Clone a WBFS partition

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  1. Knocks
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    I will be upgrading to a bigger drive soon and am wondering if there's a way to image the entire WBFS partition and restore it on the new drive. I would prefer not to "unrip" each gave individually.

    Windows thinks WBFS is unformatted space, but maybe a third-party utility can do a raw dump and restore?
     
  2. manias

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    I remember someone trying that but it didn't work if the partition size wasn't identical :/
     
  3. nicksasa

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    just clone your drive with "winhex" you will have an exact copy [​IMG]
     
  4. Knocks
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    Has anyone tried winhex with wbfs?
     
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    Maybe you could accomplish that with Linux + dd?
     
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    EASEUS Disk Copy Personal Edition.....
     
  7. Knocks
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    I am not going to experiment obtaining and installing different software. A lot of things work in theory. I would like to know if anyone has tried and confirmed any program to work with cloning a WBFS partition.
     
  8. wiiNinja

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    Linux "dd" will work, but if the target partition is larger than the source partition, the extra space is not seen and will be wasted.
     
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    I'm on a Mac and would assume that the dd command would work, but not sure what exactly the syntax would be. Any help appreciated! Thanks! Cloning a 1TB to a 1TB...
     
  10. Skizzo

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    Just use a WBFS app that supports direct on-the-fly WBFSWBFS.
     
  11. shepe

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    the dd command would look something like

    dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb

    this would copy the entire contents of sda to sdb but as has been previously mentioned it will also copy the partition table so you would be no better off for doing that unless you wanted to make a second WBFS partition on the drive but I dont know if any loaders support more than 1 partition?
     
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    After dd'ing (which works, if someone has common sense he would knew that it works, but I also tested it) he could change the WBFS header to the bigger size (see the wbfs source for this). This is where WinHex (or an a mac dd+any hex editor/xcode) come into play.
     
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    I just did a WBFS to WBFS transfer between two external USB HDDs using WBFS Manager 3.0 by Alex DP. It worked fine and the partitions were different sizes.
     
  15. xr_rider

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    WBFS Manager is the easiest. Load the existing drive in the top half(all games should show up). Then click the little arrow at the bottom left "drive-to-drive" Load the newly formatted FAT32 drive in the lower half(no games show up). Then click Clone button...easy...
     
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    Any particular reason you bumped this? It hasn't been active since October.
     
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    Newbie getting post count up I think
     
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    na, probaly a noob that didnt check thread date.
     
  19. doxola

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    I could never get that to work, for some reason. Whenever I select the 2nd drive, it would always give an error saying it was possibly in use. Had to go the Wii Backup Manager route and just copy selected titles.

    EDIT:

    After I used Wii Backup Manager, initially the drive was still not being recognized under WBFS Manager. Maybe turning it off and on (after formatting to wbfs) helps, because I disconnected the drive, connected it to my Wii, brought it back to add more games, then it could be seen by both applications.

    So, in the end, it actually did work out just fine...just took some time to get there.