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Fastest method to backup Wii games

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#1
I have a softmodded wii with no mod chip, here is the fastest way to backup a wii game. With Superdump you can dump an image to a SDHC card or USB Hard Drive etc. in as little as 30 minutes (for a single layer wii game)

I use a usb hard drive formatted to fat32

1. Don't waste your money on an LG drive.
2. Download superdump here http://rapidshare.com/files/255480018/SuperDump.rar
3. If you have the Homebrew channel installed put extract the superdump.rar file to the apps folder on your memory card. Otherwise find a way to launch the boot.dol file (it is named boot.dol so the homebrew channel recognizes it)
Run superdump and follow the onscreen instructions

I dump to a usb hard drive and it dumps the whole disc in about 20-30 minutes. **important** If you are using a USB device to dump DONT PLUG IT IN UNTILL AFTER SUPERDUMP IS LAUNCHED if you plug it in before you will either get an error or it will perform at usb 1.1 speed instead of 2.0

Superdump makes several files on the root of the usb hard drive depending on how small you choose to make the parts. the files are usually 0.bin, 1.bin, 2.bin .....

after the dump is complete hit the house button on the wiimote to restart the wii and disconnect the hard drive. After I connect it to my computer I open up a dos prompt by going to start>run>cmd, if in vista just type cmd into the start bar

after you get a command prompt go to the usb drive (mine is drive E)
type in:
"E:"
"copy /b 0.bin+1.bin C:\MyWiiGame.iso"

if you have more than 2 bin files then you can keep adding them like this

"copy /b 0.bin+1.bin+2.bin+3.bin C:\MyWiiGame.iso"

this will copy all of the parts into one iso file (takes about 5 minutes). I have it put the ISO file on my C drive (formatted NTFS) because you can't put a file larger that about 3 gig on a fat32 drive.

After the file copy is complete the ISO is Ready to burn!

(i use imgburn default settings at x2 speed on verbatim dvd-r discs)

-Kynrek
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#2
Please give credit to the person who created superdump. Here is the original thread http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=163598
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 14 Jul 2009 @ 7:50

1) Backup Launcher is old. Neogamma is new http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=158884
1A) to get the Neogamma Channel http://www.gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=165485
2) Superdump (Requires homebrew) dump your game in 30 minutes. http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/780900
3) Make your Wii skip updates! Use preloader 0.29 and enable skip updates. http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Preloader
4) Scared of Bricking your Wii? Make an NAND backup! Install BootMii http://bootmii.org/install/
#3
Or... Just put a game in wii, use USB loader, click the + button that says install game. It quicker, cause it doesnt rip the whole iso. Looks like it scrubs it or something. Same games as small as .13 GB, like Sim City Creator or Wii Music
#4
Does that allow you to burn the games onto DVDs?

-Kynrek
#5
No, it dumps your game onto a USB Drive. Now days you don't even need DVD's anymore.

1) Backup Launcher is old. Neogamma is new http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=158884
1A) to get the Neogamma Channel http://www.gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=165485
2) Superdump (Requires homebrew) dump your game in 30 minutes. http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/780900
3) Make your Wii skip updates! Use preloader 0.29 and enable skip updates. http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Preloader
4) Scared of Bricking your Wii? Make an NAND backup! Install BootMii http://bootmii.org/install/
#6
is there a way to change the usb ripping option to create a 1 piece image, since we will not be limited to 4gb sd cards?
#7
i only have a 4gb flash drive. when i try dump a game it does one part at 3072 and then it says not enough space. how do i get it to pause after the first part so i can put it on my computer and then erase it from the drive and continue the 2nd part
#8
You can use a USB Loader to rip the game to a USB Device then use WBFS Manager to extract the game off the USB Device creating the ISO to burn.

@robnyr

The game will not fit if your using Superdump and doing a full backup. The backup would be over 4GB. I never used Superdump but there might be an option to only rip a certain amount of the backup to the SD Card then transfer the partially dumped files to PC then continue the dump for the rest.

Or you can try using a USB Loader to dump the game to the 4GB Flash Drive. It should be way under 4GB since the game is scrubbed. Then as I said above use WBFS manager to extract the game off the 4GB Flash Drive.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 Aug 2009 @ 1:50


#9
it stinks being limited to the constraints of the fat file system
#10
Originally posted by larrylje:
You can use a USB Loader to rip the game to a USB Device then use WBFS Manager to extract the game off the USB Device creating the ISO to burn.

