Introduction: Backup Wii Games on Any Wii

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This instructable teaches you how to backup your own games, as many have requested.

REMEMBER This is an instructable to backup your OWN Wii games and in no way am I responsible for the legalities of your actions. This instructable is not to promote piracy because that is ILLEGAL, an I would nevr promote that. Remember: ANYTHING YOU DO IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, NOT MINE. I ALSO AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR PHYSICAL OR SOFTWARE DAMAGE TO ANY WII CONSOLE AND AND THIS SOFTWARE HAS NO WARRANTY. USE AT OWN RISK.

Well, Lets Begin.

What you Need:
Official Wii Game
Homebrew Channel (If your Wii cannot run Homebrew, go Here)
SD Card

Step 1: Get the Files

Step 1: Get all the files here

Step 2: Copy the Contents of the Copy CONTENTS to ROOT of SD Card folder to the ROOT of your SD (There is an Imgburn installer there if you want it.)

Step 2: Install CIOS36Rev7

Picture of Install CIOS36Rev7

In this step we install cIOS36 Rev7

Step 1: Open the Homebrew Channel

Step 2: Click on the App labeled "Apps/cIOS Rev7/boot.dol" and then click Load

Step 3: Read the Disclaimer and Agree or Disagree

Step 4: Select WAD INSTALL

Step 5: Once it is done, select the option to restart your Wii

Step 6: You're done!

Step 3: Install DVDx

Picture of Install DVDx

Any DVDx installed must be uninstalled before preceding.

Step 1: Open The Homebrew Channel

Step 2: Select the app labeled "Apps/DVDx/boot.dol", and hit load

2a. Select "Advanced Install"
2b. For IOS, select 249 (IOS249) (You have to use the D-Pad to select 249)
2c. Hit Install

Your Done Installing DVDx

Step 4: Choose Your Path


Goto Step 5 If you want to do a Network Dump, which goes at speeds dpending on the network taking a decent 4 hours for a single layer game (most of them are SIngle Layer), and could lose connection, and you could be almost done and you get an error, and the whole thing turns out to be a waste of time.


Wii and Computer both connected to the internet in the same house

Goto Step 6 If you want to do a Local Dump, (Over SD Card or USB Stick) which goes pretty fast, taking a shorter time.


SD Card or USB Stick that can hold 4.37GB.

Step 5: Network Dump

Step 1: Open the Homebrew Channel

Step 2: Select Network Dump

Step 3: Insert Wii Game

Step 4: It will scroll a bunch of text, and when it is done it will say "Your Wii's IP Address" or something similar. Copy this down.

Step 5: Go on your computer and open an Internet Browser.

Step 6: At the top, type in your Wii's IP address, and hit Enter

Step 7: The page should have 2 links: Download ????.iso and Restart Wii

Step 8: Hit Download ????.iso

Step 9: A download window will appear. click SAVE (Not Open)

Step 10: Come back in about 8-9 hours and you will have your iso.

Continue to STEP 7

Step 6: Local Dump

I haven't tried this yet, but the instructions in the app, should be straight forward.

Get back to you later on this.

Step 7: Your Done!

Now that you have your ISO, burn it at 3x or lower speed, to a DVD-R and go to my othereinstructable here to learn how to use it.


A special thanks to waninkoko, the one who made this AND running backups possible.

Any troubleshooting will be posted here:

(None Yet)


amasran (author)2011-10-10

i would like to have the link to this homebrew or email m please

goatambush (author)2010-02-25

the link doesn't work

liljustinc (author)2010-02-04

Where do you choose your burn speed? im using imgburn, btw im new to hacking so its true if you say "YoU sUcK aT hAcKiNg Nubb!!"

liljustinc (author)2010-02-03

I think you can do it on any version. I have 4.2 and i managed to get Cios249 up and running.

xboxredring (author)2010-01-07

 This does work. Great instrtuct! I also found this guide to be very helpful when trying to play burned wii games. 

