How to play Wii backups from a usb stick with no modchip.

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Tired of bad DVD burns? Wii laser die out on you? Want to rip Wii games directly from your Wii's dvd to your hard drive? This instructable is perfect for you! With this instructable, you will be able to play all your favorite Wii games on your Wii from a usb stick or usb hard drive!

Hardware requirements:
3.4 or earlier Wii firmware
Large usb stick or usb external usb hard drive.
Computer with usb ports

Software requirements:
The Homebrew channel
WBFS manager 3.0 or later
rev 10 installer with usb loader
Wii game iso
(OPTIONAL: All region Wii game covers.)

I am not the author of these program, I am not responsible for any damage you make to your Wii, computer, yourself, other people around you, your dog, you get the picture. The programs are only for playing backups of games you already own.###
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Step 1: Install WBFS Manager.

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Download these files:

Uncompress the WBFS Manager rar file with 7-zip.
Click on the WBFS Manager setup icon.
A new screen will pop up and tell you that the program will install WBFS Manager on your computer. Click next.
It will then ask you to save to files in a folder. Either choose a folder or leave it on the default folder.
Click next. It will now tell you that it is ready to install to your hard drive. Click Next to begin the installation process. When it is done installing press "Close."

Step 2: Download the Wii iso to your usb device.

This next step explains how to load a Wii ISO to you usb device.

The first step is to get a Wii iso backup file. (I can't tell you where.)

Plug in your usb device in your computer . Click on the WBFS Manager 2.5 icon on your desktop. A new scree n will open. Use the drop-down tab under "Edit" in the upper left corner to choose your usb device drive letter.

(WARNING: Be very careful not to format your hard drive! Make sure you're drive number is right!)

Now click format to delete the contents on your USB device and change the format to WBFS.

(Note: You will not be able to use the USB drive only to store Wii isos because the computer operating system doesn't recognize the WBFS format).

After you're done formatting click the "Load button to load the contents of your USB device. It's empty.

Click the "Browse" button in the lower right corner to open a new window, locate your Wii ISO, click it, and click "Open" in the lower right corner.
It will take a few seconds to load. You should see it in the right half of the WBFS Manager window. Hover your mouse over it to see it's game cover.
Now click "Add to Device" to compress your Wii ISO and add it to your usb device.
It will take about 5 minutes to upload the file to a usb device.
After it's done, either close the program and take your usb device out of your computer and go to the next step, or add more games to your usb device.

Step 3: Install USB loader application on your Wii Homebrew Channel.

This next step will explain how to usb loader on your Wii.

Before you can install usb loader to your Wii you first need the files in your SD card.

Unrar the usb hack rar file with Winrar or 7-Zip and copy the contents of the "Copy contents to root" folder to the root of your SD card. Pretty self explanatory. If you get a window asking you to merge folders click yes. Now comes the tricky part.

(Optional: You can also download the covers for the games.
The reason I say it's optional is because it contains over 1300 game covers and will occupy 100 MB in your SD card. But it's convenient to have so you don't have to squint to read the game text on the tv. Just download it, uncompress the Covers zip file with 7-ZIP and drag the covers folder to the usb-loader folder in the root on your SD card.. You will get a prompt to merge folders and click yes )

Remove any Gamecube memory cars and Gamecube controllers from the Wii.
Insert the SD card into your Wii, turn the Wii on and go to the Homebrew channel.

Click on "cIOS36rev10" and click load. The screen will go black for a second and you will then be in the cIOS36rev10 installer. Use the directional arrows to choose WAD installation and click A. After a few minutes it will have completed the installation of cIOS rev 10.
Now, restart your wii, go back to the Homebrew channel, and go to Wad Manager 1.3 and click load.
Choose the SD card, press A, then choose the WAD "USBLoadermodBrisma.wad" and press the + button on your Wii remote. After a few moments it will have completed installing the USB channel.
Press "HOME" on your Wii remote to restart your Wii.

Step 4: Install USB loader Channel in your Wii.

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This step will explain how to install the usb loader channel to your Wii menu.

First go to the homebrew channel then load the WAD manager.

The screen will go green for a second and you will see a disclaimer on the screen. Press "A" on your Wii remote to continue.
Use your left and right directional arrows on your Wii remote to select SD card.
Now you will see a USBLoadermodBrisma WAD file.
Use the down key to select it and press "+" on your Wii remote to install it.
After it finishes installing, press your HOME button te restart the Wii.
On your Wii menu there should be a new channel called usb loader channel.

Step 5: Using the USB loader channel and playing your games.

In this next step I will explain how to use your new Channel, and how you can play your games on it.

First, plug your usb device into your Wii usb slot and start the USB loader channel.

