windows reports game size wrong on external hard drive

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  1. sparks97
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    i have used wii backup manager to transfer 4 games iso's to a wd external hard drive formatted in ntfs, when the games were sent over it happened very quickly not like sending a file in windows which takes several minutes and if i check the drive after the games are transferred they all report as 4,589,824 each making a total of over 17gb but if i right click the drive and go to properties the drive only shows as using 1.09gb space, am i missing something here or is backup manager doing something to the iso.
     
  2. Foxi4

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    Which manager are you using?

    It's likely that the game size will decrease when transferring into an NTFS partition due to scrubbing when changing the format from .ISO to .WBFS, but it's unlikely that 17GB would magically change into 1GB.

    Follow these steps:

    1. Make sure the partition is Primary.
    2. Re-format the partition.
    3. Use Wii Backup Manager and Wii Backup Manager only.
    4. Make sure that only the Game partition is copied over.

    These steps will allow optimal performance.
     
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    thank you for your reply, using backup manager 0.4.5.78, did as you advised and the end result is the same, all the games load and play ok.
     
  4. Lucif3r

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    Well what games is it? Some games are very small, like NSMB is 300MB.
     
  5. PsyBlade

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    thats probably ok
    not many wii games use the full space
    when transfered with wbm only the meaningfull parts are copied
    by using either .wbfs files (fat+ntfs) or sparse .iso files (ntfs)
     
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    The ISO will still take up the full 4.3GB if you use WBM.
     
  7. PsyBlade

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    nope, its smaller

    just tried it to be sure
    wbm 0.4.5 build 78 (x86) on XP-SP2 x86
    transfered WiiPlay (RHAP01) to NTFS as .iso
    takes ~100MB
     
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    great thats cleared up, oh well at least i wasnt imagining things or have a fault with the pc/drive which was my first concern and my second was to make sure the game ripped correctly, just strange that winxp still reports the file as a full unmodified one but the drive properties tell a different tale, thank you all for the input.
     
  9. PsyBlade

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    look at the file properties
     
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    file properties reports size a 4.37gb but also size on disc as 388mb (one example) all the other games do the same, file size and size on disc are totally different
     
  11. PsyBlade

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparse_file