<a href="">How To Backup Wii Games</a>

fernxtwo (author)2010-01-03

pick the corresponding NTSC or PAL files.

southernmommy22 (author)2009-11-01

Can any dvd burner work??????Does any one recommend any that are not too much money please.............Lite on is cheap,,prob to cheap ???????any help would be nice thanks...

just13 (author)2009-09-26

could you please re post the links, they are dead

daz666black (author)2009-09-08

Where did the files go? Is there another link that works?

maxpower49 (author)2009-09-03

link doesn't work

RedFlash (author)2009-08-29

You need to fix the download link. It keeps on saying "File Not Found"

Matix947 (author)2009-08-23

Please somebody provide a mirror of the rapidshare link in step 1. We need those files

Jrob420 (author)2009-08-02

files removed by uploader? please put them back up

Motta (author)2009-07-28

Files are not there anymore...

stephbr (author)2009-07-27

Hi, the raqpidshare files isnt there anymore - can you please reload or email to me. Thanks

lawandorder10 (author)2009-07-22

Took me 2 hours to transfer it to PC at 560 kb/sec. Not too bad really!

traidam (author)2009-07-15

My wii system version is 3.4. Where can i dl the file for version 3.4. thanks

barri_kid (author)2009-07-13

I have been told to use +R disks, what is the difference between + and -. The reason why I have +R is that the disks are thinner and the Wii will not work as hard to read them

jaxxster1 (author)2009-07-09

i cannot find "IOS 249" what am i doing wrong?

jaxxster1 (author)jaxxster12009-07-09

it goes from 61 to 254. also i am having trouble installing the backup channel. is there another link to try?

blee38 (author)2009-04-06

Aaah does anyon know how to play new wii games without updating firmware. I am running 3.2U and want to keep it that way. I tried Gecko OS but get error 002 and same thing happens with wii disc channel.

Solderguy (author)blee382009-04-26

You have to patch it, here is the address of a simple patcher, it might not work on the brand new games:

conradev (author)Solderguy2009-07-06

you dont need to patch it anymore

A.C.E. (author)Solderguy2009-07-03

i downloaded the new conduit game and didnt even need to patch it. i just ran it through the backup loader.. maybe it was patched before i downloaded it idk.

Steve41185 (author)2009-02-04

One question. Could I use a DVD-RW??? Also exactly what brand of DVDs could I use then.

A.C.E. (author)Steve411852009-07-03

yes, get dvd-r discs made by sony. i have tried about 3 other brands when sony was not available and they got a disc read error within a day, but the first game i burned over 5 months ago still works like a charm on a sony disc : )

Tomcat94 (author)Steve411852009-06-14

The wii sees right through a DVD-RW. Rewriteables are out of the question. In any case, use a DVD-R. You can buy 100 of them for ten bucks, they're not that expensive.

A.C.E. (author)2009-07-03

im willing to try to rip a game iso onto my hard drive when i get back from vacation. i will make a youtube video and just send you the url or something. While im out of town i will hack one of my friends wiis. he is into backing up his games because he has a little sister who is old enough to think it is fun to hide/break his games. i have personally seen 2 of these experiences lol. i just hope she doesnt get to "triggerhappy" and go for something bigger like the wii itself. she needs some discepline but his parents dont think its a big deal.

damianmof (author)2009-07-01

Found the problem, it's internet explorer!, use firefox or something else if you have my problem.

damianmof (author)2009-07-01

Also tried this with Wii Fit, same thing, iso size 386mb

damianmof (author)2009-07-01

Everything seems to work but when I try to rip Twilight Princess from DVD it shows as only 386mb this seems way to small for an iso. the file is RZDP.iso will it not work because I used this disk for the homebrew?

InFamous1 (author)2009-03-10

Also, I burned at 2x because I was getting error messages so I lowered the burn speed and it worked without errors.

Tomcat94 (author)InFamous12009-06-14

Yeah, It's always a good idea to burn at the slowest speed you possibly can. This helps prevents any bad burns. It's slower, yeah, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for in quality. :)

traidam (author)2009-05-20

Can we use SDHC(Secure Digital High Capacity) card or have to be SD(Secure Digital) card????

