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    SD to HDD, WBFS to Fat32 and everything inbetween

    Hey guys,

    I am pretty new to all this stuff, and I have successfully modded my wii with the following guide - (http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...d-any-wii.html)
    New 3.1-4.1 Softmod for ANY wii.

    Now before I go any further, I have done quiet some reading into the subject of wii modifications all before I did mine, I was very careful about not bricking it. As it was a present and I wanted to make it right for me and the kid.

    So after completing the guide to softmod my Wii, I had a spare USB hdd, so I formated it to WBFS and I have loaded several games on it, all good not a problem.

    Now.... I want to make it FAT32 to take advantage of the FAT32 abilities --- I have followed the guide (http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...g-playing.html) to do this - I have actually done the FAT32 format and worked out how to use the Wii backup manager and all is well, I have actually loaded some ISO's onto it and tested it using USB Loader etc, all is good, they are displayed in the USB Loader ready to play.

    I have also installed Homebrew channel install browser thing, and have installed a couple of media players with some channels (forwarders??), Namely, WiiMC, FTP Server etc. I also installed the Emulator for Nintendo games FCE Ultra (But have no games because I have not put them on my SD card, but want to put them on my HDD and make it work from there instead). (Hence making it FAT32... I also want to set this up to use FTP so I can simply transfer games from PC to Wii over FTP instead of having to disconnect the hard drive and move it to PC everytime. (Not 100% sure this is the right way about it just yet, so bare with me!)

    Now.... How do I go about actually getting rid of my SD card from my Wii and making it all run on my FAT32 HDD???

    Is it safe to just copy and paste the lot onto my HDD or do I need to make a special folder like wbfs ???

    Will my channel and loaders etc work?

    Also, do I really need Neogamma? I've never used it, I have the WAD manager and all the rest of it, I am a bit of a pedantic kind of person and like to have only what I need to have etc. - How do I go about getting rid of the stuff that I no longer need and how do I know what is safe to remove since the actual initial installation??? I have backed up the NAND onto another PC just to be on the safe side and removed it from the SD also. But I have all the other stuff on it as well. + the Artwork from the USB Loader thingy too!

    Well..... if there's anything else I can think of to ask I will surely add it on.

    If anyone is interested in helping me out please don't hesitate, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Cheers,

    VB,
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    Hopefully this is the short answer you need... yes, you should be able to cut and paste the contents of your SD card onto your HDD in fat32 format. Forwarder files will (generally) check SD:/apps, then it will check USB:/apps after. You can load apps from the HDD in homebrew channel the same as you would from an SD card (although you may need to hit 1 and select "Hard Drive" as opposed to SD, but probably not).

    If all of your backup needs are being met from USB, then you can get rid of Neogamma if you really feel as though you will not need it, just keep in mind that you (as of this posting) cannot load Gamecube backups from USB, and can only use disc, and Neogamma is the better way to do that.

    And on a personal note, fat32 is by and far the way to go (even though i use fat32 and NTFS, personal choice, multimedia storage) so you are making the right choice. Keep following guides on this site, and you should be fine.
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    Thanks mate.

    Thank you very much summersyn that pretty well sums it up nicely for me.

    However I had the same idea in mind, using the HDD space to store multimedia files on, do you use NTFS due to FAT32's limitations with files exceeding 4GB in size? A good blueray rip is usually more. However I have come to the conclusion that most if not all the movies I get are under 4GB, I have yet to get one that has been bigger than 4. So on a side note I should be okay with just good ol plain FAT32. ---- Not to mention I don't think Wii's hardware is up to scratch to play the quality Blueray deserves? Poke me if I'm wrong but even playing some higher quality .avi's it's a bit choppy. (Perfect for SGU Episodes tho!)

    I have not yet played around with Gamecube games, I'd have thought they would have found a way to emulate these by now for sure, and store/play the games on the HDD.
    Maybe keeping the Neogamma is not such a bad idea then until something better comes along. ---- Does this mean that Gamecube games work from the SD but just not USB? Will look into that later on... one thing at a time.

    Alright well, I'll post my results once everything has been done.

    Cheers,

    VB,

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    About the Gamecube games, when the console enters Gamecube mode, it shuts off everything that the Gamecube did not have, which includes (among other things) the USB ports, the SD card slot, and the Bluetooth receiver. Progress has been made (slowly) but it is not a viable option as of yet.

