External Hard Drive Parition Question

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May 30, 2010
  1. thehritzinator
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    I have an old 149 gb external hard drive that me and my family uses for backing up our music and pictures periodically. Is there a way to use the external hard drive for USBloading and still keep all the files currently on it? or could i copy the files to my computer, format the external hard drive into 2 parts, and use 1 part for USBloading and the other for normal PC use?
     
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    Yes you can keep it the same

    If its formatted to ntfs then you must use configurable usb loader and you can't install games from disc.(I think you still need a fat32 partition even if using ntfs)

    If its formatted to fat32 then you can use config usb loader,wiiflow,usb loader gx and install games from disc

    Or you can format it into two partitions(one fat32 and one wbfs)
     
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    Since i use USB loader GX, how can i format my Hard Drive into 2 partitions?
     
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    If you want to partitionate the HDD you need to put all the files into your PC, then format and partition the HDD, after that you can put back you stuff into the HDD it had before...!! [​IMG]
     
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    ok so how do i format and partition the Portable Hard Drive
    im a noob when it comes to this stuff
    btw i have windows 7 if that makes a difference for formating and partitioning
     
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    How is it currently formatted?

    If it's fat32 i would just keep it the way it is.

    If its ntfs then i would backup everything on the drive to somewhere else.Then use windows to make two partitions.You can use windows to format both partitions to fat32 and then use another program like wiibackup manager to format partition 2 to wbfs

    (1st partition=fat32/2nd partition wbfs)
     
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    its at FAT32
    now how do i partition into 2 parts?
    do i do that thru windows or thru wii backup manager?
     
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    Yes backup if you can before trying any repartition or resize ! If your disk is not full you can use Ubuntu Gparted or Gparted liveCD to resize your disk. It is recommended to do a whole disk or partition image backup before you use GParted to resize or move your partition too.

    If you can mount your external disk as a internal disk temporaly It will be faster ... with usb it takes hours... ( my last sudo fsck -c -c /dev/sdb4 on a 550 Go partition was near 40 hours long either after win fails on it ;-)
     

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