Formatting USB HDD for Wii

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Oct 9, 2009

Formatting USB HDD for Wii by treatscove at 1:19 AM (5,562 Views / 0 Likes) 8 replies

  1. treatscove
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    Newcomer treatscove Newbie

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    hi

    i have Wii System menu 4.1U
    Homebrew
    WBFSManager 3.0
    1 TB Western Digital My Book Essentials 1TB External Hard Drive (WDBAAF0010HBK-NESN)

    what i would like to do is run Homebrew and use part of dive for WBFS and part for general file storage

    myabe 30 GB FAT32
    270 GB WBFS
    700 GB NTFS

    now what i need to know is which program to use to format
    so that Homebrew can recognize and run from the FAT32 partition
    so NeoGamma or any boot loader can recognize and run from the WBFS partition
    so the last partition can be left and used for NTFS file storage

    hoping someone can help in any way torn almost all my hair out already!

    please and thank you for any ideas in advance
     
  2. jazvdb

    Member jazvdb GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    EASEUS Partition Master 4.0 Home Edition
     
  3. treatscove
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    Newcomer treatscove Newbie

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    thank you for the app tip

    would you happen to know which partitions should be primary, logical and or active
     
  4. H.K.

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    i have a 4.1E wii softmodded with banerbomb, and i'm using a western digital 500GB external usb drive, the first partition SHOULD be fat32 primary active, the second one Primary too (your wi game partition) formated initialy in Ntfs or Fat32 , so WBFS manager can see its drive letter and format it,
    Till here its my config too. which is working flawlessly and pretty fast (76GB fat32, 400GB WBFS), About the third partition in NTFS which you would like to have , i can't see any reason of not creating it as a third partition Logical.only windows should see it and use it.but since i have a bit different configuration i can't be 100% sure about it, if i was in your place i would try the configuration i wrote.
    Hope i've been helpfull.
     
  5. Kinnikuman

    Newcomer Kinnikuman Advanced Member

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    Hey H.K. really quick I think I'm gonna get this http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_...duct_id=0315536
    to replace my little 8 GB. So will I be able to follow your same partitioning steps for this device you think? I also noticed your device priced much higher than the one I am looking at. Is there any advantage to yours that the above device doesn't have? Thanks for saving me the trouble of making a topic.
     
  6. dippindivin

    Newcomer dippindivin Advanced Member

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    If your using Vista or better you can use the default Disk Manager in windows to resize and create partitions. Then you use WBFS to format. It's recommended to use Disk Manager instead of partion magic or 3rd party apps.
     
  7. H.K.

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    Hey
    Gbatemp has a very usefull and reliable list of devices that work with wii, you should see it (it helped me a lot) http://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/index.php?tit...patibility_List.
    The partitioning steps should work,(the size of each partition depends on your needs, watch out about the max legimit partition size, see in the link some issues about it).
    About the price, not always is a good bargain the cheapest model, there is no sense to buy something cheap if it doesn't work. for example my girlfriend has a Lacie 500GB external Porsche design which had caused me a headache (the famous -1 error). About the size:
    i have also a Verbatim 1.5TB that is compatible but it is slow , i've noticed that bigger the disk is, worse the performance is, (it could be even a quality matter).
    in conclusion,
    1.check the link.
    2.buy a quality product that will work and last, if you can afford it, of course.
    3.after a lot of reading of gbatemp and some other sites, and as i personally expierienced a 500Gb disk is ideal as a Wii drive, you could never dedicate the time necessary to play 300-400 games loaded in 1TB HDD, besides not all the games are so enjoyable.
    Hope you check these things out, or my response is useless.
    Good luck
     
  8. H.K.

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    In fact the WDBAAF5000EBK-N My Book essential is expensive.i don't own it.
    i have the WD5000N1U-00 My Book essential older model (blue stripe in front)
    and the WD5000C032 My Book essential the oldest model (green circle in front).
    you should be able to find one of the two older models at a very good price from a remaining stock at least,(it would be better, if possible, to get the WD5000C032).
     
  9. Kinnikuman

    Newcomer Kinnikuman Advanced Member

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    thanks a lot H.K. I really appreciate it
    Ya and it doesn't seem to hard to get my hands on a WD5000C032.
    I'm looking forward to it! I've been using an 8 gig dealy...
     

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