Backing Up and Copying Wii Games

Introduction

Backing up and copying Wii games is a very simple and quick process. Just insert an original Wii game disc, open USB Loader and press (+) on your Wii remote to install the game to your usb drive. You can now enjoy playing disc free backups directly from your USB device or SD Card. No more changing disc or worrying about the kids scratching them.

Not long ago backing up Wii games took hours and you needed to either purchase a particular LG dvd-rom drive or use your Wii and do a network copy to your computer. Well thanks to many good Wii Hackers out there, THANK YOU, we can now backup and copy Wii games in only a matter of minutes. Once you backup your games you have a few options.

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[li]Play the backups directly from a USB device or SD Card [recommened][/li][li]Make dvd-r backup copies and play them in your wii[/li][/ol]

My personal favorite is using a USB Loader and playing the games directly from the USB drive and not using disc anymore. If you decide to make dvd-r backups you do not have to install a mod chip. All you need to do is install the Homebrew Channel, a few custom IOS files, and a few applications. I know this all sounds new and confusing, but trust me its easy and you will get the hang of it pretty soon.

If you have already hacked your Wii and have the Homebrew Channel installed go ahead and get yourself USB Loader GX and start dumping your games. If not then scroll down, to learn How to Install the Homebrew Channel.

For easy Navigation through this thread click one of the links below:

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[li]Installing the Homebrew Channel[/li][li]Wii USB Loader[/li][li]Playing DVD R Backups[/li][li]Create Channels to Play Wii USB Loader Games[/li][li]Wii USB Loader GX Themes[/li][/ol]

[B][U]Installing the Homebrew Channel[/U][/B]

[B][U]What you need[/U][/B]

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[li]Nintendo Wii with Active Internet Connection
[/li]
[li]2 gb or less SD Card [or more if using System Menu 4.0 recommended]
[/li][/ol]

[B][U]Download the Files[/U][/B]

[ul]
[li]Bannerbomb Hack Package by phpgeek
[/li]
[li]Alternative download from my mediafire account
[/li][/ul]

This package contains everything you need to install the Homebrew Channel and a few custom IOS files so your Wii will work with Homebrew Apps

[B][U]Prepare your SD Card[/U][/B]

[ol]
[li]Format your SD card with FAT file system
[/li][li]Copy the entire contents of phpgeek-4.0 to the root of your sd card
[/li][/ol]

[B][U]Install Homebrew Channel[/U][/B]

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[li]Enter Wii Settings, click on “Data Management”, click on “Channels” and then finally on “SD”.
[/li][li]Choose “Yes” to load the “boot.dol” in the root of your SD Card which is the “LoadMii” app.
[/li][li]Press “A” on your Wiimote, scroll down to “DVDX.dol” and press “A” again, which will load the “DVDX Installer”.
[/li][li]Select the “Downgrade IOS35” option at the top, run the downgrader and then exit back to “LoadMii”.
[/li][li]Scroll down to “WMIOS35.dol” and press “A”, which will load a custom version of “Wad Manager 1.3”.
[/li][li]Choose the SD Card and scroll down to “IOS35-64-v1040.wad” and press “+” to install it. Once it has been installed press the “Home” button to go back to “LoadMii”.
[/li][li]Scroll back down to “WMIOS35.dol” and press “A”, which will load the custom version of “Wad Manager 1.3” (using the IOS35 that you just installed).
[/li][li]Choose the SD Card and scroll down to “CIOS36-R9.wad” and press “+” to install it. Once it has been installed press the “Home” button to go back to “LoadMii”.
[/li][li]Scroll down to “CIOS36R10.dol” and press “A”, which will load “Custom IOS Installer”. Press “A” to install CIOS36-R10 and then exit back to “LoadMii”.
[/li][li]Scroll down to “WMIOS35.dol” and press “A”, which will load the custom version of “Wad Manager 1.3” (using the latest IOS249 that you installed in step 9).
[/li][li]Choose the SD Card and scroll down to “IOS36-64-v1042.wad” and press “+” to install it.
[/li][li]Once it has been installed scroll down to “IOS60-TRUCHA.wad” and press “+” to install that too.
[/li][li]Finally, scroll down to “HBC.wad” and press “+” to install the Homebrew Channel. Press the “Home” button to go back to “LoadMii”
[/li][li]and then restart your Wii.
[/li][/ol]

