I’m pretty close to getting RetroPie working. I’ve got my RPI2, powered usb hub, controllers and a 16gb microsd card with RetroPie for rpi2 image installed on it.
I’ve got around 5GB of nes, snes, N64 and megadrive roms ready to put on it but I’m not sure how to load them onto it.
I’ve read that after plugging my external hard drive into the Pi when RetroPie is on, it should create a bunch of folders on my hard drive, I can then plug the hard drive into a windows machine and transfer my roms into the appropriate folders. Plug the hard drive back into the pi, boot up and retropi should transfer the roms onto the SD card automatically.
I’ve tried this but when looking at the external hard drive from my computer there’re no folders to place my ROMS into.
Can anyone explain why the folders aren’t being created on my external hard drive?
A few possible reasons why this might not be working that I’ve thought of:
– The external hard drive I plugged into the rpi2 already has a load of files on it, at the root there are 3 folders: Films TV Shows ROMS
– This could be the name of the folder that’s automatically created by RetroPie already and is confusing it.
– The hard drive is NTFS formatted. – My installation of RetroPie isn’t setup properly.
If anyone has any suggestions that would be greatly appreciated.
I’m wondering if anyone is able to provide me with the folder structures and names for my external hard drive and I’ll just manually create the folders and place them there myself?
You’re not going to be able to read that hard drive from the Pi. Especially an NTFS formatted drive. With some linux expertise, you could theoretically install the drivers needed to read an NTFS formatted drive, but it seems to me your going about this the really hard way.
Instead, why not connect the drive to your Windows PC and use WinSCP (it’s free) to copy the files to the appropriate directories on the Pi under /home/pi/RetroPie/roms
Ignore that comment, it looks like you can mount NTFS partitions in Raspbian without loading any extra drivers (though I haven’t tested it personally).
That said, I’d still recommend you use your PC to copy the ROMs over to the SD card 🙂