Can I have a NTFS, WBFS and FAT32 partition?

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  1. OriginalHamster
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    In the same HDD?
    I have 500gb HDD, partioned in:
    250gb NTFS
    250gb WBFS
    I tried of to add a FAT32 partition to my NTFS partition, with EASEUS, but it say it can´t make the partition, even when I specified only 50mb for the FAT32.
    I need that new FAT32 partition to store my roms, HBC emus only can see FAT formats it seems.
    Any idea why EASEUS don´t let do that new partition?, or should I try a different HDD partition setup?
     
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    That's no problem, you can have everything on one hdd. But why a wbfs partition? This error may comes because of the wbfs one.
     
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    Its possible to have these 3 partitions
    but you can't add a fat32 partition to a ntfs partition (that doesn't make sense at all)
    you have to remove the ntfs one fron your drive and then add a fat32 and a ntfs one to the drive

    but I dont see much use in that setup anyway
    why not simply use one or at least two partitions

    I simply use one fat32 for everything (hbc + usb-loader + emus + mediaplayer files)
    usb-loading works with all 3 and +4gb files are of no use (on the wii)
    why split the free space if it can be avoided
     
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    the WBFS one is for my Wii backups, I read that backups stored under NTFS give some problems.
     
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    just use fat32. It's much better.
     
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    I think he means resizing the NTFS partition to make way for the FAT32.

    I'd say the WBFS is the partition to blame if the software you're using can't recognize it. I'd try deleting the WBFS completely, making a FAT32 then a WBFS.
     
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    I don't think the wbfs partition is to blame
    If an unknown partition interfers with the creation/delition/resizing/etc of another partitions it must be a real crap software you are using
    all that needs to be done to handle unknown partitions is simply not touching them
     
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    But doesn´t FAT32 has a size limit?
     
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    the maximum filesystem size is not really relevant for you (2TiB)
    the file size is limited to 4GiB
    but wii games are automatically split by the loader/manager
    and other files that big are of no use on the wii anyway
     
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    WBFS is most likely to blame. IDK any partition manager that can properly recognize, move or resize a WBFS partition. To partition manager, the wbfs partition just looks like junk data and it has no clue how to handle it besides it being a quick-formatted type data.
     
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    Yes the manager does not know how to handle it. But it does not need to know.
    To create or delete a partition no filesystem support is needed.
    The partitioning tool I use (gnu fdisk) can't handle a single filesystem, yet manages to delete and create partitions perfectly well.

    Only moving and resizing does require fs support. And then only of the fs of the partition being resized or moved.
    All other partitions can savely be ignored.

    If the software can't do this its total crap.
     
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    EASEUS can see WBFS, in fact I made my initial WBFS/NTFS partition with it. For some reason it doesn´t let me resize NTFS to make the way for a FAT32.

    Anyway, if I format the whole HDD to FAT32, converting my WBFS files with PsyBlade tool, could I have problems to store +4gb files that are not Wii games? I will able to backup new disc Wii games through CFG USB Loader?
     
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    Games over 4gb will be simply split automatically, speed of the games is the same.
     
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    Oh, I forgot mention that I already had data written in both of my partitions, however I had enough size to resize the free space in them.
     
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    Did you get that figure out?

    1) Shrink first partition by about 10GB, it will create 10 GB unallocated space to the right.
    2) Move the first partition to the right by 10GB (then it will become second partition)
    3) Format first partition as FAT 32.

    Second step will take very long time (~15hours) with gparted; you could get gparted live CD to work on windows.

    Good luck!
     
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    Related question: I have a 1TB external drive. I partitioned it without formatting, then tried to format the new empty partition into FAT32 but it won't let me. Tried EASUS, it just freezes. Tried built-in windows formatting tool, it doesn't even give FAT32 as an option, only NTFS and exFAT. What can I do? Is there any way to play games from an NTFS-formatted partition?
     
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    Yup you can play from NTFS the same way you play from FAT32 . Just use Wii backup Manager to transfer the games to that partition .
     
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    personally I only used mkfs.vfat
    but iirc wbm can format to fat32 and there is also a tool called fat32formater
     
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    Minor deviation. I have OS-X and Gparted on Linux; they don't let me select the cluster size when I format in FAT 32; Uloader prefers cluster size 32 (or 32K, don't know what that mean), only windows one would give me. Should try PsyBlade tool.
     

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