If you can not get past step 1.) then download and try different variants of the bannerbomb and replace it with the private directory on your sd card sd:\private\wii itle\aktn\content.bin

Bannerbomb Variants


http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109632/aad20_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109601/aad21_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109604/aad22_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109596/aad26_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109605/aad40_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109594/aad41_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109595/aad50_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109608/aad1a_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109600/aad1b_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109612/aad1c_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109598/aad1d_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109611/aad1e_v102.zip
http://www.rapidshare.com/files/231109602/aad1f_v102.zip

[B][U]Wii USB Loader[/U][/B]

there are many different USB Loader apps, as of now my current favorite loader is USB Loader GX.

Once you get Homebrew Channel installed you just place some files on your SD Card, connect your USB drive to your Wii and start dumping games. The loaders have many options and in time you will learn how to use them.

Here are a few helpful links you may want to review before we get started.

[ul]
[li]USB Loader Releases[/li]
[li]USB Devices Compatibility List[/li]
[li]USB Loader v1.x Game Compatibility[/li]
[li]USB Loader GX ReadMii[/li][/ul]

[B][U]What you need[/U][/B]

[ol]
[li]Nintendo Wii with Active Internet Connection [download covers][/li]
[li]Homebrew Channel Installed[/li]
[li]2 gb or less SD Card [or more if using System Menu 4.0 recommended][/li]
[li]USB Hard drive, USB Flash Drive or SD Card[/li]
[li]Original Wii Game Disc[/li]
[li]USB Loader GX Forwarder[/li][li]WAD Manager 1.4[/li][/ol]

[B][U]Prepare your SD Card[/U][/B]

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[li]Format your SD card with FAT file system[/li][li]Copy the contents of USB Loader GX Forwarder to the root of your sd card[/li][li]Create a Wad Manager folder in the apps folder of your SD card sd:\apps\wad manger[/li][li]Rename WAD-Manager_v1.4.dol to boot.dol and place in sd:\apps\wad manger\boot.dol[/li][/ol]

[B][U]Instructions[/U][/B]

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[li]Load the Homebrew Channel and run WAD-Manager[/li][li]Install the USB Loader GX Forwarder[/li][li]You now have a new channel named USB Loader GX[/li][li]Run USB Loader GX and Format your USB drive to WBFS[/li][li]Enjoy Backing Up and Playing Disc free Wii Games[/li][/ol]

[B][U]Need to Know[/U][/B]

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[li]Leave your SD Card in your Wii, Do not change the usb loader files, dont worry you will learn what is what on your card[/li][li]USB Loader GX has an update feature in settings, no worrying about find the latest version[/li][li]Download Covers over your Wii Wi-Fi connection[/li][li]If covers are not found you can get them manually from Wii Boxart[/li][li]Normal covers must be 160x224[/li][li]3D covers must be 176x248[/li][li]Change the theme of your Loader[/li][li]Default Password is [B]ab121b[/B][/li][li]Learn more about USB Loader GX over at gbatemp[/li][/ul]

[B]Playing DVD-R Backups[/B]

This method is not recommended, however we are CDFreaks and this is what we do, Write Data to a Recordable Disc. A few major disadvantages.

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[li]you still have to manage disc[/li][li]the Wii will only read dvd-r media at 3x where as original games read at 6x[/li][li]load times from USB device is significantly faster[/li][li]extra time extracting the games to computer[/li][li]i really like the look and ease of using USB Loader[/li][/ul]
[U]
[B]
What you need[/B][/U]

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[li]Wii with Homebrew Channel Installed[/li][li]USB Loader[/li][li]Games Installed to a USB Device[/li][li]WBFS Manager 3.01[/li][li]ImgBurn[/li][li]NeoGamma R6 Backup Loader with Channel[/li][/ol]

[U]
[B]
Making DVD-R Backups[/B][/U]