Here are the controls for the USB loader channel:

"+" button: Lets you install a game. (I haven't figured out how this works.)
"-" button: Lets you delete a game.
"A" button: Lets you select and start a game.
"B" button: Lets you go back to menu if you choose the wrong game.
"1" button: Forces the game to play in PAL mode.
"2" button: Forces the game to play in NTSC mode.

Next, use the left and right directional arrows to choose "USB mass storage device", and click A.

It will load all the games on your USB drive and if you downloaded the covers it will show you their cover. Use the up and down directional arrows and press "A" to choose your game. Press "A" again to load your game and press "A" one last time to play your game.

If you have any problems just ask it in the comments below.

Step 6: Troubleshooting.

I finally had the time to write the solutions to some Wii error codes. If at any time you Wii spits an error code at you, here two of the most common errors, and their solutions.

Common error codes and solutions:

Error Code:ret= -1 
Cause:You are missing a Cios (249, 222 or something like that)
Solution: Install Cios 249 or 222, or whatever cios is needed by the usb loader you are using.

Error Code:ret= -2011
Cause: A signing bug that allowed the execution of code was patched by /nintendo is system menu 4.0 and higher.
Solution: Run trucha bug restorer to restore the exploit on your Wii.

For the errors that I didn't bother to write down, here is a list of common Wii errors and their solutions:

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bobp71 month ago

I'm stuck on step 3; I couldn't download the rev 10 installer, the link seems to not work. I tried other sites but I also couldn't download from them. I do have the latest version of it (cIOSX_rev21-Installer), though I don't know what to do. I tried to install it, but some attempts ended up failing and some left the Wii frozen. Do I have to install rev 10 or can I just load my backup games on USBLoader without installing it? Any detailed instructions would help.

sander3392 months ago

i have installed it correctly and the HBC sees the games on the HDD, but if i open a game and click on play, i see a black screen and the wii freezes. I have to disconnect the power cable and reattach it.

Can anyone help me with this?

MikeyB24 months ago

Yo, I hear the the WBFS manager has the option to download covers from the internet. This is not working... Am i supposed to use a .Png file? Or Something else?

I'm very confused...

Santos664 months ago
I get an error when I try to format the usb drive. Help?
Rayhaant5 months ago

Can Gamecube isos be used?

Rayhaant5 months ago

Can Gamecube isos be used?

DaltonS7 months ago

How do I get more games

Lagscope1 year ago
Thx so much I have been trying this and kept failing
donkeyknee2 years ago
Thats extremely good...
roperdoug3 years ago
I'm new at this. I have my black Wii with 4.3U modded with Homebrew and am able to play games loaded onto a 16 gb USB Flash drive. I use WBFS Manager to load the games. I have loaded two games ISOs which are 4.5 GB no problem. But I have other ISOs the same size that will not load. I know the WBFS are partitioned. I had three games loaded and all three runs. Why do some load and others not?
I really want to be able to play free games but I have a couple questions before I do it...do i have to mod my system in order to play downloaded games? and if i do mod my system will i still be able to do everything i could before on it? such as play store bought games? please somebody help :(
Index32dc3 years ago
Must I downgrade from 4.3u to get a USB Loader to work? Please can someone help me either way with a step-by-step tutorial.
vishalapr3 years ago
Does anyone want me to make a tutorial for the 4.3 wii or can you easily follow the website I posted in here previously...in this ible previously...
I hoping you have a tut and the links to download tools for installing the usb loader for 4.3u, this tutorial(which I have tried hoping it works) doesn't and gives my the blank screen and controller goes out of sync, when I try to run the IOS36-64. I have soft mod HBC 1.0.8 created through letterbomb method. and have had no other issues. I have used the HomeBrew Browser to download many appz some which also have an issue with the v4.3. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Can i have a tut for a 4.3e wii please. i am using wiiflow and have a 1gb usb stick i have a 8gb sd card with wiiware on and i am getting a 1tb hard drive to plug in to usb port 2 but i want a tutorial that tells me how i can run the wii system off the 1gb usb stick as i don't know how to transfer the data to the usb stick and get it to read from it .....please anyone can you help a noob
I made it :)

Here is the link :

Hope you will like it
cheers for that :)
i dumped my nand on to the 1gb stick last night but it appears there are no gamesaves or channels on the dump. i want my 1gb stick to have to have channels and gamesaves on so when i boot up my wii it loads all my channels and gamesaves from the usb stick 1gb is ample for what i need.

the 1tb hard drive im buying will be for my wbfs game files, how many would i get on a 1tb about 200?

thanks again for your help
*Try comment on the ible coz others might have similar problems so they can solve it by the answers thanks :)*

In 1 TB hard drive about 350 games can fit, as I have a 500 GB hard drive and by using wii WBFS manager, I can fit about 200 games and it just depends on the game :)

Super smash bros takes 7.2 GB where as wii sports only takes 700 MB .

