Hacking Where do I start and what do I need to hack my Wii?

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I have recently found my old Wii and got interested in hacking it to play games since I Don't have either a way to buy the games nor the money, and I've seen this whole deal of Homebrew and emulators and stuff. But what do I need in order to get all this stuff from my computer to my Wii? I know I need an SD card for the hacks and virtual console games. And i know i also need an USB to put the Wii and GameCube games, so is there a guide somewhere on how to do the entire process? I also need to know what size of SD card and USB I need to do all of this
 

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I have recently found my old Wii and got interested in hacking it to play games since I Don't have either a way to buy the games nor the money, and I've seen this whole deal of Homebrew and emulators and stuff. But what do I need in order to get all this stuff from my computer to my Wii? I know I need an SD card for the hacks and virtual console games. And i know i also need an USB to put the Wii and GameCube games, so is there a guide somewhere on how to do the entire process? I also need to know what size of SD card and USB I need to do all of this
Use ModMii to hack your Wii. Use Wii Backup Manager to send Wii games to your USB HDD. Launch Wii games from the USB HDD using Configurable USB Loader in the Homebrew Channel.

The size of your SD really doesn't matter (you don't even need an SD card after you install the Homebrew Channel, since you can put homebrew applications onto the USB HDD).

Make sure the USB HDD is formatted as FAT32 with 32K cluster sizes. Wii games are small compared to Wii U and Switch games, so you really don't need a lot of storage space. Some people use 32GB or 64GB thumb drives, although they're not as reliable. I have more Wii games than I could ever hope to play (58 games), and they total about 120GB. That averages out to about 2GB per game.
 
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I have recently found my old Wii and got interested in hacking it to play games since I Don't have either a way to buy the games nor the money, and I've seen this whole deal of Homebrew and emulators and stuff. But what do I need in order to get all this stuff from my computer to my Wii? I know I need an SD card for the hacks and virtual console games. And i know i also need an USB to put the Wii and GameCube games, so is there a guide somewhere on how to do the entire process? I also need to know what size of SD card and USB I need to do all of this
For automatic setup to a good state use ModMii ← This is very easy and complete.
A good guide for manually setting up homebrew and USB loading: http://wii.guide/

You don't need any SD (with Str2hax exploit) but I would recommend using one for the BootMii backup. Install BootMii into boot2 if possible on your console (HackMiiInstaller will tell if possible) and as IOS. Don't skip Priiloader installation. It might save your Wii if something goes wrong now or years later.

Many flash/thumb/stick USB drives are not compatible with the Wii for USB loading or at least fail at writing (dumping discs). For the best compatibility use an external HDD with it's own power supply (not 2.5" drives with Y-cable). It might be a bit trial and error to find a working USB drive. Size depends on your preference. Some people use HDDs with 2TB+ which does not make much sense (illegally downloading loads of games to never play them).

Good luck and have fun!
 
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I have recently found my old Wii and got interested in hacking it to play games since I Don't have either a way to buy the games nor the money, and I've seen this whole deal of Homebrew and emulators and stuff. But what do I need in order to get all this stuff from my computer to my Wii? I know I need an SD card for the hacks and virtual console games. And i know i also need an USB to put the Wii and GameCube games, so is there a guide somewhere on how to do the entire process? I also need to know what size of SD card and USB I need to do all of this
A 1-2TB HDD is good, avoid flash drives as they do not work reliably (or often at all) with USB loaders. Anything more than 2TB will be wasted as only the first 2TB can be used on drives in MBR format (and AFAIK GPT format is only supported by Nintendont and won't work for Wii games), not like there are more than 2TB of Wii and GC games worth playing anyway.
 

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Hey man quick question, i dont have an SD card right now, can i just go back to the HackMii installer at any time to install BootMii in the time I get one? and also, would a 4 GB SD card be good for it or would I need a bigger one?
 

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Yes it can be done later, 4GB is plenty, in fact 1 or 2gb would be fine too. Note that compatibility is generally greater with a standard SD card over sdhc or sdxc

Edit: and in the meantime and just generally don't take any unnecessary risks like installing suspect wads or themes, or tinkering with the system menu or system menu IOS without knowing what you're doing
 
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