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    Couple of quick questions.

    Just wanted to say hi, I'm waiting for my new(used) wii to get here off ebay, had to sell my old one a couple years ago due to a year long unemployment stint. Anyways, I kept all the games cause I was planning on getting another one eventually, I got an old 2006 white model coming so I know I should be be able to do basically anything on it. My 2nd computer actually has a compat LG drive so been getting the games ripped in wbfs format to add them to my extra compat HD, got an encolsure coming as well.

    Until I actually go through the mod process, I only have 2 easy questions while i'm doing the leg work while it's shipping.

    1. I'm using a split partition main part formatted in wbfs manager for the games, 2nd part is fat32 for apps and all. Question is how big should the fat32 partition be If I wanted to load with all the bells and whistles like all the emulators and all? 10gb? 20? no idea how much space that stuff will take up.


    2. When I am ready to mod, can I load the mod stuff on the fat32 and do it that way? Or do you absolutely have to use a SD card? I got one shipping as well since all mine are like incompatible.

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    I have to say a couple of things. First of all, don't use WBFS. You'll regret it later for how inconvenient it is. It is a very outdated and obsolete file system. 'Back then', WBFS was the only way to go, but with the advancements in wii hacking, it is no longer necessary - thanks to the ability to use FAT32/NTFS now.

    Just stick to FAT32 or NTFS. And if you do decide to use FAT32/NTFS, in my opinion there is no reason to split a HD into multiple partitions. 1 FAT32/NTFS partition is good enough and you can store anything else you want to on it, not just limited to Wii game backups.

    SD card is required for the hacking of your Wii. You'll see why once you read the guide (I assume you will follow the softmod any wii guide here).

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    +1 to abandon wbfs.

    I differ a bit on the split partitions though. Initially i got my games working nicely on a 1TB NTFS partition. Once I was ready to tackle emulators I found out really quick that most emulators were not interested in reading data off of ntfs. I didn't want to have to split my games over 4gb, so i decided to do a fat32/ntfs split. I made my fat32 30gb for the following reasons:
    1. Didn't want to have to expand it if i eventually got enough apps and roms, 30gb is more than enough for me.
    2. Wanted to leave my options for nand emulation (AFAIK fat32 only) and that could take up to a couple gb.
    3. It's a 1TB hd, I will NEVER have enough games to fill that up, so I'm ok spending 30gb now on fat32 to avoid the pain of re-partitioning in the future.

    Couple of notes:
    Dual partitions did cause a bit of a headache to setup, but once i got things configured correctly it works well. Make sure fat32 is your 1st partition, it's primary and it is set to active. Also, for whatever reason with my one hd, homebrew channel, will not read apps on my fat32 partition. Channel forwards work so I'm ok with that. The other hd has no issues.

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    Odd, and seemingly uncommon... which emulators were problematic? I used FCE Ultra GX, Snes9X GX, Wii64 for 1 game, and WiiSX for 1 game, all without a hitch on my NTFS HDD.

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    thanks for the replies, glad i haven't done the paritioning and copying yet. so would it be best to go with a full fat32 or ntfs format? any real advantages to either?

    [edit] nvm i think i see from the previous post. if a iso/wbfs file is over 4gb on a fat32 it has to be split? then i guess a split would be better, only using a 300gb since i had it just laying around collecting dust. so i guess i'll do 20gb for the fat and rest to ntfs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gamer89420 View Post
    Odd, and seemingly uncommon... which emulators were problematic? I used FCE Ultra GX, Snes9X GX, Wii64 for 1 game, and WiiSX for 1 game, all without a hitch on my NTFS HDD.
    Now that's interesting.... All three of those refuse to read settings off of my NTFS Usb devices. When first looking up my issues and found some posts saying that nfts isn't supported very well so i gave up. You had me convinced I was just stupid and missed some of the USB related settings in the emulators. I deleted my fat32 partition, and expanded the ntfs to take up the whole drive and NO LUCK! Made sure it was active, tried on two different Wiis, all 3 emus all will only give errors that the usb device doesn't exist. HBC won't list apps on it either. I think i'll create another thread to investigate this further.

    Sorry OP, didn't mean to hijack your thread. I guess unless your hard drive is well documented on the compatibility list, you might just have to try and see. Personally I've found the EASEUS Partition manager recommended by some of the guides to be particularly helpful in managing the multiple partitions. I think your 20GB should be good enough, and consider about 2.5 GB per Wii game on your ntfs partition you should have some room for all the games you buy and back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjames74 View Post
    thanks for the replies, glad i haven't done the paritioning and copying yet. so would it be best to go with a full fat32 or ntfs format? any real advantages to either?

    [edit] nvm i think i see from the previous post. if a iso/wbfs file is over 4gb on a fat32 it has to be split? then i guess a split would be better, only using a 300gb since i had it just laying around collecting dust. so i guess i'll do 20gb for the fat and rest to ntfs.
    Yes it has to be split, however a backup manager will auto do that for you, and the usb loaders know how to properly read them. Its up to to you on how you want to do it, there are guides on how to do both. Yes, you will need a SD card to softmod it, and its recommended to put your apps on the sd card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maikhorma View Post
    Now that's interesting.... All three of those refuse to read settings off of my NTFS Usb devices. When first looking up my issues and found some posts saying that nfts isn't supported very well so i gave up. You had me convinced I was just stupid and missed some of the USB related settings in the emulators. I deleted my fat32 partition, and expanded the ntfs to take up the whole drive and NO LUCK! Made sure it was active, tried on two different Wiis, all 3 emus all will only give errors that the usb device doesn't exist. HBC won't list apps on it either. I think i'll create another thread to investigate this further.
    sorry. my apologies. but actually I think I ran wiisx and wii64 game from sd card, and fce ultra gx games from network share. not sure about snes but I wouldn't doubt that it WASN'T from my NTFS drive either. not sure how I could be wrong 3 out of 3 times.

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