Is there a way to get more electricity to the usb port

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  1. chaxho
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    Hello
    I have a usb 3.0 external hdd but the wii u has not enough power at the usb port.
    Is there way that i get it to work?
     


  2. lolcatzuru

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    The only way you are going to do it is to get a new HDD with its own power source, if you mess around with ELECTRICITY at all near expensive electronics, one of three things is going to happen.

    1. You could get electrocuted and die.

    2. You will blow out either your wii u or your HDD or both

    3. You will start a fire.

    There is no life hack for this, do yourself a favor, play it safe.
     
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    Ah ok on pc you can chance settings and then is on usb more power.
    I hoped that there a way too by the wii u
     
  4. KiiWii

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    Buy a Y cable. Fixed.
     
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    Altering the Voltage of the System is a bad thing. The Power Brick only supports a certain voltage. The systems electronics can also handle so much, altering it may result in severe damage to you, or the system and/or your HDD. Like @KiiWii mentioned, grab a Y cable. That'll help you. But, never tamper with the system like that, or else you'll be digging a grave for it, or it'll be doing that for you!

    EDIT:

    A Standard USB 3.0 Cable supports up to 5volts, meaning that your HDD is trying for at least 12volts or so. Trying to use that same cable and trying to get 12volts, while it only supports 5v or less is dangerous; hence a fire may be created or short the HDD or system.
     
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    If you have a 2.5" usb3 hdd, then just use a Y cable. This hdd only requires 5V, your problem is insufficient current, you fix that with a Y cable.
     
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    Is it possible to just that you can give us some more specific details concerning your HDD. Such as the model, name, size, etc?

    Most external HDD's or SSD's require at least 8+ Volts, some require 5volts. Hence the 2.5" drives, or in other words Laptop Drives. Some are used in consoles. But, if it's a larger drive than we may be talking more so 8-12volts.
     
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    What are you referring to? I'm kinda confused. This reply is quite irrelevant.
     
  10. chaxho
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    It is a intenso 2.5" 1tb hdd with usb 3.0
    Art-nr 6021560

    I had buy a usb 3 y cable at amazon :D

    It was at least on my xbox one and there was enough power für the hdd

    Sry for my bad english. I am from germany
     
  11. gudenau

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    Boost converters.

    USB3 is not needed, the Wii U does not support it. Could have saved a little.
     
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    Very nice post. Really helpfull

    Well, you can't gain more electricity from the wii u itself, you can get a Y cable like others have said.
     
  13. FAST6191

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    All you all with the "don't do it lest fire, explosions, you will have ginger kids, appearance of cthulhu...." are wimps. Tapping a or generating a 5V source that can handle a bit more current is basic electronics fiddling really. I mean I am not going to suggest it in this instance when y cables or the option to get a more efficient device exists but it hardly brain surgery on rockets.

    *wanders off muttering about kids today*
     
  14. Ryccardo

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    And it's relatively easy too, ignoring the issue of closing the WiiU again afterwards:

    1- disassemble console
    2- disconnect pin 1 of the usb ports from the original power source
    3- connect a wire to the now free pin 1, another to pin 4
    4- install a suitable 12 to 5 V converter (usb car chargers? they probably don't work that efficiently at 12,0 real volts, the build quality is shit but as long as you properly did step 2 no risk to the console)
    5- enjoy the hard drive you foolishly didn't buy among the ones that have an Y cable out of the box :)
     
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    Sounds like a doable process... :D
     
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    I would do that if I had the parts.

    It's a chip, trasnformer, caps, resisters and diodes right?
     
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    One option is to bridge the +5V of two USB ports, making twice the current available for a single USB port (but of course if you plug something in both the ports you may have issues getting both to work)
    I've heard of people successfully doing this mod before, it's a pretty simple mod. An Y cable does the same thing though without having to mod the Wii U internally.
     
  18. FAST6191

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    Can be as easy as tapping off a 5V rail somewhere else and feeding it to the USB, maybe slicing the 5V line going from whatever USB controller is being used -- modern USB controllers will try to do it all and usually can but trying to pull enough power through a single port for a bus powered hard drive is where they come up short a lot of the time. As all the transforming happens outside the console then you should not have to worry about different reference levels, though I would check. If you are going this basic also make sure you are not overloading your chosen 5V rail.
    What you describe sounds more like a voltage regulator setup, though most will not use a discrete transistor. Not ideal for anything with any kind of current needed, especially if you are going from 12V in the first place (if you are doing 1A draw for your hard drive or something then 7Vx1A=silly amounts of heat to get rid of). Proper DC-DC conversion is a thing though, especially if you are going from something as different as 12V to 5V, so there may be something nicer to use.
     
  19. kehkou

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    I could never get my Wii U to recognize USB 3.0 drives (y-cable or otherwise), but it is a champ with my USB 2.0 hard drive (still faster than using NOD's).
     
  20. gudenau

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    I meant a wall powered switching power suply.