhone app but will when I get home. Can I format an existing partition on my existing Mac formatted drive to fat32? Is it true that it has to be the "first" partition?

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    For USB Loaders (Cfg at least) no it does not need to be "first" partition... possibly for homebrew apps though, but I have never tried it.
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    oh yeah, cause you can select which partition
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    oh cool well i'll give it a try with using on partition of my drive then, rather than opening this drive i just bought at best buy. Thank you for helping me out with this confusion. Now to read that fat32 guide.

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    Update: It appears that I cannot take an existing mac journaled hdd partition and convert it properly for this. I can create a FAT32 partition but I cannot create a master boot record for it, or so it appears. I'll have top crack open that newly purchased drive after all.

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    Update: It appears I can create a FAT32 partition and master boot record, then make the second partition Mac OS extended journaled, but I had to erase and start from scratch, which is quite okay.

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