    About NTFS, there are times when I need to move files from my PC to a friends PC, and sometimes they are over 4gb. If this is not an issue for you, then FAT32 is fine. If you decide to use both, I found it much easier to create the fat32 partition first, then the NTFS partition second (it seems to eliminate issues). You can load games from NTFS just like FAT32.
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    Ah..... so if what I am hearing is right....

    Supposely with a 1TB drive, 5GB for SD card contents (probably would never use it all but just to be safe) ---- Formated in FAT32 (As from what I've read HBC will only be read off FAT32 from either USB HDD or SD Card (Correct me if I'm wrong).

    And therefore the rest should be done with NTFS to allow for some crazy file sizes + games and all the rest of it, if need be. Yes? I do have quiet a few .iso's that exceed 4GB that are non-wii related but would be nice to be able to store on there to take advantage of the space etc.

    ----- Also, when transferring files from PC to Wii, is FTP the best way to go about this, or is there a SMB method of doing this? --- I like the idea of having a network drive attached into 'My Computer' where I can simply copy and paste stuff as it goes.

    I guess this is a bit of a never ending question/answer thread huh... hah - thanks for your time so far though Summersyn, much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    VB,
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    Watch the language, please edit above. I know it's small, but I don't want you getting in trouble.

    About the wiiFTP thing, it is an option, but it can be pretty slow. I personally keep a cable ran from my wii to my hdd, and another longer cable ran from my pc to my hdd, and attach as needed (but in my limited space, my pc is right next to my tv). You could give it a try, as it is a nice resource to have, but at a 54mbit/s connection wireless (at best) you will be transferring at nearly 7mb/s compared to (on even some low end drives) 20-30mb/s and above. By no means do you HAVE to have the NTFS format, just keep it in mind. There is a portion in my signature called NTFS, click the link, and read the guide on how to load from NTFS. It is not too different from the fat32 guide, but still good to know.
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    Hi, like you I have read these forums time and time again, I still class myself a newbee but I have now soft modded 4 wii's.
    The best solution I have found is say to divide your 1tb hdd in two. One fat32 drive and the other Ntfs.(500gb x2).
    You can then put all Wii related stuff ( games , apps homebrew stuff ) on the fat32 partition, I have found this works far better with Wiiflow as I found since updating to Wiiflow 2.2 my Ntfs partition crashed more often.
    Now wiiflow hardly ever crashes.
    You can then use the other Ntfs partition for media files ( ideal for stuff over 4gb.)
    If you can, install a fresh wiiflow onto the fat 32 partition instead of transferring everything from the sd card, this will load a new .ini file telling the Wii to look at the USB drive instead of the sd card.
    All this stuff can drive you crazy but it's worth it in the end.
    Hope this helps a little.....

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    What can I delete, or what is safe to delete? I want to keep it organised.

    Thanks!

    This is my SD-CARD contents. ---> Currently moving to FAT32 partition external USB HDD



    03/03/2010 10:44 PM 8,240 hacks.ini
    27/12/2010 06:18 PM 10,976 installer.log
    05/07/2009 12:29 PM 1,612,608 IOS15-64-v257.wad
    04/07/2009 12:47 PM 1,912,768 IOS15-64-v266.wad
    04/07/2009 01:23 PM 1,771,552 IOS36-64-v3094.wad
    18/01/2010 04:47 PM 1,937,264 IOS38-64-v3867.wad
    31/01/2011 05:06 PM 1,024 keys.bin
    31/01/2011 05:10 PM 553,649,152 nand.bin
    18/01/2011 10:48 PM 626 sysCheckGX.log
    18/01/2011 10:48 PM 1,130 sysCheckGX.txt
    31/01/2011 05:10 PM <DIR> apps
    21/10/2009 02:01 PM <DIR> codes
    31/01/2011 05:10 PM <DIR> config
    31/01/2011 05:10 PM <DIR> fceugx
    31/01/2011 05:10 PM <DIR> images
    31/01/2011 05:10 PM <DIR> NeoGamma
    31/01/2011 05:10 PM <DIR> private
    21/10/2009 02:01 PM <DIR> txtcodes
    31/01/2011 05:06 PM <DIR> wad
    30/09/2009 03:16 AM 1,512,768 boot.elf
    31/01/2011 05:24 PM <DIR> wbfs
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