Would swapping the Wii's hard drive fix a bricked Wii?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by kyle9252, Oct 7, 2016.

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    So last year I bricked my Wii by uninstalling the System Menu .wad when I was messing with themes. Would replacing the hard drive fix it? (And would replacing the hard drive give it the old boot1 that BootMii uses to install as Boot2?)
     
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    There is no hard drive in a Wii... the only memory is a NAND chip, which cannot be transferred between consoles. You can transfer NANDs between two consoles if you convert the NANDs with a PC application. Unfortunately, I've never done that and I don't know the specific steps.
     
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    Could you reflash the NAND or replace the NAND chip?
     
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    Yes, you can do both of those things. Reflashing the NAND requires special hardware. But you can't simply swap NANDs or swap NAND chips because every Wii NAND has console-specific keys. The issue is you need a NAND backup from before your Wii was bricked in order to get the console-specific keys. I don't know if you have that.
     
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