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.
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 :(
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
Sydneysyd4 years ago
Thx 4 ur instructable, always run ! Great ! ^^
i got a error when formatting, why id that
IamElliF4 years ago
This is my problem. So from the wiibrew website I installed homebrew and bootmii threw the Indiana pwns exploit. From this point I'm totally clueless because all vids and websites instruct me on how to do it all at once with there packs but I've already installed homebrew and bootmii...I need to know what to do from this point on in order to play downloaded games from my USB external hard drive. I also need an up to date program that will format my external hard drive to wbfs and transfer the downloaded games onto the hard drive as well. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated
MTB20105 years ago
I downloaded the WBFS and tried putting my game file in its a .rar but says it fails becaus theres a password on it, how do i get past this?
adi badaya5 years ago
i wanna convert my flash drive to WBFS format .but after that can i use it the same before or that will be permanent
boyflai5 years ago
I have been trying to put games on my wii for months and still have no idea how to do it. For step 2, I got a game that is a ciso and made a rar file out of it. So when i try to put the game to load into the wii, all it did was pop up and then close. Do i need a better game? any is there anysuggestion for a game download website since i don't know how to use torrent.
Lukissio5 years ago
My WBFS software can't format my SD card is that because I did something wrong or is it that it's an SD card? :/
I have transfered wii sports resort to my usb devise but it has gone over as 0.83GB as apposed to 4.38GB that it actually is. is this correct? I have done the same with bolt and it shows the same in both and works fine!!!!!!
Solderguy (author)  darrenthorpe5 years ago
Yes it is the correct size. 4.3 GB is the size of the DVD, not the size of that game data. You'll be surprised how small they can make the games.
For some reason when I transfered SSBB it went up to 6.8 gig from 4.7 any ideas on how to fix that? Any help would be greatly appreciated because id be able to fit alot more games on my 16 Gb flash drive. Awesome work on the tut by the way :)
 for some reason it lets ne start to load the iso ro the hard drive but it like freezes and stops like after 4 minutes and hey scrubbed games so theyre not that long to upload i have done it before and it went quick but my hard drive messed up for some reason so i had to upload it again but it is taking forever to upload
seashark5 years ago
 so if i format the drive i cant use it for other stuff EX:/store movies,songs,exec...etc
Garield5 years ago
Hi, I've transfered several games however the ones I put on the HDD via the computer don't work. Eventhough the ones caputerd from a disc do work. First i thought of a corrupet iso but after 6 differnt iso's, i think something else is wrong. Can you help?
nope2dope335 years ago
Actually though... it's a software limitation, hence it won't let you play certain games from certain media. USB, CD, and HDD, should all be valid sources for media, it's very feasible, they just chose not to support it in there software they wrote for the 'already capable hardware.'
ultimatesx95 years ago
One quick Qeustion, does this work for GameCube games or not? I'm hiting holes in my door since it fails to put them on...
Solderguy (author)  ultimatesx95 years ago
No, unfortunately this will never work with Gamecube games. While playing Gamecube games the Wii is restricted from using the usb, wi-fi, and bluetooth controller. This doesn't have a workaround since it is a hardware limitation and not a software limitation.