Tutorial: partitioning a drive for USB Loader GUI-FX

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  1. maddoc
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    Connect drive to computer.
    Start Computer Management from Control Panel (or right click on My Computer icon then on Manage)

    Open (click on) Storage > Disk Management.
    The drive I am preparing is
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    Right click then select "Delete Volume..." if the drive is not empty.
    If there are more partitions repeat the procedure for them too.
    For Wii usage all partitions have to be primary!
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    I deleted all partitions, the whole disk is unallocated.
    Right click on it and select "New Simple Volume..."
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    A wizard will pop up, click on Next >
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    Write the first desired partition dimension in the selected field, remember it is in MB! (1GB is 1024MB)
    I'll create a FAT partition of 4100MB, a little over 4GB (4096MB)
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    Let windows assign a drive letter then click Next
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    Formatting: File system select FAT32, name it WII-FAT or whatever suits you best then click Next.
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    As you can see, FAT partition is created.
    Although USB Lader GUI-FX can use FAT partitions as second, third or fourth partition, some other homebrew apps can only read the first partition on drive, so it's better to make it first!
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    Repeating procedure for another primary partition, right click on the free space then click "New simple volume..."
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    Enter desired size: this time for the WBFS partition, I use around 200GB in this example.
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    Let windows assign the drive letter! This is important so that you will be able to use wbfs managers for windows with your drive!
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    Not formatting the future WBFS partition!
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    I now have a primary RAW partition, empty, unformatted, of around 200GB in size in this example that I will format using the USB Loader on my Wii.
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    Repeating procedure for another partition, this time NTFS: right click on empty space then click on "New simple volume..."
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    using the whole available space
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    let Windows assign the drive letter!
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    farmat partition as NTFS, I name it NTFS so that I remember it's use. You can name it whatever suits you best, just remember that only GeexBox can read it on Wii!
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    This is the final image, partitioning is done, I have now 3 partitions: FAT, RAW (WBFS) si NTFS!
    Now take the drive and connect it to your Wii, start USB Loader and format the raw partition. It will show you the size and it will be partition number 2 if you followed this example.
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    Have fun!
     


  2. Don Killah

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    nice tut mate.
     
  3. patts

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    Nice tut. This is the setup i will go for. If only i done this before installing all the iso's.. [​IMG]

    Is there any config to it if your WBS is nr 2 on a disc like in the example? Or does it work as long as the partition is primary?

    Is there a way to shrink WBFS partitions with a partition tool like partition magic etc?? .. Or do i have to dump my games on the WBFS parttion back to my PC, repartionate and start over? I got one big 500GB WBFS part. at the moment...
     
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    Good guide for noobs who don't know how to partition [​IMG].

    Not flaming, it's a good guide!
     
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    If WBFS is partition 2 you just have to select it to format when starting the USB Loader. Nothing else to do. Just make sure all are primary!

    You can not shrink WBFS partitions. Sorry. You must start over.
    If needed you can extract isos to computer using wbfs manager 3.0. If somebody knows about other programs that can extract working isos then please name them!
     
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    Anyone know how to do that on a mac? I tried, but the fat partition isn't regognized by wii, so I guess it's not the primary. Works on my mac of course. USB loader works.
     
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    Thanks. Ill guess i have to start all over then.. [​IMG]
     
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    Boot a linux dist, and do the partition with fdisk.. [​IMG]
     
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    You can try using a virtual machine if USB ports are passed to it.
     
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    Thank you very much, I do know how to use windows on my mac, I also know this can be done with linux. However, that's not what I asked. You're just telling how I can do it your way.

    Edit: I realized I sound a little rude, that's not what I meant..
     
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    Don't worry, I should have realized that you already used those possibilities...

    I never touched a Mac so can't help you there. I feel for you!
     
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    Hello

    How to do to create a new partition FAT or FAT32 under Windows?
    I have only NTFS

    THX

    Edit : I find thank you !
     
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    The 3rd one can be formated to NTFS only. Can we make only two partitions? one fat(32) and one wbfs?
     
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    Nice now I can have the things I used to have on the HDD as well...
    Although I still dont get the USB/SD loader to be able to find my harddrive :/
    Anyone who knows how to fix that? Ive got a Iomega prestige portable hard drive 250gb..
    I guess I could try to format it to WBFS at the com.
     
  15. G0dLiKe

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    Just use the other USB port.
     
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    WTF WAS THIS AN HOUR AGO!
     
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    I have tried both, on one it says mounting device something but then comes the same message as with the other usb port first something that I have to format, then it says no partitions found...
     
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    I think you have to get a new hard drive that's supported....
     
  19. Ghork

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    its actually in the supported list :/
     
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    then u need a new drive
     

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