Use a GUI to examine the hard drive on your Wii with WBFSManager

If you’ve got a Wii set top gaming console, managing data on that drive just got easier.

WBFSManagerNewThis application basically provides a GUI for working with hard disk drives that have been formatted to the WBFS file system. The file system used by the console for this purpose is WBFS (Wii Backup File System), a system that is similar to NTFS, that you will now be able to handle thanks to WBFS Manager.

Customizing your gaming experience takes a bit of know-how. Getting custom content to your Wii is now possible with WBFSManager.  The app lets you list the games on the drive so you can see what you have. You get most of the standard drive manager features you’d expect – contents, space used, space available, etc.  You can also copy, move and rename files as you wish.

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The biggest and perhaps best use of WBFSManager is that you can use it to clone your drive to another one. If you want or need to move the content to a different or perhaps bigger drive, then WBFSManager can get you there.  If you’ve got a lot of Wii channels on your system, this can be a huge plus.  Bigger and faster drives make for a better gaming experience.

I never really got into hacking the Wii systems we have in the house; but then again, I’m not much of a gamer, either.  However, if you want to build custom channels for your Wii or want to mount ISO images that you’ve copied to the drive, this the best way to get the content there.  The app hasn’t been updated since 2009, but then again, the file and drive formats haven’t changed either.

download WBFSManager

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How to remove ‘Ghost’ Devices from Device Manager

Before permanently removing any hardware (e.g. an old CD-ROM, video card or sound card) from your computer, it’s recommended to remove/uninstall any software or driver which is associated to the device which you’re going to removed. The reason for this is because ghost devices can cause real problems – especially the CD-ROM / DVD ghost drives.

Let me tell you a typical scenario. You just bought a new DVD-burner and you want to replace your good old CD-ROM drive. Most of us would physically remove the old drive and reconnecting the new one in its place. Well, most of the times is that simple but sometimes it can happen that the new drive is not detected, it’s not installed correctly (shows a yellow exclamation mark in Device Manager) or even if everything appears to be normal, your new drive doesn’t work as it should.

To avoid such problems, before permanently removing any hardware, you should always go into Add/Remove Programs and uninstall any software or drivers associated with a device that you’re going to permanently removed. To be sure that the drivers were removed, go into Device Manager and check if the device is still present. If that is the case, right-click it and choose Uninstall.

Ok, in case you already removed a device, normally it won’t be visible in Device Manager – even if all the related drivers are still present in your computer. To view all the ghost drivers or hidden devices installed, just do the following (only for those who know what they are they doing):

Go to C:\Windows\System32, find ‘cmd.exe‘, right click it and choose “Run as Administrator”.

In the the command window which opens, type:

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 (and press Enter)

devmgmt.msc – (and press enter), it will open Device Manager.

In Device Manager window which opens, click View – > Show hidden devices.

That’s it, you should see all Ghost devices.

Note: This procedure makes visible all the devices including legitimate devices such as USB flash drives, printers or cameras that are not connected to the computer at the moment – you should leave those alone.

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