Internal HDD

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  1. WiiForgotten
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    This may be stupid but
    Cant I just get a Serial to USB adapter for a internal HDD and work that with the wii to play backups?
    Or is that not possible?
     
  2. Scorpei

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    Say wut [​IMG]? I think you mean replace the DVD drive with a HDD? If that is what you want you would have to build a bit of hardware that interprets the Wii's signal changes it to something the HD "understands" and change the data the HD produces to that the Wii thinks it will be getting when a disc is inserted.

    If you mean to ask if you couldn't just get an IDE/sata --> USB convertor, then yes you can as essentially that is what all of those cases are.
     
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    No I dont mean replacing it with the DVD HDD

    Like The internal HDD has no USB port, only a IDE/Sata port
    so to use that with the wii wouldnt a > Serial to USB converter work?

    As I dont want to buy a External HDD and have a spare Internal HDD
     
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    Yes, basically thats what an external harddrive is, a SATA (or IDE) to USB adapter with a case.

    -FTen
     
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    How much would the adapter cost?
     
  6. pembo

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    Depends on what quality of a cable/adapter you want

    The cables look something like...
    http://images.maplin.co.uk/full/a35fq.jpg

    or you could even buy a 3.5" enclosure to put the drive in an make it a USB disk. This are often cheaper than the cable above
    e.g. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136250
     
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    Hmm I think I could try the enclosure
     
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    thats good but i dont think i need it attached with the wii
     
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    I have an enclosure very similar to that one that I bought off ebay (similar price too). It works just fine with a western digital 250GB SATA drive that I had spare.
     
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    is it better to buy the enclosure or the adapter

    also i have a internal hdd
    how would i know what size the enclosure should be
     
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    enclosures are better as it makes the drive look nice!

    If you're talking about an internal hard disk from a PC, then it should be 3.5". Laptop hard disks are 2.5"

    The trick is knowing whether the hard disk is SATA or IDE and buying the appropriate enclosure.
     
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    Some enclosures actually can connect to both SATA or IDE (obviously not at the same time though lol)
     
  14. WiiForgotten
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    I really dont mind about the looks
    and it is SATA