How to Install a Wii USB GX

By Steven French

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • SD card

  • USB hard drive

USB Loader GX allows you to store games to a USB hard drive.
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USB Loader GX is a program you can install in the Homebrew channel of a soft-modded Nintendo Wii. It allows you to connect a USB hard drive to the Wii and back up your games to the hard drive. The games can then be loaded and played directly from the hard drive. This is especially convenient for parents with small children, as it keeps the original game discs safe from scratches and other damage.

Turn of your Wii and open the front cover. Press on the SD card to release it, then pull it straight toward you to remove it.

Insert the SD card into the SD slot of your computer, or use an SD card adapter, if necessary. The computer will open a window asking what you would like to do with the files. Click “Do Nothing.”

Download the USB Loader GX Easy Installer (see "Resources"). Choose a location to save the file.

Double-click the file to begin the installer. Click “Next” and leave the default options checked on the “Choose Components” screen, then click “Next” again.

Change the drive letter in the “Destination Folder” box to the drive letter of your SD card. For example, change “F:\apps\usbloader_gx” to “G:\apps\usbloader_gx” if your SD card is drive G. Click “Install” to begin installing the files and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.

Remove the SD card from your computer and insert it back into the slot on the front of the Wii. Close the front panel.

Connect your USB hard drive to the bottom USB port on the back of the Wii. Only the bottom port supports USB hard drives.

Turn on the Wii and aim the cursor at the “Homebrew Channel” icon and press “A.” Aim the cursor at “USB Loader GX” and press “A,” then aim at “Load” and press “A” to launch USB Loader GX.

Insert a game disc and choose “Install” to load the game from the disc onto the hard drive. Continue installing as many games as you like.