Questions About USB Loader GX and Flash Drives

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by Kurt91, Sep 9, 2012.

Sep 9, 2012
  1. Kurt91
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    Hey guys. Been lurking around the site for quite a while now, but finally needed to ask something for myself, so I signed up. Anyways...

    I'm trying to figure out how to run Wii games off of an 8GB flash drive, mainly so that I can set up an educational game for my kindergarten-age little brother. (His birthday was too late for him to enter kindergarten by only a couple of days, so we're trying to home-school him.) I'm borrowing a flash drive from my sister to try and get this set up with, and am testing this with an ISO of "Sonic and the Black Knight". (My computer won't access the site to download the kindergarten game right now, and I'm working with what I've already got.)

    I originally assumed it would be as easy as copying the game to the flash drive, plugging it into the Wii, and playing it from there, like when I use the SD card to play GameCube games. It isn't registering, so I spent a bit of time looking things up to figure out the problem. It seems that I need to set up the flash drive as an external hard drive before I can do anything with it.

    This is where my questions come in. First off, like I said earlier, this is a borrowed flash drive that may be needed later on for storing schoolwork on. After converting it as a hard drive, will it still be usable as a normal flash drive? If not, is the process reversible? Second, how would I actually do this? I have the "Panasonic SD Formatter" program on my laptop from setting up an DSTT card for my DSLite, would that work, or do I need something else?

    Final question, and this is more about the game file itself than anything else. I'm trying to use WiiScrubber to shrink down the file size and compress it. The initial settings when I compressed it into a .ZIP folder only shrunk it from around 4GB to about 3. I re-did the settings to as much compression as possible, and am re-doing it. However, my computer says 7-Zip is going to need a couple hours to do this. (Not a top-of-the-line laptop) Did I do something wrong at some point, because I've read of people compressing their games down to around 300 to 400 MB. Will it play on the Wii while compressed, or does it need un-compressed first?

    Sorry if it seems like I'm asking a lot. The different guides don't seem to explain it quite well enough for me, and I don't want to screw anything up by mistake.
     
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    You have to put wii games in a folder in the ROOT of the Flash Drive called WBFS, and have the iso in a folder inside wbfs that is the games title ID. For Example on my hard drive it is H:/TYLER WII/WBFS/RUUE01/RUUE01.iso which is animal crossing city folk. For gamecube game on sd or hard drive is is in a folder call GAMES i.e. H:/TYLER WII/GAMES/D43E01/D43E01.iso which is Zelda Master Quest
    If the flash drive is FAT32 (it should be), your good to go. for GC games I recommend windows formater and set the drive to FAT32 with 32 Kilobyte clusters.
     
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    So, I don't need to convert it as a hard drive? I did what you said, setting up my "Sonic and the Black Knight" game under "Removable Disk (H:)/WBFS/ RENE8P/RENE8P.zip", and I still got the "USB Device not found" message upon starting up USB Loader GX. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? I checked under the Properties tab on my computer, and it claims that the flash drive is formatted as FAT32. I did not re-format it at all, I just opened up the packaging and plugged it in to put files on it.

    If it helps any, the flash drive in question is an 8GB SanDisk Cruzer Switch, a pink flash drive with a flip-around lid. (Remember, it's borrowed from my sister)
     
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    Make sure it's inserted to port 0 on your Wii..
     
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    Just to clarify in case you don't know, the USB port that is closest to the edge of the wii (or the one on the right when looking at the back of the console)


     
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    CIOS? What's that? I just followed the SoftMod guide for the console, downloaded the latest version of USB Loader GX, and am running it off the SD card through Homebrew Channel. I did all this maybe around a month or so ago, so it was all brand new then. If it helps any, I've been able to play GameCube games off of the SD card using USB Loader GX for a while, having played through Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic Heroes, and Super Mario Sunshine. (My little siblings are young enough that they don't know anything about those games, so I've been showing them a bunch. I'm going to do Wind Waker and Luigi's Mansion next. I just have to do each one 1-at-a-time, since it's a small card)

    Anyways, I figured I might have been doing something wrong when setting up folders and stuff, so I downloaded WiiBackupManager to see if it helps any. I was just about to try it and see if it works. (Considering I don't know what CIOS is, it probably won't, but it's worth a shot.)

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    EDIT: Well, I gave it a try, and it worked. I played through the first two missions of Sonic and the Black Knight, and it worked just fine. No idea what it is that fixed it, but it seems to work when I use WiiBackupManager. Thanks for your help, everybody.
     

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