1. pasc

    OP pasc Newbie

    Recently I felt like trying out that WBFS stuff again.

    Went ahead, popped my 8GB Stick inside the Port and fired ab WBFS Mangager 4.0 - like usual.

    However it seems something weird is going on.

    The Manager always opens like the pic I posted in the attached section.

    I used to work fine.

    If I open it in my Virtual Machine XP then it shows up like it should but doesn't recognize my USB Drive no matter what.

    Here is what i tried so far:
    - run as admin
    - run in XP Compatiblity Mode
    - reinstall
    - install previous versions of WBFS Manager

    Program alternatives are also welcome. I'm not dead set on this program.
    It is the end that justifies the means

    Attached Files:

  2. Foxi4

    Foxi4 Endless Trash
    Global Moderator

    Sep 13, 2009
    Do you really, really want to use WBFS instead of the recommended FAT32? You're limiting your possiblilities - with FAT32, you can keep homebrew, multimedia, Wii and Gamecube backups on the same partition plus it's nowhere near as prone to corruption or fragmentation.

    As for the manager, switch to Wii Backup Manager, WBFS Manager used to be pretty good but last time I tried it it was pretty wonky.

    I always recommend this manager, never had any problems with it and it has a variety of additional functions such as selecting which partitions of the image you want to copy (you can remove updates etc. on-the-fly) and cover management, plus it comes in both x86 and x64 flavours.
  3. PsyBlade

    PsyBlade Snake Charmer

    Jul 30, 2009
    Gambia, The
    Problems with WBFS partitions? Use something else (Fat32 recomended)
    WBFS sucks hard and the many of it's tools are even worse.

    The only reason anyone should use WBFS partitions are the two games that aparently don't like split files. (Xenoblade and something else)

    And having dealt with the problem of historic partitions I would love to see that one go too.
  4. pasc

    OP pasc Newbie

    Sure, Id be all over using FAT32.

    What USB Loader will I require on the Wii, what Program on the PC ?

    Wii Scrubbing is supported ?
  5. PsyBlade

    PsyBlade Snake Charmer

    Jul 30, 2009
    Gambia, The
    most loaders support fat32 nowadays (everything exept uloader iirc)
    afaik the most used ones are cfg and gx
    but iirc gx does not like loading wii games from sd (only from usb)
    there's a comparison thread in the loader section

    you might need to update cios (wanin r17 or better iirc)
    I recommend a recent cios d2x

    as managers I recommend WBM and/or wiimms tools
    (they are the best for WBFS partitions too)

    scrubbing is supported via .wbfs files (recommended/default)
    or (on ntfs and ext) via sparse .iso files too
  6. pasc

    OP pasc Newbie

    The problem is:

    The Game I'm testing has got twice the 4 GigaByte that FAT32 works with...
    Is there any loader supporting exFAT or NTFS ?

    Also, that whole cios upgrade thing: I hated it the last time I had to do it as all these guides are either horribly outdated or make it complicated to wrap your head around them.

    Is there a fail safe guide (including the files) to make sure I get it right ?
  7. rooskie54

    rooskie54 GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 4, 2009
    United States
    The 4 GB limit doesn't matter. While you're used to WBFS being a file system there is also .wbfs, a file extension. This format removes the dummy data (maybe the update partition too? not 100% on that) and splits the game into parts. With your backup manager you can choose the split size in settings. The default split size will work with FAT32. .wbfs split files are supported by all 4 modern backup loaders (WiiFlow, USB Loader GX, CFG, PostLoader)

    You can use the backup manager Foxi4 suggested: http://www.wiibackupmanager.co.uk/
    To convert a .iso to .wbfs:
    1. Open Wii Backup Manager
    2. Click the "Add" button followed by "Files.."
    3. Navigate to your ISO and open it
    4. Now your ISO is listed in the table, click the check box on the left
    5. Click the "Transfer" button follow by "WBFS File.."
    6. A Browse for Folder window opens, select your games folder on your external (for me it's H:\wbfs)
    7. Watch it convert to WBFS File
    8. Safely remove, plug into your wii, load up your backup loader, play your game

    Is exFAT supported? No.
    Is NTFS supported? For loading Wii Disc-Based Games ONLY. You won't be able to use your NTFS formatted device for homebrew applications. You won't be able to use it to load GameCube games. For a dedicated Wii hard drive you want FAT32.
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