Can I make a wbfs partition that is not at the beginning?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by lilbro, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. lilbro

    lilbro Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    United States
    I want to skip the first 20 GB of my external hard drive. I tried filling the drive with a standard windows partioon and making another one for wbfs after it but none of the USB loader would see it.

    Is there a way to have multiple partions seen individually by the usbloader or a way to simply allocate starting from 20 GB in on a raw drive?

    I am trying to section off some damaged sectors.
  2. qwertymodo

    qwertymodo GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 1, 2010
    United States
    It totally depends on the loader, but honestly, WBFS partitions are obsolete and wasteful. Go with FAT32 or NTFS. NTFS can handle full .iso files and FAT32 requires you to convert to .wbfs files, which gives you the ability to scrub the images and split them to fit within FAT32's 4gb file size limit. Again, support for these is up to the loader, but most of the good ones handle both just fine (WiiFlow FTW [​IMG] )
  3. churkus

    churkus Member

    May 27, 2006
    FWIW I have my HD setup with partition 1 primary active FAT32 (triifocre usage) partition 2 primary WBFS and Cfg loader sees it fine. all works.
  4. zizer

    zizer GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 23, 2010
    i use ntfs and cfg loader don't work with iso >4gb and i use wbfs with ntfs
  5. Hielkenator

    Hielkenator GBAtemp Psycho!

    Feb 7, 2010
    Just make 2 partitions....

    I weep...My drive was destoyed by a "little" hickup in my WBFS formatted drive....
    Trying to repair it, made it just worse...

    Formatting to FAT 32...keeps crashing...1TB worth of S**T.!

    Trying Hdd Regenerator...keep you posted.
    No more WBFS anymore for me....!
  6. PsyBlade

    PsyBlade Snake Charmer

    Jul 30, 2009
    Gambia, The
    Sol III
    sounds like defect HW

    while wbfs sucks for various reasons is should not be able to destroy drives
    even intentional thats not an easy thing to do
    the problem is much more likely physical shock or manufacturing flaws

    send it in under Warranty (unless you dropped/hit/kicked/... it)
  7. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

    May 16, 2008
    You have insufficient posts to view user location.
    He is probably refering to his FAT32 formatting failing on a 1TB.

    You can only format upto 128GB with FAT32 from any windows XP or higher, anything bigger than 128GB you need a custom formater.

    I upload the FAT32 format tool here: (GUI version) (command line version)

    You will be able to format upto 1TB in FAT32 with these.

    If your using USB loader, it will read whatever drive contains the games. Even if it is the second partion.
  8. Inpression

    Inpression Advanced Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    United States
    I used Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 to divide a 1TB USB drive, 1 NTFS, 1 FAT32 and 1 WBFS partitions, in this order. For the WBFS partition, kept the allotted space as unformatted and did it on the Wii with CFG USB Loader. Haven't had a problem so far, and WBFS is convenient for the auto scrubbing.
  9. rigsbynation

    rigsbynation Member

    Sep 13, 2009
    Wrong size limits, its much lower. Windows XP will format fat32 upto 32gb, no higher. In fact saying that, pretty sure its the same in all versions of Windows including 7. I use gui fat too, works a treat.

    Why is anybody using wbfs now? Fat32 for the full drive, then it can be used in any homebrew apps, all your games, plus any pc stuff without having to set aside preset drive size limits which could end up annoying you. Like when wbfs was mainstream, I used to hate running out of space on my fat partition, meanwhile having a load of space there reserved for wii games, but with more than enough games on, but just loads of empty space.
    1 partition is all you need.
  10. Hielkenator

    Hielkenator GBAtemp Psycho!

    Feb 7, 2010
    No i had no problems formatting.
    Western digital provides a tool on there website.
    Any way My Drive came Formatted as FAT 32.

    As a matter of fact Win XP only allows formatting to exFAT.

    Wbfs file system screwed up. 2nd time
    Resulting in delays and damaged clusters.
    Also This is my 3rd 1TB drive from WD.

    I am very very carefull with my drives.