External HDD Question - Moving files to and from.

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by MDof2, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. MDof2
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    My apologies if this is covered. Iv'e searched, and read the FAQ and didn't find it.
    This also may be common knowledge to an educated wii gamer. Obviously, I'm new to this.

    Scenario:
    I'm purchasing a Wii U 32GIG (Black) for the kids.
    I have an .ISO or .WUD backup file on another HDD/Random source. (downloaded, etc.)
    I want to use / play this WUD file on an external USB HDD connected to my Wii U.

    Question:
    Can I simple format the external HDD with the Wii U utilities in the menu and then copy (move) the .WUD file I have to that HDD with WBFS Manager?

    Is it that simple?
    I don't want to do anything else crazy. Simply have an external USB HDD connected to the Wii U with the games on it that the kids will play.

    Again, if this is common knowledge, I appreciate you pointing me in the right direction or if it's a simple yes / no. I've spent a few hours digging around and haven't been able to find it.

    Thanks again.
     
  2. shinkodachi

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    There's no way to play backups/ISOs of Wii U games currently. It's all here: https://gbatemp.net/threads/wii-u-homebrew-situation-and-faq.367627/.

    If you're really purchasing a Wii U for the kids, just buy a few games they'll never grow tired of (Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., maybe Super Mario 3D World). You'll never need to care about backups/ISOs. Problem solved. :)
     
  3. MDof2
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    Forgive my ignorance, but why are there 100's of step by step youtube videos on how to install homebrew, then usb loader gx, to then play ISO files from an external USB drive?
    More than confused at this point.
     
  4. trumpet-205

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    You can only use Wii U to play Wii backup. No Wii U backup, period. Any video on YouTube claiming otherwise is a fraud.
     
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    You made it sound like you wanted to play Wii U backups, which is not possible currently. Hardly any homebrew/hacks exist for the Wii U at this time.

    All/any info on loading backups on the Wii U refers to the Wii mode (vWii) and is for Wii games only. If your main objective is to play Wii backups, don't waste money on a Wii U. You'll gain nothing except an HDMI output, but the games still look and play the same as on an original Wii.
     
  6. MDof2
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    Thank you Shin for the info.
    Yes, my goal was to be able to play Wii games on the Wii U hardware / console via the attached USB drive storing the Wii games in ISO or WBFS format.
     
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    Understood. Thank you.