How to convert from WBFS to FAT32 or NTFS

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    emmanu888 4 years and still going strong

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    thanks for this tutorial i was able to convert flawlessly my wbfs partition to a fat32 one now im able to have my wii and gc games on my external hdd


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    I've had a WBFS drive for years for my Wii games. I've always been put off converting the drive as if it's not broke, don't fix it. With the advent of GC loading from USB I was running two USB drives which was a pain in the arse. I read up on this tool, within 10 minutes it's all done a FAT32 drive with all my games intact, no fuss!. How simple that was. Thanks again to the author, superb work!
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    I opted out of auto-rename (dumb idea, I see), and every single one of my games is a *.0 - there's no .1, .2, etc. Does that mean I rename every file to a .wbfs extension? Thank you so much for your help!

    Edit: I changed one to .wbfs just to experiment, and USB Loader GX (latest version) saw it. However, when I run it, the Wii just goes back to the HBC. Any idea what I could be doing wrong? Thanks again!
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    yes renaming them all to .wbfs and moving them to the /wbfs folder should do the trick

    perhaps your cios is to old for fat32, maby try cios d2x
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    Seems odd that the games would appear, but not run. But I'm downloading it now to give it a try! I have to wait for my drive to finish copying (in case I end up reverting back to a WBFS partition), but I'll try d2x first and report back. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    I've got a 500GB USB HDD with a decent-sized (probably 32GB, can't remember) FAT32 partition for homebrew and a WBFS partition (the rest of the drive, probably over 400GB I think) for Wii backups.

    People keep saying that WBFS is "dead" or "dangerous", so I am wondering if I should switch the drive to a single FAT32 or NTFS partition or something.

    I keep reading that FAT32 is the way to go, but I'm also reading that it's dangerous and/or difficult to do FAT32 over 32GB. Obviously I don't want to limit myself to one or more 32GB partitions on a 500GB drive.

    What are people's recommendations?
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    Its not dangerous or difficult to create a fat32 partition >32GB, the only problem is that you have to use a 3rd party tool to do it.
    As wbfs2fat will do that its not a problem here.
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    I'm unclear on the tutorial after finding the WBFS drive and then clicking "convert to Fat32. Are there any steps after this that I need to do? I would like to be sure before I go ahead with this. Thanks in advance for any help in the matter.
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    Great tutorial..converted my 500gb from wbfs to fat 32 easily
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    When I run the exe I get a command line box pop up momentarily and then....nothing. Am I doing something wrong? Running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1.
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    the box is normal
    it should show an additionanl window after some seconds

    try running from commandline
    that way should be able to read possible error messages
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    Psy,

    I used WBFS2FAT and converted my 1tb wbfs with backups. The execution went smoothly, but upon testing it, I found that around 70 of my backups have disappeared. The folders are still there but they read 0 bytes. The drive size still looks like the files are somewhere in there.

    I tried using the Restore Backup function but I get this:

    W2F: restoring Backup
    ERROR <type 'exceptions.IOError'>


    I tried using cygwin and the command you posted to restore the drive, but it still doesn't restore.

    I haven't written onto the drive or altered it, and I'm stumped as to what to do next. Any help is appreciated.

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    The way this works is pretty clever. I did it the slow, boring way of copying everything back and forth but had I known about this I would have used it.
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    restoring the backup is the best thing to do for now

    the ioerror is most likely windows refusing access to the drive
    cygwin being unable to access it too would fit with that
    you could try to close all other programs accessing the drive and running it (wbfs2wat or cygwin) as admin
    maybe even try to run it as "system" if you find a guide
    as a last resort you can use dd with a linux live cd or something like that
    I can write up a short guide if there is need

    I would be very interested in the backup file (or debug file) to analyse why some games where not converted
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    Thanks so MUCH for this program and tutorial PsyBlade! Picked up a 32GB SD card to load my GC backups onto but honestly that's an expensive option when I have 200GB free on a formerly formatted WBFS drive which had about 25 games on it. Ran the program and in like not even a minute all was converted. Copied over my games from my SD to the HDD and installed DIOS MIOS (non-LITE) and all runs perfectly.

    Saved me some money and a shitload of hassle having to use the SD. THANK YOU!
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    at that point nothing was written to the drive yet
    it still is at it was

    I guess this is the same type of corruption NewFang and LoloLakitu had
    I still don't know how to detect it in general
    but I can write a custom fix easily
    just upload the "wbfs2fat.debug" file somewhere
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    I uploaded a version that should work

    Mario Kart Black seemed to include a lot of bogus data that is now ignored. should work fine but check that game for errors afterward
    Skyward Sword shares a lot of blocks (121) with other games (list follows), check it to. If it is ok the rest is not. If it is not no the rest might be.

    shared blocks / game
    1 R2TE41
    1 R3OE01
    1 R3RE8P
    1 R3SE52
    1 R7EE8P
    1 RBHE08
    1 RBKE69
    1 RDGEA4
    1 RDSJAF
    1 RGTE41
    1 RIJE69
    1 RK2EEB
    1 RKFEH4
    1 RKME5D
    1 RMUE52
    1 RNCEH4
    1 RNEEDA
    1 RNZE69
    1 RRKE70
    1 RS2EGJ
    1 RSHE69
    1 RT4JAF
    1 RX9P69
    1 SB3E08
    1 SFUE64
    1 SNCE8P
    1 ST5E52
    1 SXFE52
    2 RB7E54
    2 RBLJ8P
    2 RKLEG9
    2 RLKEGY
    2 RNSE69
    2 RRZEGY
    2 RSTE64
    2 RWWE78
    3 ROYE41
    3 RVYE52
    14 RTDJES
    17 RBSJ08
    40 R4ZJ01
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    C:\Users\Vista pro\Desktop\dios mios\wit-v2.10a-r4118-cygwin\bin>wwt check
    ***** wwt: Wiimms WBFS Tool v2.10a r4118 cygwin - Dirk Clemens - 2012-10-10 **
    ***
    CHECK /dev/sdg1
    * Summary of WBFS Check: 651 errors found:
    206 used WBFS sectors marked as free!
    4 free WBFS sectors marked as used!
    403 WBFS sectors are used by 2 or more discs!
    38 invalid WBFS block references found!
    Total: 83 discs are invalid!

    I wrote "wwt check" to check the files.
    How do I fix it?
    Im not so used to comand line.

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