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March 30, 2009 // 6:41 pm - Just a few days back Nintendo Wii developer Waninkoko's USB iSO Loader v1.0 was leaked shortly following a video release of it.

As of today, he has officially released a 100% working version, however, his blog appears down at the moment.

That being said, those interested can grab the official release versions below:

Download: USB Loader 1.0 / cIOS Rev 9 / USB Loader 1.0 [Mirror] / cIOS Rev 9 [Mirror]

Enjoy all!

USB Loader 1.0 & cIOS Rev 9 for Nintendo Wii Officially Released

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#19 - labonte - April 1, 2009 // 1:07 pm
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Here's the Windows command line based WBFS Tool that cfwprophet is talking about if anyone is looking for it.

#18 - cfwprophet - April 1, 2009 // 11:06 am
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Its not Hard to make a channel
I have to get the Waad Maker to run to day than i will make a Ultima Ratio CFW 4.0!
Hb FW 4.0 with Startpatch v4.0 for sure the USB Loader as channel and i want to recompile the cIOS-CORE for FW 4.0 if this is possible.And like from the first time it will be a completly offline install (only wad's).

And it is allready a Windows command line based WBFS Tool out.So for now it should be called WiiBackupFileSystem.

#17 - labonte - April 1, 2009 // 10:41 am
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Found this USB_LAUNCHER channel on on the web don't know if it works yet but here you go install it via the wad installer.

#16 - libralion - March 31, 2009 // 9:43 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Jonny202003 View Post

EDIT2: Apparently it's just brawl that has an issue, I don't think the loader supports dual layer discs yet.

Wow, is that right? I am thinking about installing smash bro tonight. Has anyone installed the dual layer games successfully yet? Also, it would be awesome if the partition can be recognized and utilized on PC.

#15 - IHM - March 31, 2009 // 8:04 pm
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i get error ret-1 when trying to install cIOS36 rev9 ?

#14 - Jonny202003 - March 31, 2009 // 6:04 pm
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It would be awesome if someone could make this into a stand-alone channel.

Also, how can I move the loader to be the first homebrew on the HBC list?

Everything was working great until I tryed to install smash bros brawl, it froze and crashed at 40% and looks like it bricked my hardrive....great....oh well it wasn't a big or new hardrive for that matter anyway.

EDIT: after constantly plugging and unplugging my hardrive my pc finally recognized my hardrive again! was able to reformat it and start over. I think the issue was the hardrive didn't have enough space for brawl and it didn't know how to handle it.

EDIT2: Apparently it's just brawl that has an issue, I don't think the loader supports dual layer discs yet.

#13 - PS4 News - March 31, 2009 // 5:22 pm
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I saw cIOS usb2 beta3 was posted ( by kwiirk now...


=== Disclaimer ===
This software is in beta stage, it is not heavily tested, but proved to work on the author system.
Physical damages to your hardrive is possible due to very immature state of the code.
Damages to hard-drive data are very possible.
See the NO WARANTY part of the GPL license.

Please dont use this software for illegal purpose.

=== beta3 changelog ===
*improved the reliability of the usbstorage driver. It now resets the drive if it starts to error.
*implemented libwbfs, a filesystem to store wii backups on an harddrive (see readme in sources for details)
*implemented yal, the most simple usb-loader.
*Two versions are available.
**cios_usb2_install is IOS 202, and does not contain the DIP plugin nor yal.
**cios_usb2_dip_install is IOS 222, and is not distributed on Please do not link to it on wiibrew.

Wii Backup File System(WBFS) by Kwiirk.

WBFS is a simple file system to store wii backup in an efficient way on a harddrive.

=== Wii Filesystem ===
All Wii Games do not take advantage of the whole 4.7GB DVD.
A lot of WII dvd sectors are in fact never used, even if there is random encrypted garbage in it.
WBFS knows about the wiidisc filesystem, and will copy on the wbfs partition only the part that are really usefull.
The idea of ignoring unused wiidisc sectors is not new, and is implemented in the WiiScrubber tool.

=== Disclaimer ===
WBFS is a filesystem tool that may damage you disc partition if you dont know what you are doing.
WBFS is in a early beta stage, a number of safety checks are not done, that may cause bugs.
Please save your data, and report bugs (please be productive, and explain exactly the problem)
The authors of the software decline all responsabilities on damage that can been done by the use of this software.
This tool is not made to encourage piracy, only use your own backups from your own games.

=== Usage ===
This version of wbfs only runs on linux, and will probably compile and work on other unixes including MacOSX even if it has not been tested.

Before using wbfs tool, you must format your harddrive. use the tool gparted from linux.
make a new primary partition of type "unformatted"
If you dont know how to do it, then wbfs in its current form is not for you, forget it or you will lose data. Sorry.

I assume now that $PART is the name of your recently created partition ( e.g. PART=/dev/sdc2 ), and your working directory is the binary release of wbfs_linux
You must be root, or have read/write access to your partition ( "adduser disk" on debian and co plus relogging will do the stuff)

*init the partition:
./wbfs -p $PART init
then wbfs can find automatically your wbfs partition inside your disks.

*add an iso to your partition
./wbfs add

*list the wiidisc that are on the wbfs, you will get the DISCID, game name, number of wide sectors used, and number of GB used.
./wbfs ls

*count the number of wide sectors / GB available on your partition
./wbfs df

*build Homebrew Channel directories for all the games in your partition
This will actually make a directory for each game with the DISCID of the game,
copy the icon.png and boot.dol of the current directory, and make a meta.xml with the name of the game
./wbfs mkhbc

Then copy all the directories in the apps directory of your sdcard.

#12 - Vision - March 31, 2009 // 2:52 pm
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Hi all I'd just like to run through the steps I did for getting this to work in case anyone is having problems.

I started with my western digital passport 500gb that was already formatted to NTFS. I used Vista's partition manager to shrink that down 20gb. I then told the manager to not format that new 20gb partition except for raw data (it's an official partition just no file system).

I ran the cIOS36 rev9 without hitch. USB Loader loads up and I tell it I want to install a game. It lists possible partitions and both the 465gb NTFS and 20gb RAW partition show up. I clicked on the 20gb partition and it formatted it in a few seconds.

With my burn of Madworld in the drive I clicked install game again and the drive motor clicks and the game begins installing. Took about 30min but Madworld is now installed to my USB drive and runs smooth and fast like any good USB 2.0 ISO

#11 - Alucard - March 31, 2009 // 12:24 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by labontecar43 View Post
This works great and copys the disc fast the only thing I'm confused about is how you load iso files on it when the hdd is not recognized by windows.

The games only install trough the program it self!!! until a tool from windows is release.
Quote Originally Posted by libralion View Post
Hi guys, the loader works with no problem on my wii. Only confusion is my 40gig HDD only shows 1.25 gig in the loader, but after I installed 4 games, the volume became 3.5 gig. No idea why, but never mind, it works great!!!!

don't worry this is a bug in the program i have 15 games on my hdd and the keep installing with no problem and it keep saying that i don't have space on the hdd status.
Quote Originally Posted by apie View Post
Sounds nice

Does anybody know wich filesystem is needed on the USB-Device?
FAT32 wouldn't be the best, because of the 4GB filesize-limit....

The loader format the hdd to wbs, this is the file system that it use.
Quote Originally Posted by anticon View Post
Am I right to assume you need to install the twilight hack before you can use this software or is there another way?

You will nee the HBC to run this app so yes you need the twilight hack to install the HBC

#10 - anticon - March 31, 2009 // 12:15 pm
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Am I right to assume you need to install the twilight hack before you can use this software or is there another way?