For USB loading i believe you still need to have a DVDdrive in the unit to be seen by the OS of the wii.... but do not need to able to read disc's... It is not the same as the PS3!My question is will I have any problems, restrictions, etc. hacking and playing backup games/Wiiware/VC titles from an HDD with no or missing optical drive? I ask this because I know with a hacked PS3 it is recommended/required that you have any original game disc in the drive to play backups, and I was wondering if this is the case with the Wii.
You should take a look at the MAILBomb in the Softmod Any Wii Guide!!!