WBFS or NTFS or FAT32

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Jan 2, 2011

WBFS or NTFS or FAT32 by jaouad at 12:46 PM (5,888 Views / 0 Likes) 24 replies

  1. jaouad
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    I have been using wbfs for a long time, till today I decided to change it into fat or ntfs.

    What do you guys reccomend me?
     


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    If you want to use your hard drive for everything then a single fat32 partition is currently the best.
    You can store all the covers etc on there plus emulators etc can use it & there is no need for an sdcard anymore.
     
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    FAT32 all the way. Homebrew only works on that partition size, so it's a no-brainer, really.

    The only "issues" with it are that windows formatter doesn't like large drives (solution: use a decent formatting program), and that files larger than 4GB don't work on it (solution: convert iso's to .wbfs files).
     
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    Only 1 word:

    ext4: should be the stablesed, fastest and easiest to use filesystem. cfgusbloader and usbloadergx support that format.
     
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    But isn't it that fat32 splits the iso's bigger than 4 gig? Isn't that kind of anoying? I do not use my hdd for homebrew. I have an sd card for that. Is it better if I go for ntfs in that casE?
     
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    Yes and no. Converting an iso to .wbfs will not only remove any 'empty data' the iso might have had, but it will split them as well if the data part is larger than 4GB. It's not annoying at all. In fact, with a program like wii backup manager, you won't even notice if games are split. Not while converting, and even less while playing (I honestly cannot tell which of my games are split and which aren't).

    Then again, if your SD card never leaves the wii, you can go NTFS as well. If you're not using sneek, triiforce or rawksd, chances are slim you'll run out of space on that thing. And IIRC, wiimc (a multimedia player) can access stuff from NTFS partitions as well.
     
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    I indeed do not use any of those programs so I think i'll be safe. Thanks for your time, I really apreciate it. Thanks
     
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    That´s just in case you´re familiar with linux filesystem, but, this format isn´t widely compatible yet.

    Besides, most people use windows as their main OS, so FAT/FAT32 is indeed more compatible, even between different OSes == Electronic Devices.
     
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    NTFS.

    WBFS can't be used for any other files.

    FAT32 has to split the files.

    NTFS has no limitations right now. You can even run the app or put the covers on NTFS!

    EDIT:
    As far as I know, CFG only supports ext2fs.
     
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    just make 2 partitions on the hard drive then you can have both wbfs and fat 32 or ntfs, i have both wbfs and fat 32 on the same hard drive so i am all set.
     
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    FAT32 is strongly recommended over WBFS.

    WBFS is no longer needed.
     
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    fat 32 - you can't go over 4gb
     
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    i use fat32 on my 500gb harddrive, works great only problem i had was to find a program that would format such a big drive to it, but afterwards it's been working like a charm
     
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    Yes that's really true, because WBFS doesn't need any defragmentation tools and because *all* USB loaders supports WBFS in an very fast way and because the management overhead (in size and time) is very small and because there is no need for split files.

    I will stay on WBFS!
     
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    Ext2fs = ext2/3/4, as far as I know. And, imo, ext4 best Filesystem in general and for me, since I only use Ubuntu as my OS and the big partition on my HD for Games/Media [​IMG] (now that WiiMC added support for it I'll probably switch soon).

    For Users which use Windows, don't want to make partitions and also want the most compatible one with all Apps/Emus, etc., FAT32 is the way to go.
     
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    But sadly, it tend to corrupt drives/partitions on heavy data transfer, modify.

    When I lost my 250GB WBFS a year ago, I swear i WOULDN`T ever use it again. Then I used FAT32 and everything worked as it should.

    Actually I use NTFS for USB Loaders and works perfectly, this way I can load up tons of data 4GB
     
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    I full agree with you, but i love ext4 ... i could marry here if she where a woman.

    most of the games i own are on wbfs, but all my isos, wia and wdf files are stored on ext4.

    EDIT: would be great to get wdf-support in usbloaders like wbfs...
     
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    No, in fact FAT is better. Just because of older/more computer machine flexibility.

    And let´s pretend this:

    I have a 500GB WBFS formatted drive, and a single game corrupted the whole partition, (meaning freezes in middle gameplay, no loads, no iso -presound from the loader, etc) how ´d you fix this? Use a PC app to 'fix' the WBFS mbr? What about all the other games that have been corrupted? You´d have to re-format entirely your drive in WBFS again, etc..

    At least in NTFS/FAT there´s a chance you can recover the mbr or partition flag through various DOS utilities (even if it is unrecoverable), then recover the most games you have through Wii Backup Manager.

    Besides that, FAT32 has better compatibility between electronic devices than any other file format. If fragmentation occurs you can fix it easily through Windows95+ ScanDisk/chkdsk utility, or defrag.
     
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    FAT32 is old... NTFS is a big filesystem which isnt open so a 100% cant be done. a 99% is done. ext4 is opensource. you cant create drivers for ervery system you want....

    To fix WBFS: try with wimms tooll, there is a check tool. if it cant repair your partition, ask wimm for help. he know very well about wbfs.
     

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