Wii - apps sometimes loading slower than they used to, is it SD card? What can be done?

Discussion in 'Wii - Emulation and Homebrew' started by boomerang42, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. boomerang42

    boomerang42 Member

    Dec 1, 2013
    United States
    I have my Wii set to start on HBC (which is on SD, along with all my homebrew apps).

    And for example, when exiting something and going back to the HBC that black screen that happens before the HBC loads will often (most of the time/always?) last noticeably longer than it ever used to, before the HBC comes up. I think that's been getting even worse lately--the black screen lasting longer before it comes up. And not just for the HBC.

    I've heard fat 32 on SD can get fragmented and slow because of that. Could that be the cause?

    Googling whether you should defrag an SD card gives the answer that no you shouldn't, and that it reduces the life of the SD. But most people probably aren't using fat32 on their SD so I don't know what's best.

    Should I defrag my SD card? I'm on Windows 10 and there's no option from Windows that will let me defrag the SD. I do have something called Puran Defrag which I could use though.

    Does the slowness mean the SD card could be in danger of failing? (I just backed up everything on it just in case).

    The slowness couldn't mean my Wii itself is going, could it? I kind of doubt that but I figure I better ask.
  2. ultramodern

    ultramodern Member

    Jan 20, 2017
    United States
    maybe its the card you use? or the way you defrag the card? I use a 32gb sandisk ultra 30mbs class 6 and have no problems everything runs smooth. The program I like to use is...SD Memory Card Formatter 5.0 for SD/SDHC/SDXC just google it its free. Good luck
  3. MaeseJesus

    MaeseJesus GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 3, 2013
    You should check what reading speed does your SD have. I remember having a card with lower speed than my current one, and sometimes took longer to load. It even affected some Sega CD games being emulated, like Lunar - Eternal Blue, and that disappeared by getting a faster one. You also have to understand that the more stuff you put into the SD, the more is going to take to read. You should also check the adapter to the Micro SD card, they may wear down and stop working as intended (not only for Wii, but in general).

    I've never de-fragmented any of my SD cards. Format them to start a new? Maybe, but the other, not really.
  4. migles

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    Sep 19, 2013
    you will just wear out the sd card for no effect
    if you think its fragmentation, copy everything to the pc and then restore back.
    what? fat32 is the default filesystem in sd cards...
    Last edited by migles, Sep 12, 2018
  5. Dodain47

    Dodain47 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 1, 2017
    I would check your sd card. I use a 128 GB Sandisk SD Card and it works just fine on my Wii.