I am very disappointed. Wii U doesn't detect hard drive

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  1. MisterPantsEyes
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    I have an internal HDD from an old laptop, I bought an enclosure for it to use it as an external HDD. My computer detects it, I can read and write. My PS4 detects it too, but says I can't use it (probably because I'm not on 4.5?).

    My Wii U doesn't detect anything, but the HDD LED is on when it's connected and it makes a clicking sound, which it doesn't make when it's connected with the PS4 or PC. What's wrong?

    It's a Hitachi 320gb HDD and this is the enclosure: http://www.ebay.de/itm/CnMemory-Lee...id=100005&rk=1&rkt=6&mehot=pp&sd=122109103323
     
  2. PabloMK7

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    The wii u USB ports are not powerful enough for hard drives, you either need a Y cable or a external powered HDD
     
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    Had the same issue.

    Like PabloMK7 says a Y cable is needed if the drive isn't externally powered.

    I ended up using this: USB 2.0 Microusb Y connector and it worked like a charm (WiiU detected and formatted the drive right away); people even commented on amazon that they got it for their Wii U lol. or USB 3.0 Micro usb Y connector depending on what you have.
     
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    I tried many 2.5 HDD on my Wii U : without Y cable you will not have enough juice :

    - HDD not recognized
    - HDD will stop spinning and will unmount
    - corrupt data in some rare cases
     
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    rule of thumb with the wii u is to use a y cable if unpowered. u could kill the drive otherwise.
     
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    Getting a Y-Cable is almost always the key for hard drives not being read by the Wii U.
     
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    I think it is sometimes also related to how the drive is actually presented via USB.
    I had a SATA to USB dock where the drive was behaving like an internal drive and this didn't work with my Wii U and PS3.
    Then I had an adapter where it was presented like a mass storage device and there it worked fine.
    Both had an external power supply, so there's that.
     
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    Okay what the fuck is happening here? :(

    I've bough a y cable and my Wii U detects it now, I also formatted it. But when I try to install a game, this happens every time:

    I've tried 2 different SD cards. Someone please help me, I'm crying. :( I'm poor and wasted so much money :( I just wanted to play some games.

    Edit: Could it be that it's still not getting enough power? I think the HDD need 700 mA.
     
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    try a usb charger like a iphone charger..
     
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    Tried it, the Wii U doesn't detect it at all and the HDD makes clicking sounds again, like it did without the Y cable.
     
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    And HDD clicking means hardware damage, try it on a PC and check the SMART status there
     
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    It might be damaged. he did saw it worked on pc. Id read the smart data see if its been reallocating sectors.
    Not enough power will cause a clicking sound similar to head crash. some will beep when not enough power.
    also the wii u does not like some cases. all the ones i have tried worked tho.. what case did you get?
     
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    Poeple always state this, and i had 2 USB HDD connectedt to my Wii U without issues.

    Both Seagates Slim 2TB external.

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    This one to be exact :
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  16. fatsquirrel

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    Stop buying computer parts from ebay before you fuck up everything.
    In retail store such cable costs approx. 8€-10€. And yes its been said a gazillion times that it needs and works with Y cable.

    Miserly always pays twice mate...

    I will take a wild guess and assume that you bought those SDs off Ebay too?
     
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    The cables are fine, and no, my SDs are not from ebay. I tried a SanDisk and a Lexar SD.


    I bet you're not even from Japan.
     
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    Can you copy anything from nand to USB in settings? I had some trouble installing games directly to newly formatted HDD with Wupinstaller while nothing was on the HDD. I installed a game to nand first with Wupinstaller, Then copied it to the HDD within settings, Tried Wupinstaller on the HDD again & it would install games just fine.
     
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    I tried to move Super Mario World, that worked, but it's a small game. Tried the same with Terraria and it gave me an error while moving. 150-3032
     
  20. BIFFTAZ

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    Im really not sure then... Have you tried connecting the HDD to the back of the console? Thats how I have mine setup. The main data cable (Thickest cable) to the top USB port & the other power cable to the one underneath.
     
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