[ol]
[li]Dump some games to your USB device using a USB Loader[/li][li]Connect your USB device to your computer[/li][li]Load your USB device using WBFS Manager[/li][li]Click Extract to ISO[/li][li] Burn the ISO using ImgBurn[/li][/ol]

[U][B]Installing NeoGamma R6[/B][/U]

[ul]

[li]Extract the contents of NeoGamma R6 Backup Loader with Channel.zip to your sd card[/li][li]Load Homebrew Channel and install cIOS38 rev12[/li][li]Load Homebrew Channel and select wad manager[/li][li]Install NeoGammar6_loader.wad[/li][li]You now have a new channel at your Wii Menu[/li][li]Alternately you can Run the NeoGamma R6 DOL from the Homebrew Channel without installing the wad[/li][/ul]

You may read to only use DVD-R disc when making Wii backups, i have found this to be simply untrue. I have made backups using several different MIDs and brands of both dvd-r and dvd+r disc. Even dvd+r disc bitset booktype DVD-ROM using low quality media read and play just as good as the backups using Verbatim DVD-R MCC 03RG20.

Create Channels to Play Wii USB Loader Games

What You Need

[ul]
[li]Wii with Homebrew Channel Installed
[/li][li]Games Installed to a USB device
[/li][li]WBFS Manager
[/li][li]WAD and Key Files
[/li][li]WAD Manager 1.4
[/li][li]cIOS38 rev12 [Optional but recommended]
[/li][/ul]

Download the Files

[ul]
[li]USB Loader Create Channels Pack
[/li][/ul]

Making the Channel WADs

[ol]
[li]Install a game to your USB device using a USB Loader
[/li][li]Open WBFS Manager
[/li][li]Click on Edit - Options
[/li][li]Select the Channel Creation Tab
[/li][li]Enable Channel Creation
[/li][li]Browse to the base.wad file
[/li][li]Browse to the Key.bin file
[/li][li]Select WiiCrazy 1.5 and Click OK
[/li][li]Load your USB Device
[/li][li]Extract a Game to ISO
[/li][li]Drag the ISO to the Right Window, Select the Game
[/li][li]Click Create Channel
[/li][li]Browse to a save location
[/li][/ol]

[ul]
[li]Do not change the Channel ID Name, these names are unique and other channels on your Wii could get overwritten if you accidentally install a wad with the same channel name.
[/li][li]The game is already on your USB device so you do not have to add it back, its just a minor inconvenience you need to have an ISO to make the channel.
[/li][/ul]

Prepare Your SD Card

[ol]
[li]Place Wad Manager Folder in your apps folder sd:\apps\Wad Manager
[/li][li]Create a new folder in the root of your sd card named wad sd:\wad
[/li][li]Place your new game channel wad in the wad folder sd:\wad\gamename.wad
[/li][ul]
[li]Optional Recommended
[/li][/ul]
[li]Place cIOS38_rev12 in your apps folder sd:\apps\cIOS38_rev12
[/li][/ol]

Install your Channel to your Wii

[ol]
[li]Go to the Homebrew Channel
[/li][li]Run Wad Manager and Install your game channel
[/li][ul]
[li]Optional Recommended
[/li][/ul]
[li]Go to Homebrew Channel
[/li][li]Run cIOS38_rev12
[/li][/ol]


Wii USB Loader GX Themes

what you need

[ul]
[li]USB Loader GX
[/li][li]some themes
[/li][/ul]

default setting

[ul]
[li]create a folder in the root of your SD card named wtheme sd:\wtheme
[/li][li]copy the contents of the theme folder to the wtheme folder
[/li][/ul]

saving more than one theme to your sd card

[ul]
[li]move the theme folder to your sd card wtheme folder sd:\wtheme hemename
[/li][li]switch themes from USB Loader GX settings, the default password is ab121b
[/li][/ul]

the default theme for USB Loader GX is a wii menu look-a-like.

this site is the the official theme database, some pretty cool stuff.
http://wii.spiffy360.com/themes.php

Here is a preview of a few themes.






Hello Friend,
Your details are very useful to copying Wii games. You give details are very elaborate, so easy to copy your games.
Thanks

your welcome

can you burn back ups, by using dvdfab software?if so how

no, dvdfab will not copy wii games, use USB Loader GX as posted above