Choosing Hard Drive for Wii U

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by tivu100, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. tivu100
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    Can't afford SSD so only the HDD.

    Need some advise before picking a HDD for the Wii U

    So how many TB does Wii U support? Can I use 1 for both Wii U and vMii or I need 2 separate one? What is the popular HDD for Wii U (brand, model)?
     
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    The WiiU can handle at least 2TB.
    WiiU mode uses it's own HDD formatting type that is incompatible with vWii, so you'll need 2 drives [source needed]
    You can use pretty much any USB drive you want, though one with a y-cable is recommended. Nintendo also has recommendations,(see link on right) but I wouldn't bet on them being any better than other drives.
     
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    Ah I see why there people wanting Wii to be able to run in Wii U mode now (in the IOSU exploit thread).

    Wii U games seems very big. How about Wii. Is 500GB is enough or I need a much bigger? Is there a HDD enclosure box compatibility list for vWii part I plan to make use of my current old laptop hard drive with a HDD enclosure box.when I have my new laptop?
     
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    Depends on how many games you plan on "backing up". Personally, I find that 100GB is plenty for me, but I find that I only play a few games anyways. You many feel the need to have all the games! I am currently using an enclosure, a cheap one I found off NewEgg for <20 bucks, and it works with no issues. Just make sure you get one with a Y-Cable, or you will run into issues.
     
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    I don't need all the games (can't afford buying them all ). Just need one HDD enough to back up some Wii game disc I could find. I prefer the convenience of running as digital copies so I don't have to swap discs. Thanks for the info.
     
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    No Prob.
    You'll find that most games only run you about 2GB on average,
     
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    you can use just about any hard drive enclosure and it should work. i have tried 6 of them and they all worked. I use a 128 gb Flash drive for wii u extra storage and a 160GB hdd for my wii
     
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    I have 1 Seagate Expasion 1Tb (external power) for wii u, and 1 Samsung M3 portable 1tb for vWii.
    Both works fine, the M3 works fine even without a Y cable.
    I would recomend you to get a unit with external power for Wii u, i had some problems with portable units even with Y cable during instalation of games.
    Also a good unit (even not ssd) will make your games load quite fast.
     
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    One question. Can I use USB 2.0 for vWii? I saw that there is some 128GB USB going very cheap going very cheap from time to time? Does the vWii part cracked to be able to use USB loader?
     
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    My vWii unit is USB3.0 , I had one 2.0 before too, and if i'm not mistakem Wii U ports are 2.0. So no problem using a 2.0/3.0 USB unit if they are compatible (almost all 2.0 units). And yes, you can use USBloaders and Emulators on vWii, there's lots of guides here about SoftModding vWii.
     
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    Will this one work for vWii USB loader? http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...words=sandisk+128gb+flash+drive&condition=new

    Does vWii supports SDXC card? Saw some 64GB SDXC card goes for $15 from time to time but didn't pick one because I heard Wii and vWii doesn't support back up loader from SDXC. Correct me if I am wrong.
     
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    Haven't got a response for my last post. Will normal USB flash drive work with vWii to load Wii games back up?
     
  13. RodrigoR

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    It works. But in some rare cases there's some incompatibility with some loaders, then you need to test others loaders.
    But almost 99.9% of the USB storage devices(flash drive, hdd,etc) that have usb 2.0 compatibility (almot all have it) will work fine.
    Particularly i have tried around 15 or so different types of usb storage and all worked in my loaders (USBLoader GX and WiiFlow), from a good range of sizes from 1GB flash drives to a 1Tb external HDD (my current "resident" for vWii). I tested external cases for 2.5" hdd (notebook ones) and worked fine too.
     
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