Formatting HDD

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Nov 21, 2009

Formatting HDD by spritefreak at 2:46 PM (926 Views / 0 Likes) 4 replies

  1. spritefreak
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    I need some help with formatting my HDD in order to have a FAT partition as well as a WFBS partition for games. I bought a new HDD, and thought that games could be added to HDD and played from FAT partition. When I tried playing the game through GX, it asked me to format the HDD, which I agreed to, and now the whole drive is WFBS format. Can someone help me???
     
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    You can have a small FAT32 partition (default max size for windows is 32GB) for homebrew and a second WBFS partition for GX to store games.

    Create your FAT32 partition using My Computer\Manage\Disk Management. GX will then use the freespace to create a WBFS partition (FAT32 is in developement).

    The CFG Loader supports FAT32 EDIT: if you have Hermes 222 installed.

    To format the whole drive as FAT32 you will need to use a utility from your drive manufacturer or gparted. Note the WBFS file system is not known by Windows which will ask if you wish to format it even when it has data in it.
     
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    I am still confused. My whole HDD is formatted as WBFS. I want to create a small FAT partition to hold covers, homebrew, etc. and have the other partition to be WBFS to hold all games.

    So I have gotten to the Disk Management but I can't seem to figure out how to create a second partition.
     
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    Unfortunatly you can't - you have to start again.

    1. Delete any existing partititions on your USB HHD, a WBFS partition is listed as RAW
    2. Create a new partition and choose FAT32, the maximium size windows will let you have is 32GB. Add a 2nd partition using the remaining space but choose not to format it.
    3. Plug the drive into the Wii and use GX it will ask you if you want to format say yes and choose the 2nd partition.
    4. Add a game using GX.
    5. Plug the HDD back into the PC and use Disk Management to check that you have 2 partitions.

    I'm telling you this from memory so ymmv.
     

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