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HOW TO backup Wii and GC Games (Better Guide)

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii / Wii U' started by elk1007, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. elk1007

    elk1007 Regular member

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    There are other methods of backing up games, but this is by far the easiest.

    You'll need a few things:

    -A Wii (unmodded is fine)
    -The genuine game disc you want to backup
    -A way to boot homebrew (<<Homebrew Channel>>)
    -A PC on the same network as your Wii, an SD card, or a USB Drive.
    -Waninkoko's Custom IOS (Basically a small firmware hack)

    Before you do anything, you need to patch your Wii IOS firmware (I've tested it and it's safe as long as you do it as described).

    -Obtain a copy of the original Wii IOS wad file (IOS37-64-v2070.wad)
    Hint: Google for it.
    -Place the original IOS37-64-v2070.wad at the root of your sd card.
    -Download this {Mirror} file and unzip it to the /apps folder on the root of your sd card.
    -Run the Custom IOS Installer on your wii to install the hacked version (boot as any other homebrew. The zip file I prepared is setup for use with the homebrew channel)

    Now that your IOS is patched, you can dump games easily. Continue with the process:

    Download Waninikoko's DVD Dump tool from here. {Mirror}


    Unzip the DVDDumper folder and place it in /apps folder on the root of your sd card. You can also load it however you load other homebrew, but I specifically prepared the download to be ready for use with the homebrew channel.

    Boot the file boot.dol in the DVD dumper folder.

    You will be asked a couple questions. You can use the wiimote D-Pad to navigate between options.

    -If you choose to use an SD card or flash drive, it will ask you what size you want the pieces to be. Just make sure whatever you pick will fit on your drive/card.

    -If you choose the Wifi method (way easier) then start the dump.
    -Choose the right type of disc (GC, Wii, Or DVD9 Wii). DVD9 Wii is a dual layer Wii game. Currently that only applies to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Make sure you pick the right one because it doesn't check for you!
    -Once you pick start on the wii, go to your pc's web browser and go to the url your wii displays (usually an internal IP like 192.168.1.x).
    -This will bring you to a simple html page being served by your wii.
    -Click 'Start Dumping <title>'
    -The game will now dump directly to your HDD in iso form!

    The dump takes about 1.25 hrs for a GC disc, 2.5 hrs for a single-layer Wii disc, and I assume Brawl takes about 5 hrs.


    Make sure that once the dump is complete, the sizes are exact:


    Wii: 4.37 GB (4,699,979,776 bytes)
    GC: 1.35 GB (1,459,978,240 bytes)


    If the sizes are not EXACT, you have a bad dump and must start it over.

    If you have any questions or suggestions, add them here and I'll address them.

    Enjoy your dump :p

    How to join the pieces of a dumped game:

    You need a small program to join the pieces that you got (either from the SD or USB method).
    Download this {Mirror}. Run the program inside the archive, place all the pieces of the dump in the same directly and then choose the first one.

    The files should now be joined into the game ISO.


    (PS: The old guide by bunny_C is not upgradeable because they got banned. Otherwise I'd have asked them to update theirs. This method is way easier than any other, because you don't need a modchip or other hardware/software and you can dump directly to your pc. Thanks to Waninkoko for their great application.)



    Known Issues:
    -If you keep getting ret- error messages and you're using Internet Explorer, try Mozilla Firefox instead.


    Changelog:
    -Added HBC Links and Known Issues Section
    -Added Custom IOS Information
    -Changed links and info for newest cIOS Revision (4)
    -Change links back to Rev3 due to current lack of Rev4 Support
    -Added instructions regarding disc type selection.
    -Added Mirror links.
    -Added joining section.
     
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  2. larrylje

    larrylje Active member

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    Do you need any other files?

    I placed it in the apps folder for the Homebrew channel and when I launch DVD dumper it goes to a black screen then back to the Homebrew channel menu.
     
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  3. LOCOENG

    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    Added to ultimate sticky.
     
  4. elk1007

    elk1007 Regular member

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    AH! I completely forgot that you need Waninoko's custom IOS revision installed. I'll add the details on how to do this.
     
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    larrylje Active member

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    Is IOS37-64-v2070.wad region locked like other WAD files are or is there only 1 file that is compatible with all region systems?

     
  6. elk1007

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    It's omni-region and applies to all wii systems. Anybody can use it.
     
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    Check the Waninkoko site:

    http://wii.waninkoko.info/

    cIOS37 has some problems, they are now on to cIOS36 rev. 4

    Also, you can extract the IOS wad files yourself from the ISO's with trucha signer or other tools. you will need the ckey.bin file for any of the programs to work. ---Chikn
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I'll update the link in a few minutes.
     
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    The replies seem to say the new version will not work with DVD Dump. At least not until it is recoded for IOS 36 that is.
     
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    Lol. I changed the links back.
    Rev3 has never given me trouble.

    So until Rev4 supports DVD Dump, I'll leave it like this.
     
  11. wazeer23

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    ive been googlin for hours cant seem to find the IOS37-64-v2070.wad
    if someone has it would you plz send it to me

    Email:(myusername@hotmail
     
  12. larrylje

    larrylje Active member

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    You better edit your e-mail out before a MOD see's it.

    Check your PM's also.
     
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    elk1007 Regular member

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    wtf?

    Can no one take a hint?
     
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    larrylje Active member

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    Took me less then a minute to find it.

    But since I am a nice guy I sent him the link where I got it from.
     
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    Cool.
     
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    Saw some news on WiiNewz about a boot loader being released by Waninkoko that will boot backups without a Modchip using the custom IOS firmware. I would link to the thread but the site is down at this time. HERE is a link to vido proof.

    Will defiantly be watching news on that when more comes available.

    Would be nice to have that added to the guide if and when the loader comes out.
     
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  17. elk1007

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    Yeah I'm keeping my eye on that too. Let's all hope it pans out!
    Waninkoko keeps putting out awesome stuff, so if it's really by Waninkoko, I don't doubt it's greatness.
     
  18. psp_n0ob

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    is there any problems with updating and what not if you put the custom firmware on? I don't mind putting on the homebrew channel and whatnot, but I am a little concerned about having Nintendo brick my wii because the put something in the next firmware that disables wii's with a custom firmware.
     
  19. jayjay22

    jayjay22 Guest

    if i did this with a rented game could they find out?
     
  20. elk1007

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    No, they won't.
     

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