wbfs to ntfs

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by MandL, Aug 21, 2010.

Aug 21, 2010

wbfs to ntfs by MandL at 3:11 PM (5,517 Views / 0 Likes) 26 replies

  1. MandL
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    is there anyway to convert the wbfs partition to ntfs while keeping everything on it?
    my brain tells me no, but I can't help but to hope
     


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    And your brain is right! You need to copy the games to another HDD, convert the wbfs to ntfs and copy the games back.
     
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    While we on it:
    Cios249 v20 have NTFS support? Or hermes is still one and only?
     
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    NTFS works since cIOS249 v18 [​IMG]
     
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    But only with CFG-Loader and WiiFlow, as far as I know. But that's not a problem, that's a good thing...
     
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    Yah, I am wiiflow2 user! Now my HDD can get universal.
     
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    i feel so out of it, still using wbfs and whatnot, but i am much to lazy to do anything about it
     
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    that's what I was looking for.
    but I guess you never got that to work.
    I have less than half of my wbfs drive filled, so doing that would be easy.
    the only problem is I don't see how i can do any of that manually since windows can't read wbfs and I'm forced to use wbfs manager
     
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    As I understand it PsyBlade posted an outline of an algorithm/procedure that would do it, but none of the Devs was interested in implementing it. It shouldn't be to hard to implement for someone knowing the programming side of wbfs.
     
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    it's to bad.
    if only there were a driver that would allow me to manage wbfs as if it were ntfs or fat, then I'd be able to do it manually.
     
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    While its more of an algorithm, the main reason I wanted to automate it is the potentially high number of steps needed.
    But with a drive that was never more than half full one could do it manually without to much hassle.

    The principle will work on most OS.
    Problem is I dont know enough about windows to do it there by myself.
    But if you can use linux or know someone, I can walk you through it.
    You will need at least enough experience to use things like fdisk mkfs dd etc. without loosing data by accident.

    I expect it to take roughly twice the time of copying via a second drive too.
     
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    I usually install a ubuntu dual boot on my computer, but since getting this one I have yet to do so and I'm only on windows.
    I understand partitioning and such, but I don't understand how I'm supposed to move the files to the new partition when I can't view the wbfs partition in an explorer window.

    Edit: actually, this gives me an opportunity to finally install Ubuntu here. I'll start that now
     
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    thats what wbsf managers are for
    Im not familiar with the GUI ones but if your comfortable with CLI
    "wbfs_file extract_wbfs_all "
    should extract all games as *.wbfs files

    If you insist on using explorer iirc there was a wbfs ifs driver.
     
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    I'm concerned about messing up the files when I shrink the partition since I don't have the option to defrag it
     
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    fragmentation wont matter
    in fact defraging if possible would make things worse
    as I rely on the games being clumped on the front of the disk
     
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    I guess that makes sense.
    nothing goes on in the wbfs drive to cause any of the data to have been sorted into the back.
    so defraging isn't neccessary.
    I'm going to try to partition it and move them over now
     
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    I shrunk the partition and I made sure I left more space than necessary on it, but now it can't be read with wbfs manager
    I'm going to check if I can still play off of it

    Update:
    nope, usb loader said "HD num sector doesn't match" and would load it.
    I knew what this meant, so I deleted the NTFS volume and extended the WBFS volume to the full size as it was before.
    and it works again.

    so had anybody successfully resized a wbfs partition?
    or do I need Linux, cause I just finished downloading the disk image anyway and was about to install it
     
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    Just deleted all of my 120+ games (many crapware), and started rebuilding my games archive on ntfs, with .wbfs files.

    [​IMG]
     
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    what did you do to shrink it?
    wwt trim on the fs and then changing the partition size?
    iirc I did try that successfully.

    Maybe the size must be an exact match not "not bigger" as with most fs.
    will try it now again.
     

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