Wii U Homebrew with 4GB SDHC Card?

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  1. kprovost7314
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    Is there any way to use 4GB SDHC cards with Homebrew on vWii? I want to use Nintendon't but it says that Smash Stack can only be used with 2GB or less SD cards. Do I install the Homebrew Channel on vWii then move data from 2GB SD Card to 4GB SD Card because I have both.
     
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    I believe that you can make one 2 GB partition (only one, leave the rest of the partition table blank) and format it to FAT16, then it will be essentially the same thing. (You can reformat it back to 4 GB FAT32 after you use the HackMii installer)
     
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    Is FAT16 just FAT (in Windows)?
     
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    Yis, I believe so
     
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    TotalInsanity4 Should I extend the partition instead of formatting it or just format it, and should I make a copy of the files that belong to the homebrew channel?
     
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    why dont you just try it, it'll take 10 minutes to test
     
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    The 2 GB partition should be the only thing on the partition table, the rest should be unformatted (blank) space
     
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    If you can't figure out the Windows partitioner, I don't blame you. It is kinda confusing. Here is an alternate method.

    I don't know why I didn't see this thread until now...:unsure:
     
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    You should ask damysteryman to add that file to "Basic DOS and DON'TS of vWii modding"
     
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    It's no more confusing than Gparted or Disk Utility really tho. Anyway, does that program make the rest of the available space unusable forever, or is it just overwriting the partition table or something? Might try this on my 16GB for my Wii U. My 4GB that worked perfect in Wii died yesterday when I was working on my ps3.
     
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    The extra space is perfectly intact. It simply formats it as a 2GB SD card instead of whatever it's real size is. You can actually make an 8MB card 2GB with this method. Just reformat the card using the normal Windows formatter and it will be back to normal.
     
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    Ok, that SD card I messed up I can't access more than 32MB anymore, I've tried everything from HP tools, SD Formatter, gparted, mac's disk utility, windows, acronis. everything reports 32MB only, so I had to ask before using. lol Anyways, thanks for the reply bud. And OP hope you get everything sorted.

    Maybe I'll try this on that SD card see if I can't get it to write past 32mb and unfuck it up.
     
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    The way my program works is as follows:
    1 - I find an SD card of the desired size.
    2 - I reset every bit on the SD card to 0.
    3 - I format the SD card with the desired format.
    4 - I dump the first 100 sectors to a bin file.
    5 - I include that bin file in my C program (makefat16.exe) which writes the included bin file to the specified drive.

    I attached the source (and the exe) for anyone who is interested:
     

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    Thanks. I tried it with the card, it still shows up as unformatted. now it's 30.6MB lol time for the trash bin i guess
     
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    My mom had a REALLY old 16MB that broke in a similar way. The usable space just kept shrinking. I think it may have something to do with write-exhaustion of flash memory. For new SD cards, they should last thousands of years, but for old ones (like my mom's), it can wear out within several years.
     
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    Yea, I only ever used it for the Wii though, and the same stuff has been on it for about 6 years, about 4 of which it wasn't used at all. I only recently started using it again since I had a need for it. I think it may have gotten an electrical surge. It has nowhere near the 100,000 write cycles most flash based chips can take before break down. I'm pretty sure it was me. Lol. It was a cheap one if I remember correctly.
     
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    I figured out what to do! All I did was install the Homebrew Channel on my 2GB card, then put apps on my 4GB card.
     
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