usb hdd set up guide?

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    guy’s i have a usb hdd on the way, that i intend to have all my roms on, but really have no idea where to start, the best format to use, as i would like to add and remove new and not working roms, and getting the right drivers on there to, the best way to add roms, and setting up the paths for the emulators to find the roms in the rom folders,

    the hdd i’m getting is this:

    i am using a powered usb hub, from the pi hut
    my roms are on my mac, but have access to Vista to format

    any help would be much appreciated
    oh btw i have very little coding knowledge
    thank you



    Hi! First of all you must be careful with autocopy function. This searches on the folder “roms” of the usb for new roms (if that folder doesn’t exist it’s created), and if there are new roms, it will copy them to the sd. You can deactivate it, or you can leave this folder empty and create other folder with your roms (games for example).

    Ok, you have the games in a folder, now you need to modify this file:


    How can you reach this file? you can use ssh or you can use an ftp (filezilla for example). I recommend you installing an ftp, it’s easy to manage files with it. If you have the usb plugged, you will see your folders in “/media/usb0/” if not, you have something wrong.

    In this file you can disable emulators, and change the roms folder. You only need to change roms folder for each emulator like this:

    “/Retropie/roms/mame/” change for “/media/usb0/games/mame/” for example.

    If you scrapped the roms (It means that your games have picture and information), you need to modify gamelist.xml of each emulator. Change roms and image folders.

    I think that I don’t forget anything, but feel free to ask.



    hi, thanks for the reply, i’ll be able to SSH roms to the hdd, correct?
    ok, is FAT32 or NTFS formatting better?
    and i need to do this too, if i choose NTFS yeah?


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