Saving Games to SD/USB instead of Internal Memory

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  1. thefear
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    Gday guys,

    This question is probably so obvious (why i cant find an answer in the search).
    But is it possible to save and load games on an SD Card (FAT32) or USB drive (NTFS format). Instead of saving onto the on-board memory, As I've been playing quite a few games lately and im noticing the internal memory is starting to fill and i would like to be able to shift them elsewhere and still be able to load and save from them like usual from the SD or USB.

    I know how to extract and import them but i would like to be able to constantly read/write to the files on these drives instead.

    Thanks for any advise everyone!
     
  2. Clutz450

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    If you are using USB Loader GX then you will have to create an EmuNand (Dump Nand to EmuNand option in settings). Then choose the option that saves to your emunand. I'm not in front of my Wii so I can't get you the exact option names. Also, just make sure that wherever you want to have your emunand (either SD or USB) is selected under custom paths.

    Sorry to be so quick and vague but this info should at least point you in the right direction. Let me know if you need more help and when I get in front of my Wii I can help you.
     
  3. thefear
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    Thanks for the help Clutz,
    i managed to find the option to Dump Nand to EmuNand. I set the custom paths to where i want to save the games (sd:/nand).

    i could'nt find an option that specifically said to save to the EmuNand, but there was an option which says "Nand Saves Emulation" with options OFF/Partial/Full. I changed this option from OFF to Full. Im guessing this is the option you are referring to?. Thanks again mate.
     
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    This is a question that seems to be asked dozens of times and Cyan has explained it just as much. So here is a quote from him explaining those option from the USB Loader GX thread:

    So basically since all you want to do is backup your saves you could probably get away with just using partial.
     
  5. Cyan

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    if you want only Wii games to save on SD or USB, you don't even need to make a NAND dump.
    just enable "EmuNAND Save" to partial and it will just redirect the savegames to SD or USB.

    If you want, you can dump all your saves to SD directly from USBLoaderGX, you don't need to use Savegame Manager GX.
    settings > features > dump saves
    (don't forget to set the correct "emuNAND Save" path in the settings first)
     
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    Here's another great explanation from Cyan you might find helpful.

    I told you, he's explained this lots of times. Lol.
     
  7. thefear
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    Thanks guys, great help.

    Is there a real difference and if so what is it between the Partial and Full settings on the NAND save?.

    As Cyan said in the quoted part it reads the sysconfig, wiimote, and mii stuff.. Wouldnt it be better to have those files saved also? and also what stuff is stored in the sysconfig? (Just out of interest)
    Im not worried about storage space as im using a 32GB SDHC card which has plenty of space left. so i am thinking the Full save would be better?

    I can imagine this question would be asked a heap of times, it sounds so basic, i kinda feel embarrassed asking it to be honest lol.
     
  8. Clutz450

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    Full saves and takes everything from your emulated nand. So if you change something on your real nand like sync a new WiiMote, change any Wii settings like sensor bar position, or create any new Mii characters then that will not be reflected in your emulated nand.

    Partial only the save is saved on the emulated nand and everything else comes from the real nand.

    I don't really know how else to explain it better than what Cyan has already said. Sorry.