USB Loader

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    I am seeing all this talk about USB loader.....what does it do? Does it allow you to play ISOs from a external hard drive connected to the wii by USB?
     
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    You have to format your usb hdd with a special file system called WBFS.
    Then you use a program on your pc (WBFS Manager 3.0.1) to convert your ISO to the wbfs formated USB hdd. After that plug the usb hdd to your wii an launch a usb loader (GX is the best, i think) and you can play your games from the usb hdd.
    Tho get this working your have to install a special IOS (CIOS, Waninkoko Google it).
     
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    Interesting...I have been away from this for too long! When you convert the iso to wbfs format, are the files just as big (4.1 GB) and do they play the same through the USB loader as opposed to an actual disc?
     
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    The size will be the "scrubbed" version. So for Wii Music you won't get 4.X GB, but ~450 MB.
    Games played from USB HDD are usually faster than their equivalents on disc.
     
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    That is very cool! Is there any restrictions in terms of the games being played (ie NSTC game being played on a PAL wii) and is there a need to force a region on your wii? I am assuming you can still save game play to your Wii memory as well?
     
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    Most loaders allow to surpass region restrictions, if not all. Some games however are problematic, because they do a IOS Reload, which hangs the particular game. Examples are Metroid Prime 3, Mortal Kombat Armageddon and Red Steel.
     
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    Yes, works like playing from DVD

    Edit: There is no disadvantage using usb loader. About 98% of the games work with it.
    none-working can be found here
     
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    Can VC and WiiWare games be played through the USB loader as well?
     
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    We can't actually. :/