I need help accessing hard drive used with wii

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by BoredFattie, May 23, 2016.

  1. BoredFattie

    BoredFattie Member

    May 13, 2016
    Probably a decade ago(a little less), my uncle got backups to play from a hard drive, so kids don't ruin the discs. I have CFG USB Loader running on the Wii via a 256MB SD Card, reading files off a (partitoned) 750GB Hard Drive. I can't access the partitioned part of the drive, as Windows keeps asking to format the drive to use it. I'm trying to copy another backup of Xenoblade Chronicles to it, but obviously it doesn't work.

    I have an 8GB Flash Drive, as well as an SD Card. How can I play Xenoblade Chronicles from either(whichever one is easier)?
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    If windows is asking to format it then chances are it is wbfs. Some don't like wbfs any more but it will work (and presumably has for however long it has been set up). I don't know what hacking setup was used on the wii either -- it could be that you are up to date now, it could be that you are essentially running a modern approach to the hacked wii but just needing an update or two (maybe a new hacked IOS in another slot or an update or two to what you have now) or it could be you are running some monstrosity like cioscorp. My usual suggestion for a guide is https://sites.google.com/site/completesg/ but it tends to be more for unhacked wiis than already hacking and needing to figure out what to do next.

    Anyway for the hard drive if you want to continue with wbfs then you will need something to access it. I don't know what is popular with the kids right now but https://wbfsmanager.codeplex.com/ should get it done.

    You will need the 256 card you have in there as it holds stuff for homebrew channel and such like. Depending upon the firmware you have you will be able to move to SDHC if you want, I am not sure offhand if CFC does SD loading but there are several that will and you can happily have multiple loaders on your SD card. Your Wii might also work with the flash drive as well. Depending upon what you want to do (newer loaders support FAT32, NTFS or you could format as WBFS).
    Also http://wii.wikia.com/wiki/WBFS_Sizes reckons Xenoblade takes up 6.31 gigabytes. I have seen things claim to be 8 gigs and drop that low before but you should be OK.
    Again you will want something to convert the iso and that program above should handle it -- most things did not make it to raw iso loading.
  3. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf GBAtemp Guru

    Mar 2, 2015
    United States
    WBFS gets corrupted when adding games, especially with WBFS Manager. If you absolutely have to use that partition type you should use Wii Backup Manager.

    Better yet, find Cyan's profile and there is a tool in his signature that can convert the partition to FAT32. :)
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