.cISO vs. .WBFS

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by Zvar, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Zvar

    Zvar Newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    United States
    Since I've been unable to find via search, I got a simple question.

    Is there a difference in cISO and WBFS?

    I've been converting ISO to cISO to save space, but will I need to convert to WBFS, or is the the same file with a different extension?
  2. ClockWorK

    ClockWorK GBAtemp Regular

    May 10, 2009
    United States
    They are not the same.

    .CISO and .WBFS are probably similar in terms of file size, since both scrub out the garbage data.

    To my knowledge, there is no loader that can load a .CISO file directly from FAT or NTFS partition.

    It's a tough call on which format is best..

    .WBFS isn't supported by most managers, and FAT32 has the 4gig file-size limitation. And I don't see a reason to bother with .WBFS on NTFS.
    .CISO files are really just a temporary/storage format. Not directly playable. And most managers don't support them.
    .ISO on NTFS is good because the file system can condense files (sparse files), but no homebrew apps can write to NTFS for ripping/dumping.

    I went with .ISO on NTFS for now.

    The good news is that Wii Backup Manager supports all of these formats.
  3. Wiimm

    Wiimm Developer

    Aug 11, 2009
    I store all my backup in WDF:
    Fast and disk space friendly, no tricks with sparse files. But only 2 wbfs mangers support WDF. And my fast WWT is one of them.

    WDF is not supported by any USB loaders yet. [​IMG]
  4. Livy

    Livy Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    can any loaders load .iso from ntfs?
  5. Dialexio

    Dialexio GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Mar 14, 2009
    United States
    Yes, Configurable USB Loader supports ISOs. They can go in usb:/wbfs/ID6.iso or usb:/wbfs/ID6_TITLE/ID6.iso
  6. redia

    redia GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 9, 2008

    two ??
    which manager handles wdf other than yours ?

  7. madtamski

    madtamski GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 15, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Read this before, read it again and now that FAT32 and NTFS is here think it's time for your WDF to be supported.

    @everyone, (especially the devs) read the content in the link above again!
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