@robnyr

The game will not fit if your using Superdump and doing a full backup. The backup would be over 4GB. I never used Superdump but there might be an option to only rip a certain amount of the backup to the SD Card then transfer the partially dumped files to PC then continue the dump for the rest.

Or you can try using a USB Loader to dump the game to the 4GB Flash Drive. It should be way under 4GB since the game is scrubbed. Then as I said above use WBFS manager to extract the game off the 4GB Flash Drive.
#11
Originally posted by larrylje:
You can use a USB Loader to rip the game to a USB Device then use WBFS Manager to extract the game off the USB Device creating the ISO to burn.

@robnyr

The game will not fit if your using Superdump and doing a full backup. The backup would be over 4GB. I never used Superdump but there might be an option to only rip a certain amount of the backup to the SD Card then transfer the partially dumped files to PC then continue the dump for the rest.

Or you can try using a USB Loader to dump the game to the 4GB Flash Drive. It should be way under 4GB since the game is scrubbed. Then as I said above use WBFS manager to extract the game off the 4GB Flash Drive.
How do you even put iso files onto the usb? It always says the file is too big even when it isn't...
#12
Can you burn a ripped (shrunk) (cleaned) image from a usb loader gx image? and it play on a modded box?
#13
i figured it out. thanks though
#14
Originally posted by kynrek:

I use a usb hard drive formatted to fat32
1. Don't waste your money on an LG drive.

Thats a bit of an exaggeration.

The harddrive and the USB adapter with exernal powersupply
together are more expensive than the LG Drive, which
is available for abaout 15 Euro. Formatting a hd
in Fat32 also limits the overall usabillity of the HD
for other purposes.

The described readout certainly has a timing advantage
of about 80 Minutes for the simple readout.
But from these 80 Minutes you have to subtract the time
(or value the effort) to disconnect the drive, connect it to
the PC, copy over the files and check the iso. All this do
programs lieke Hektograph and Rawdump on the fly for you.
Besides that the wii drive does not wear out on using a PC
program.

So I think there are good reasons not to drop the LG drive.
#15
Originally posted by okmijn:
Originally posted by larrylje:


How do you even put iso files onto the usb? It always says the file is too big even when it isn't...
If you use a USB Loader method the file system will be formated WBFS which is different then Windows file system. The games will be scrubbed to delete the garbage data from the backup. So the only data that will be left is the necessary data it needs to play the game.

After you extract it to the USB device all you need to do then is connect it to your PC and use WBFS Manager which can extract the backup game from the USB Device to your PC (which will add the junk data back in) so you can then burn it to a DVD disc.

The full process of ripping then extracting shouldn't take more then 20 minutes or less (it will depend on the size of the game).


#16
ok I read this and was like "thank F##k an easy way!"

trouble is I get a 'sector read error' at the very start, before it even shows me any %

pleaaaase help
#17
make sure your USB device is not plugged in until after the program starts. Also make sure that the disc is clean.


-Kynrek
#18
noob here...I have to "convert" isos I get off of dvd dumper to wii iso in order for backup dvd to work in Neogamma...do I need to convert these USB isos coming out of superdump in order for them to play? I have seen guides saying that the isos are good to go as is, but am I missing a setup step or it the conversion a common knowledge thing that everyone is just assumed to know?
#19
You can just burn them and play. The ISOs will probably be big so you can "scrub" them it will make the iso smaller and it will still work.

-Kynrek
#20
Should there be a specific size that the .bin file is? I tried this tonight and everything seemed fine until I tried to load via NeoGamma r7. NeoGamma shows the settings, the disc spins, screen goes black, and the disc keeps spinning. Used SDHC card, everything came out in a single .bin file. Not sure if there is an error in the rip or IOS files. (Used Verb -R, 2x via Imgburn).

Thanks
#21
There is usually more than one .bin file when you rip the game. You have to combine all of the .bin files them into one .iso file.


-Kynrek
#22
Originally posted by kynrek:
There is usually more than one .bin file when you rip the game. You have to combine all of the .bin files them into one .iso file.
I will have to try a different game, I went back to double check, I tried it on The Force Unleashed and there was only one "0.bin" file that was 3.2GB in size so it fit on a single 4GB SD card. Should the final file size be the standard size for a Wii disc? Or does it not matter because its not grabbing all of the "filler" data?

Thanks again
#23
i am new at this stuff for the wii and i wud appreciate it if someone could help me out. i have my wii files located at "C:\Wii games" and i was wondering if someone cud please help me out and explain to me exactly how to merge the .bin files and convert them to .iso with cmd. thanks
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