Using WBFS manager is good coz it scrubs the files before adding them to the dirve (Removing unwanted junk as publishers add extra junk to get the capacity to standard wii disk of 4.3 GB) and then it will add it to the disk which saves a lot of space :)

On my ible could you recommend me some good wii games like 10 -15 thx :)

on a different matter my brother in law soft modded his wii but some reason priiloader enabled system updates so when his daughter put the wii on she accepted the disk update, the wii is not bricked, however neogamma no longer works and i don't think he has a back up nand. is it possible to fix?
ozart3 years ago
have been at this for 3 days now an keep getting stuck...

Am running Wii 4.3E & 2TB external hard drive & 2GB SD card
have already got the homebrew channel installed :)

am trying to install the usb loader....

i try an load the WAD Manager v1.3 (keep getting Error code RET = - 1029) :(

i try an load custom ios installer v1.7 (keep getting Error code RET = - 1017) :(

also when looked at USB Loader comes up
NO WBFS partition found need to format ( I already did this via my computer then formatted and then WBFS formatted) wii tries to partion an i get RET =-6

also after i have downloaded games from (Piratebay, wiiiso & isohunt )
i extract them to WBFS an they still show as a winrar sysmbol but show as iso at the end and after using WBFS i look at my harddrive thru computer an it shows empty...

HELP.... Kids r home on hoildays an driving me nuts


msørensen53 years ago
This doesn't work!!!
My screen goes black, for infinity hours, when i load the clos3610 thing, and with the WAD Manager!!!
ijaredguard3 years ago
I have used WBSFS to upload an iso file into my usb but it wont install in my wii. What else do I need to do? I already have homebrew installed.
What do you use for it?! wiiflow or configurable usb loader or what?!
vishalapr3 years ago
I use wii flow because I thought it was faster and more awesomer...
Now they have realeased a new softmod...its letterbomb, works for Wii version 4.3 and no game disk required!!!!
Letterbomb works great, but good luck getting wbfs games to run on 4.3
i have 4.3 and wbfs works fine in every way,just to let those who have 4.3 know my wii is a black one
How did you do it? With this guide? Can you please post info?
Here is the solution for 4.3 without game disk mate!


In chapter 1 part 1 go to letterbomb!


Hope it helps!
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That tutorial worked perfectly! I downgraded to 4.1U and Configurable USBLoader worked great the first time!
Glad it helped! :)
What I did was installed letterbomb then in the installation downgraded my Wii to 4.1, and then I could easily install WiiFlow and then I just download wbfs files and convert them into ISo files or just download ISO files and then use WBFS manager to put them on USB!
cball73 years ago
I keep running into the black freeze screen as well. I have no idea what else to do
quick question, does the wbfs partition have to be the first partition on the drive? and by this i mean i have an external hdd with 3 partitions of data and about 200gb of unpartitioned space, would the wii still be able to pick up the stuff on partition 4 or would it read from only partition 1? if possible i would like to avoid having to move all my data to another partition

heres a diagram if that was too confusing
| data | data | data | unpartitioned |

just wondering if anyones tried this and if it worked or whatnot
other than that little issue, i love this instructable, this whole website is just amazing
shohamalh4 years ago
I don't know if Someone posted a commet about this but as far as I've seen noone did.
I've followed your guide and everything was good untill I've put the USB into the wii.
I've ran the loader and it asked run from USB/SD
I've clicked USB and it sais It needs partitioning.. I've clicked ok do it and it sais error..
it's probably because I've files in the USB but still... Ideas?

Thx in advanced!

mm34 years ago
I'm having an issue here. My homebrew channel doesn't show anything on the screen except for "The Homebrew Channel" on the bottom left and a wifi logo on the bottom right. Aside from that, it's just bubbles when I put the SD card in. The card is formatted to fat, and I copied the file to the root. Not sure what I'm missing here.
huff610 mm34 years ago
I had the same problem back when i first put the HomeBrew channel on my wii.

All you have to do, is go onto: www.wehackwii.pbworks.com

Click "Wii Channels" in the sidebar on the right, from there, you want to scroll down to the "HomeBrew Browser" Channel

Download it, extract, put into Root of SD Card

RePlug you SD Card into your Wii

Launch HomeBrew Channel, and then

eman955 years ago
My wiimote is losing sinc after I load the "cIOS36rev10". Please somebody help!!
Same Problem...someone can help us.... PLEASE?!?!?!
jaxxster14 years ago
where can one NOT find an iso? NOT find.
prowan-14 years ago
Follow this - much better and it works..

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