Backing up external HDD

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hey guys, I got a 1tb external drive fully loaded with games etc
if that suddenly dies I will be stuck and lose of all my game

is there anyway I could hook another drive up and back all of the games/content to another HDD for emergency purposes? or would I have to download everything again
 

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You can try a docking station with the same matching size drive and clone it.
but how would u clone it via the settings in the wii u menu? Any reason why the drive needs to match exactly?

I have a 1TB with the games on but potential backup drive would be 500/750GB
 

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but how would u clone it via the settings in the wii u menu? Any reason why the drive needs to match exactly?

I have a 1TB with the games on but potential backup drive would be 500/750GB

Like I said you can try a docking station with a matching size drive, it clone 1:1 ratio without the need for a computer, but Im not sure if it work, think wii u is indexed.
 

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Just know that will work for cloning the drive on the same Wii U. But if it was your Wii U that died nothing can make a drive work if you had to buy another Wii U because they encode the drive to only that Wii U. What I do is just keep backups of the WUP Installer files.
 

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Ok so to be clear

1. Connect second HDD to a docking station
2. Format the new HDD via the wii u and Go into settings and use the copy contents of the drive across to the new drive.
3. Remove the new drive (label it backup on there etc)

But if u keep backups of just the install files if the drive crashes u got to go in and copy each game again
surely an exact replacement of the HDD is better allbeit potentially a problem for saved game progresses etc.
 

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Well you don't need a docking station if you were using wii u copy and paste method, but that would take forever due to USB 2.0 speed, as for using a docking station it mirror the drive 1 for 1, should work for wii u drive as it just doing an exact clone.
 

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Well you don't need a docking station if you were using wii u copy and paste method, but that would take forever due to USB 2.0 speed, as for using a docking station it mirror the drive 1 for 1, should work for wii u drive as it just doing an exact clone.

u mean do that via windows pc? if so im not sure that windows os would see the drive contents
surely the wii u drive is it its own format but not sureon that
 

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hey guys, I got a 1tb external drive fully loaded with games etc
if that suddenly dies I will be stuck and lose of all my game

is there anyway I could hook another drive up and back all of the games/content to another HDD for emergency purposes? or would I have to download everything again
Is it really old enough to even worry about it? HDD's last for quite some time.
 

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They're unpredictable I've bought used ones on Ebay that still work from 7-8 years ago and bought new ones that died in 6 months. I think it's a good idea to back up stuff as much as possible.
Huh. I guess I just win the hard drive lottery. My HDD of 12 years is still going strong.
 

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Well it vary, I bought a laptop back in Jan 2014, the SSD from that computer still work, as for a drive in a seagate gaming dock, the thing died within two weeks lmao, so it depends.
 
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hey guys, I got a 1tb external drive fully loaded with games etc
if that suddenly dies I will be stuck and lose of all my game

is there anyway I could hook another drive up and back all of the games/content to another HDD for emergency purposes? or would I have to download everything again
Hello,

you can try this, if that's okay with you ==>DumpsterU
 
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Well it vary, I bought a laptop back in Jan 2014, the SSD from that computer still work, as for a drive in a seagate gaming dock, the thing died within two weeks lmao, so it depends.
Hello,

you can try this, if that's okay with you ==>DumpsterU

Thanks that app looks like what i need

Will check it out tomorrow
Is there any requirement to actually format the spare drive via the wii u first?
 

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sandungas, an editor for psdevwiki, explained the process of cloning a ps3 drive if you were to initialize the drive accidentally. for that, you essentially make a clone of the disk on the pc, format the same drive in the ps3 (or it can be another drive, but it must be the same size), use a hex editor to mount the disk, then copy and paste the first 512bytes or the first sector. he said you should actually copy and paste a few of the beginning sectors to be sure. that's why you should get a drive that's the same size as yours just in case there's a problem.
 

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the thing I don't know is that I think the seeprom increases by one with each format, but I don't know if that will cause a problem or if that's accurate, so don't format it on the wii u.
 

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