How to format a G6

Discussion in 'Other Flashing Hardware & Software' started by sambobuk, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. sambobuk

    sambobuk Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    New Zealand
    Hello everyone! Now, most of you probably already know this, but if you don't it could be very useful to you. I just posted this in a thread for somebody, and it's a really long tutorial so I thought I'd give it it's own thread! Please give me feedback on my writing skills and whether this is very clear or not!

    If your G6 has been experiencing problems, it might be...broken...and here are the 6 steps to fixing it. Please note, this has been made very easy and simple for the people who have just got a G6 lite and maybe did something wrong with the U-Disk manager and now it's not working. (Which is EXACTLY what I did when I first got my G6 lite, it was my first (and still my only) flashcart and I could have KILLED for a step by step instruction guide on how to fix it. I mean a proper one, not the one that G6 provides..."G6 working, maybe not! Love because not in it was! Steps we provide fixing to!")

    PLEASE NOTE: You will need WinRAR ( for this tutorial. It's free.

    Step 1:
    First, back up all of your save files. This can be done by accessing the G6 from "My Computer". It will show up as a "Removable Disk". Then navigate to the NDS folder. The save files are the ".0" ".1" and ".2" files next to the ".NDS" file. Usually it would be the ".0" file, unless you've tried making backups and things. So just copy them all to be safe. Also copy anything that you want to keep from your G6

    Step 2:
    Now that you've backed up everything, go to "My Computer", right click on the "Removable Disk" icon (Double click on it first to check that it's your G6!) and select "Format". A window will appear with 3 drop-down boxes and a few other things. The first drop-down box - Capacity - Should read 500MB. If not, then this isn't your G6. Leave the First and Third drop down boxes as they are, but change the middle one "FAT32" to just "FAT". Then press the "Start" button at the bottom of the window. It will ask you whether you are sure, and just press "Yes". A green progress bar will start, and when the process is complete, press the "Close" button.

    Step 3: should have a completely blank G6. After formatting, DO NOT take it out of your computer or put it into your NDS. That would be very bad. Next we need to use the MPUtility on your G6 installation disk. If you lost your disk (Like I did), it can be downloaded from under "Maintenance Utility" (and keep the website open, we'll need it later). Extract the EXE file that's in the RAR you downloaded, and double click on it. DO NOT change any of the settings here, if you do your G6 will probably be dead forever. LOL. Just press the "OK" button at the bottom of the screen. If you do accidentally change any settings, just close the Application and restart. When you press "OK", a new window should appear with lots of big squares with big circles inside them. Just press the "Do Now!" button at the bottom of the screen. It will start a maintenance format that should take around 10 minutes to complete. During this time make sure that the G6 is not pulled out from your computer [​IMG] tongue.gif .

    Step 4:
    After the process is complete (You should hear a strange noise coming from somewhere inside your computer.... [​IMG] wtf.gif wtf.gif [​IMG] ), close the window and go back to "My Computer". Double click on your G6 icon. It should say..."The Disk in drive (Your G6 Drive here) has not been formatted. Would you like to format it now?" or something along those lines. Press "Yes". The format window should appear again, so use the same settings that we did before...Don't change anything except "FAT32" to "FAT"! Then press "Start" and the little green progress bar should appear again. Close the window once completed

    Step 5:
    Now your G6 should be working again...but we need to do a few more things. First, on, download the "GBA Extension Software". Extract the two folders from the RAR and copy them to your G6 Root directory. Also, if you had MediaPlay extend on there, download "Media-Extend ( for4.6C or above )" and extract the folder from your RAR. The G6 team have made a mistake here. Inside the folder there should be a file names "mediaplayExtend 4.6C.dat". Rename it to "mediaplayExtend.dat" and create a new folder called "main". Put the "mediaplayExtend.dat" inside the "main" folder.

    Step 6:
    Now we're all finished! Just go to the U-Disk manager and put all your games back on! It will automatically create the "GBA" and "NDS" folders so you don't need to worry about that! If you backed up all of your save files like I said in step 1, you should have a bunch of files somewhere with ".0" ".1" and ".2", which we need to put back on your G6. Select the game that you want to put the backups on. In the "Saver" box underneath there, right click the ".0" file there and replace it with whatever file you want. it should come up with a message saying "Write OK!" for a successful backup!

    Thanks for reading, please post feedback on what my writing skills are like!
  2. GBA_Temper


    Nov 15, 2006
    United States
    Atlanta,Ga. United States
    Nice Guide on How-to-Format-G6
  3. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

    Jul 13, 2006
    United States
    why cant we just format the normal way? [​IMG]
  4. pelago

    pelago Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    EDIT: nevermind.