AFAIK you can use SDHC, infact a tutorial of adding an external hard-drive to the Wii recommended it.

Yeah, this guide is about to be replaced by a SD, SHC and USB guide

conradev (author)traidam2009-05-21

SD would be a safer move

blee38 (author)2009-04-05

Awesome tutorial, worked easily but should be noted that in order to do this you need 3.2 firmware or lower. Also, should I be concerned with having my Wii running for 6 hours?

stomp_442 (author)2009-03-18

you all should try the website "", lots of info there. There's also another called "".

InFamous1 (author)2009-03-11

Okay so I forced NTSC and the game Skate It worked in color, but when I go to force NTSC for Spongebob Atlantis Squarepantis it gets stuck on the green screen.. I will try and burn at a slower speed to see if this works.. Any Ideas??

nightmare434 (author)2009-02-02

hey, i get an error when it's installing the second IOS basically this is what it says, <br/>"Installing Custom IOS, please wait...<br/>>>Title patched successfully!!<br/>Installing Custom IOS, please wait...<br/>>>Installing ticket... ERROR! (ret = -2011)"<br/>can anybody help?<br/>

chunkie1958 (author)nightmare4342009-03-10

error 2811 means you don't have must have a 3.4...and it can be done ..I've done 4 now..a lot of places say if you have 3.4 forget it...but I guess they haven't looked hard enough..

chunkie1958 (author)nightmare4342009-03-01

Yes there is hope for you and your 3.4 ...I just had to do one myself..took a ton of reading and even then had to use bits and pieces of 4 different programs to get it need SoftMii v2.1.1 it has 2 of the programs you need and then the you will need DVDx34..made for 3.4...and the file that was at the beginning of this I think it was called SD card files..if you read threw the readme text you'll figure it out...good luck

I'll try to remember everything I had to do..then post it in here ..but it may take a day or 2.but I think the most important part is that in the softmii program you will find a custom Wad installer when you run it it has wad cOIs16 and it has cOIS249 run the 16 then run the 249...I think this will install the cOIS249 that you aren't getting now..and get the DVDx34 and replace the DVDx boot.dol with the boot.elf from the DVDx34 I said took a lot of reading...

Dsage (author)nightmare4342009-02-27

What version of the Wii's System Menu do you have? If you have 3.4 its useless. But you can downgrade it.

InFamous1 (author)2009-03-10

Steve I am not sure about dvd-rw, wouldn't see why not it is still proper media. But with all things in life, you get what you pay for so I always use verbatim. I have no problems and I use dvd+r. I just played my first game copy) after adding the homebrew and a few other apps. QUESTION HELP I downloaded and burned 1 game SpongeBob Atlantis Squarepantis with imgburn and I load it left the Force NTSC off and it plays in black and white. So I rebooted and Forced NTSC and I get this green screen. The Download says PAL. Skate it is almost done downloaded will try that one. Thanks!!!

InFamous1 (author)2009-03-09

Okay, I do not see any options at all for anything in Homebrew unless I have a SD card in. Where do get this option?

seanybiker (author)InFamous12009-03-10

You have to keep the SD card in the wii, thats where the homebrew is installed to. You can download homebrew disc loader either and just brun the homebrew onto a disc and work from there.

DementedWolf (author)2009-02-23

If I do the local dump, it puts the game on an SD card or flash drive, will it put it on two if one is a 4 gig and the other is a 2 gig?

dsilver668 (author)2009-02-22

Has anyone tried to hook up a USB hard drive? It is faster than wireless and I don't have a large capacity memory stick. The USB HD is 120 GIG which means I can backup all my purchased games or at least a good chunk in one session then burn to backup DVD. I have three kids and they are less than considerate when handling.

DementedWolf (author)2009-02-21

When I try to do it, I keep getting Error! (ret = -10315 or 10015) The small text is hard to see.

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