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    Discussion: File and Folder naming rules for game backups (cfg usb loader compatible)

    This is for cfg usb loader 70 - as time goes by and new versions are released this may be out of date.

    This is a ‘what do you think’ post- please share your related thoughts.



    I believe the best way to name and organize your backup files would be to make them look like this:

    F:\wbfs\Ghostbusters The Video Game [RGQE70].wbfs

    1 Start with the Games Text label (its alpha numeric name)
    2 Followed by the code number in bracket like this [code]
    3 Followed by the extension (wbfs / iso / etc)
    4 Do not use any periods - dashes - underlines or any odd characters unless it is part of the official game name.<br>
    5 Do not abbreviate the name (unless the game title itself does - like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a game titled TMNT )
    6 use one space between each word and one space between the name and the code.

    I have browsed the tutorials - FAQ's and tried a few advanced searches; The only relevant post is "CFG USB Loader not showing all of my games?" http://www.wiihacks.com/software-bac...-my-games.html which does not go into any helpful details. - Basically he tried to rename his backup file and it failed to work because he did not put the code with brackets into his new name.

    No matter the method used to get your game file we all have had the issue of "What should I name it?" There are various programs to convert them from one format to another ( iso -wbfs etc) but if they are not properly named - the loader will not identify them and you will not be able to load them. Each different program offers multiple methods of naming – if only each program would only offer one standard method… but they don’t…

    If there were a set of 'official naming rules' posted on a prominent site like this -- maybe eventually people would adopt them and life would be a bit easier for us who want to best organize our collections.

    The only 'set in stone / writing rule' that is posted in the tutorials - is that you must have a folder named 'wbfs' to put the games in. Though it may be a simple solution to place your 5 to 20 games in that folder - what do you do when you have hundreds of games and want to keep them sorted inside of your own personal folders UNDER the wbfs folder? (primarily for easy access using your pc explorer)

    It can be done. -- Sometimes.

    Part 1 - FILE NAME ISSUES


    Part 2 - FOLDER ISSUES






    Anyone else with good questions please ask away

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    If you have any feedback let me see it!

    Thanks for reading.

    -Draconia
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    I always assumed my games were named correctly after my loader ripped the original disc to my hdd. I am wrong? I would think to leave them at what they are or you will have problems.

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    yes if you rip them using the wii it creates the files with subdirectory, and if you use a game manager for eg wii game manager you can create the iso to wbfs with subdirectory
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    I agree that would be a good idea - but there are countless examples online of people ripping their game - then converting it to iso - or to wbfs - then to a rar - then before you know it the file name is all screwy...

    Example -
    I have Wii Backup Manager by Alexdb 2.5 (hosted by wiinewz.com ) -- it can only handle wbfs formatted drives - and it does not give you multiple naming options...

    But I also have a different software program: Wii Backup Manager 0.3.6 build 48 by Fig It lets you read all kinds of hard drive formats - and it has multiple naming options for how you want the file.

    Also for those who access the files available online (through methods that should not be discussed) you would see a huge variety of file names...


    Playerkp420 - and Peire - which loader / manager do you prefer to use? (and do you know how it names the files?)

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    I personally use Wii Backup Manager 0.3.8 for all of my games. In it's settings menu, you can set the naming style. It gives you the option to update the storage convention when mounting the drive, of which I have selected. This way, no matter how I rip the game, no matter how the file is named, as soon as the drive is mounted all file names are converted to the same format. A quick and simple way to make everything uniform.

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    i use cfg loader v70 and when or if i need to use a game manager i use wii game manager, i have a guide HERE how to use it
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    Nice guide you have posted - though when I use your name settings in conversion (gameid_game title.wbfs) - I get file names that look like this: SFGE69_Family Game Night 4.wbfs and the usb loader can not read them... I have to rename them and put brackets around the code so that it would read [SFGE69] Family Game Night 4.wbfs (Though if I have to rename it I'd rather have the name up front with the code at the end)

    It does not appear that this program can properly put the names in the front - with the code at the end - inside of brackets...

    With only check boxes available and limited options... would be nice if future versions had either NO options (just a standard method) or a text based system with variables...

    Are you saying that your Wii can play a game title with CODE_NAME.wbfs? -- (no brackets) mine does not identify them at all...

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    yes my wii plays them fine as they are
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    I've noticed a newer version of 'Wii Backup Manager Build 78' is available Wii Backup Manager I'm going to play with it and see if it does different things to my filenames... I suppose some of you are using newer software than I am; perhaps the newer version using its different game database website could give better (more compatible) results.



    Version Changes



    =Edit

    A little while after installing the NEW software version - the automatically exported file names all look like they 'should' - the two older software versions I mentioned earlier do not export proper usable file names... Now using this program my wii can properly read all the newly converted iso's - and I do not have to mess with the file names...


    For those using other software - you may have to still manually adjust the filenames as I noted in the first post to include the Name and bracketed game code.wbfs

    I'm still curious to know answers to the above questions - perhaps an updated wii usb loader software would fix that end of it...
    Last edited by Draconia; 12-22-2011 at 11:57 AM.

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    Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly.

    When I rip a game using my wii from my loader the file structure looks like this:

    G:wbfs/game title [gameid]/gameid.wbfs

    Now when I use Wii Backup Manager the structure is the exact same way.

    I don't understand what the need to rename any files. Are you renaming the .wbfs file? Or are you renaming the folder that the .wbfs file is in? Which from what I can tell either way I do it, they make the folder the way you say you want it with the game title first.

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