Does Nintendont work with multiple partitions?

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  1. random_human_being_
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    I have a HDD formatted as NTFS. If I make a second partition as FAT32, will Nintendont be able to use it?
     
  2. GreyWolf

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    I think it should work. Nintendont only works with FAT32/exFAT and I believe it mounts the first one it finds.
     
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    Just update Nintendont and you'll be fine.
     
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    So, if the first partition is NTFS will it skip that, and read the FAT32 one?

    I'm already using the latest version.

    If it's supposed to work (the only information I could find was quite outdated, and implied that it shouldn't), then I'm going to try it as soon as possible.
     
  5. GreyWolf

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    I think it should. If I remember correctly it mounts the first FAT32/exFAT partition it finds on a drive starting with USB port 0.
     
  6. DarthDub

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    It was either @FIX94 or @GerbilSoft that implemented this.
     
  7. laudern

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    I have my hdd split in 2. A wbfs partition and a fat 32. It works great.
     
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    works fine for me
     
  9. SG854

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    What about a Wii U partition and a Fat32 partition will this work?
     
  10. DarthDub

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    Is that even possible?
     
  11. SG854

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    Usually the Wii U partition formats the whole drive.

    What if their is a way around it. Like use Wii U stealth to hide the fat32 partition and format the other non hidden partition to Wii U format.
    Will this work? Or does the Wii U format everything even the hidden partition?
     
  12. Cyan

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    there's nothing as "hidden partition".
    Ustealth is hiding the full drive, not partitions.

    Actually, it's corrupting/editing the partition table signature to prevent the WiiU from seeing a table and asking to format the drive (to delete the table).
    if you want a WiiU format, it will format the partition table (where you define up to 4 partitions) and therefore you can't have multiple partition on that drive.


    There is still a way to do it, but it had NEVER been tested (only theorized?), being too complicated: there's a way to "physically" (firmware based) restrict the HDD size.
    - format the drive to GPT, the partition table will be located at sector 0 AND a copy at end sector.
    - make 2 partitions, format the second one to FAT32, keep the first one not formatted to skip it.
    - make the drive smaller using special tools which talk to HDD internal firmware settings. resize to hide the second partition.
    - format the HDD to WiiU format. it will see a table at sector 0 and will format it without a partition table up to the end of the (fake) HDD size.
    - resize the drive back to full physical size to unhide partition 2 and GPT table backup at the end

    - update ALL homebrew to read partition table from end of drive instead of sector 0
    - update ALL homebrew to read GPT instead of MBR
    - pray the tool work for your HDD and you don't lose data, or "brick" your hdd in the process.
    - hope your OS will look at the end table too, or it will ask to format the hdd to recreate the table at sector 0 and delete your wiiu partition
    I don't think a lot of tool/app/OS are written to look at the backup table. probably none. (I don't even know if partition managers are doing it properly either)
     
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