BootMii allows for backing up and restoring your Wii’s NAND storage. This page will guide you in backing up your Wii’s NAND to an SD Card, which you can then use however you like.
Family edition Wiis (Wiis without GameCube ports) CANNOT restore NAND backups. This is because of the lack of GameCube ports which are required on non-boot2 Wiis to enter the restoration confirmation code. Regardless, it is still recommended to make one on these consoles.
You need an SD card to use BootMii at all, but especially to create a NAND backup. If you do not have an SD card on hand right now, you can skip this page, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to return to this page later to back up your NAND.
Navigating BootMii is not possible using a Wii Remote. You must use the POWER and RESET buttons on your console, or a GameCube controller plugged into port 1. To navigate between options, press POWER on your Wii (or left/right on the +Control Pad on a GameCube controller). To select an option, press RESET on your Wii or A on your GameCube controller. You will NEED to use a GameCube controller to restore a NAND backup in the future if BootMii is installed as IOS.
Launch BootMii button does not appear in the Homebrew Channel, re-launch the HackMii Installer and install BootMii.
If the screen stays black and the blue disc drive light is blinking upon launching BootMii, you are missing the BootMii files on your SD card. Download this zip file and extract it to the root of your SD card, then try again.
- An SD card with a minimum 512MB of free space (1GB or more recommended)
If you have BootMii installed as boot2, you will need to launch BootMii by restarting the console. Skip steps 1 and 2 if this is the case.
- Power on your console.
- Launch the Homebrew Channel.
Press the HOME Button, then select “Launch BootMii”.
You should see an image similar to the below now on your screen:
Select the Options button (the icon with the gears).
Select the first button to the left.
- A NAND backup will start. You can watch the progress on the screen.
- “Bad Blocks” are normal, and mostly originate from the factory due to NAND binning. Don’t worry when you see some on a NAND backup.
- After the previous step completes, BootMii will verify the backup. Ideally, all the blocks should be green after the verification process.
- If you have factory bad blocks with uncorrectable pages, these blocks may fail to verify. As long all non-bad blocks are successfully verified, this should be fine.
Press the Back button (the one with an arrow), then press either the Wii Menu button or the Homebrew Channel button to exit BootMii.
Note: restoring a NAND backup is usually a last resort. There often better ways to unbrick your console.
Try your best to identify your brick condition and reverse the action that caused it in the first place.
To restore from a NAND backup on your SD card, you can follow the instructions for RestoreMii (Original Wii only).
Two files will have been created on the root of your SD Card:
nand.bin is your Wii’s internal memory, while
keys.bin are your console’s keys.
Continue to Priiloader Installation
Priiloader adds a secondary level of brick protection, and is highly recommended even if BootMii was installed as boot2. It is especially important for users of BootMii on IOS.