Sorry for the slow response. I actually posted a nice, long-winded response yesterday from my laptop and 3G modem but after I hit reply wiihacks said my session had timed out... I didn't feel like going through it all again just then!
Yeah, an old Englishman taught me the word 'grock' years ago; I liked it so much it stuck with me, but I rarely get to use it in casual conversation so I was happy to throw it out there in this case!
As for piracy, I apologize, I didn't mean to imply piracy as being acceptabie, I was highlighting that I was working with multiple iso's so we didn't get stuck on thinking one was corrupt. I actually own every game for which I have an iso, just with 4 young kids, they've become little more than drink coasters over the years, so I've obtained iso's from various sources over the years so I could continue to play those games.
Also, when I said that the WODE was purported to be a modchip, I guess that was my misunderstanding. Between reading the disclaimer on the WODE Jukebox home page and reading reviews where WODE is listed with other modchips I made the assumption that WODE is considered a modchip and thus assumed some things regarding it's operation.
So, I thought (perhaps still think) I was making some progress on the whole iso/WODE thing. When I first posted, to your question about seeing the drive, I was using an SD card formatted in NTFS. I used the WODE ripping feature to rip a game to it and it worked fine. I then copied one of the iso's I have to it and the WODE wouldn't see it, probably becuase it's not a 1:1 copy. The test iso on the SD card also works fine.
Next, I took a thumb drive and used WBFS Manager to format it as a WBFS volume and then covert two of the afore mentioned iso images onto the drive. Plugged that into the WODE and they worked fine. I could list the games and mount them up to play them. Sweet! I then went into the ripping function of the WODE to rip the same original disk as I did to the NTFS formatted drive. It was here I found that the WODE could not find any R/W drives; I suspect this may be that I didn't select .wbfs as the target format. I'll check that when I get home this evening.
So... I'm closer and I think I'm getting it. The evenutal dream goal is to configure the WODE to access a WBFS partition off a windows machine on my network via wifi and also have a USB drive with several games on it so I can take the wii on the road with me. I doubt I'll be able to get windows to share the WBFS partition, but hey, it's the dream.
My spec's are:
Wii Console Region: NTSC
Wii System Menu Version: 4.2u
Approx Age of Wii:4 years
Wii Dvd Drive Model: D2C
Any Softmods Installed: None
Wode Firmware Version: 2.5b
Wode FPGA Version: 2.00
Wode HW Version: 1
Wode Menu Settings: Not sure what we're looking for here...
ISO's / MEDIA
.iso or .wbfs: either
Make of Hard Drive (note how it is powered) or SD Card: Transcend SD card, Kingston thumbdrive
Number/Size of partitions and format of each on your HD or SD Card and if any have worked / been recognized in the past.
FLAT MODE (physical disks)
backup or original: both
DVD drive type: D2C
Media type (manufacturer, +/-R): Verbatim
Spyman - when you say I can create a new iso from the burned DVD's; wouldn't that simply create an iso identical to the iso I used to create the backup disk? I have that iso, but I believe it's been decrypted and that's why the WODE doesn't like it?