Data loading over USB-HDD compared to DVD

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by 847245, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. 847245

    847245 Newbie

    Jul 19, 2010
    United States
    First of all, I would want to know if my USB-HDD supports USB 2.0 which is the precondition for being faster than a DVD.
    Second, how do I know my Wii accesses data on my USB-HDD with 480 Mbit/s over USB 2.0 support?
    And last, which speed at are genuine DVDs and burned ones read in my Wii?
  2. WiiPower

    WiiPower GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 17, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Burned discs 3x dvd speed = ~4MB/s
    Retail discs 6x dvd speed = ~8 MB/s

    Usb 1.1 = ~1MB/s
    Usb 2.0 up to 50 MB/s, most likely less because 1. most HDDs are not that fast(but even really slow one should reach 10MB/s), 2. The usb2.0 driver in the cIOS may not be well written and 3. the speed may be limited by the Wii's processing power

    But all in all, i expect loading from any HDD to be faster than loading from disc

    I guess if your HDD wouldn't support usb2.0 you would notice.
  3. joelozy

    joelozy Advanced Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    United States
    There really is no difference in performance between DVD vs USB HDD. A couple MBs faster means nothing. The entire point of USB loading is, after all, to backup you discs in case they get scratched or something.