Can there be more than one usb HDD to install games?

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  1. sirgilmour
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    WudInstaller has filled my 128gb usb key of games, and i have a 64gb thats empty.
    But in the options i dont see anything about choosing a different hdd, so is it possible to fill the 64gb with the 128gb still in the console?
     
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    u can fill it up with games, but u can't use both simultaneously. 2 hdds at once tells the system ur going to transfer games (i.e. upgrading to a larger hard drive).
     
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    I'm also trying this usb 3.0 dynex hdd with a 300gb drive inside... not even recognized by the machine. sad
     
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    u may have to use a y cable. I'm using one with a 2TB hdd. overkill, but it works. I've had no disconnects or anything, and I play the system daily.
     
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    y cable?

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    anyway this hdd has a special hole that only the cable that came with it can use
     
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    What does the connector look like? Take a picture of it.
    The Y cable is needed to give the drive additional power as the Wii U doesn't provide enough power for USB HDDs.
     
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    Then use a powered USB hub
     
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    Yes you need to buy a Y Cable which has 2 usb ports + that port on your HDD because the WII U dont put out enough "power" in a single USB port to feed your HDD. that's why it doesnt work properly and thats why your HDD needs a Y cable to get power from 2 USB Ports at the same time.
     
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    Lol thats not a "special hole". That's a USB 3.0 connection. FWIW I always make my own "Y" cable by taking any extra USB cable I have lying around and just splicing the red and black (positive and negative) wires into the hard drive cable. Its also worth noting that a USB 3.0 drive like that can be powered by a standard USB 2.0 cable as well.
     
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    It not a rectangular hole, ils a slim like two paper sheet hole with a split in the middle
     
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    there are (afaik) 3 types of USB 3 connectors. one same as regular USB, one like yours and one bigger similar to USB cables that printers use. All that I saw had a blue colored part.
     
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    Then this kind of cable would be perfect for your HDD: https://www.amazon.ca/eForCity-Micr...&qid=1492542610&sr=8-2&keywords=usb+3+y+cable

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    Yes
     
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    The picture you posted is that of a USB 3.0 micro-B connection. A standard USB 2.0 cable WILL fit in the larger of the two "holes" and will run at USB 2.0 speeds.
     
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    the wii u has four usb ports. plug both in the front or the back. mine r plugged into the front since the back is for my virtual wii. I have a powered usb hdd for the virtual wii, but the wii u hdd is using a y cable attached to an extension usb cable attached to a usb 3.0 cable. my hdd is on the other side of my entertainment center from the wii u, but it works flawlessly. it's a wd elements hdd (one of the newer 3.0 ones). :)
     
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    Why bother with a hub? Get a power supply for the drive.