Is This Hardrive Good For The Wii?

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Dec 23, 2009
  1. wiihacker3000
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    as you guys heard from my other thread about my hard drive dieing.... im planning on buying a new 1 on ebay with a 6 month warrenty. here is the listing:


    SEAGATE ST305004EXA101-RK 500GB FREEAGENT EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

    What is MFG Recertified and will this work on the wii? and is there anything i need t know?
     
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    Got one, works like a charm.
     
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    MFG re certified is a fancy word for refurbished
     
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    oh ok thanks. just bought it. Cant wait!
     
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    i have 1 more quick question, i bought the regular 1 , but there is a slim 1 for $30 more but i dont know the difference.
     
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    do i over heat the hard drive if i play for 1-2 hours a day maby 3 in some times?
     
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    are there even HD's on the market that do that?
     
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    Out of all the Wii's I modded this is the drive that I've seen work with no issues in fact the last two I did I got this drive.
     
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    once i get this drive do i format it to FAT32 and then to WBFS? and i got all my wii iso's trimmed on my pc so there size is just like the size it becomes on the external hard drive.

    funny thing is i paid for it 55.99 lol
     
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    Personally, I will never buy a refurbished HD drive..

    I bought a refurbished camera and didn't last..
     
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    manufactuer defects or physical or electrical abuse from the end user will also cause the drive to fail, like the hitachi deathstars with their click of death

    didnt know about the 2.5" drives about only needing usb power, how many MA does it require and how much does the wii pump out of its usb as if the 2.5" drives uses alot of power it could theoretically damage the wii if the drive is being used alot, I dont know how much MA those drives use
     
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    but i have a 6month warrenty from a guy on ebay.
     
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    once i get this drive do i format it to FAT32 and then to WBFS?
     
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    I recommend using a USB loader which supports FAT32 or NTFS and format the drive to that and use .wbfs files instead of a WBFS partition.

    I've noticed that wbfs partitions tend to be a bit buggy with drives that are automatically turned on via USB like that one. The drive will go also to sleep if it hasn't been accessed in a little while so beware of pausing for extended periods of time.

    I'm not sure if it'll bother gameplay at all but what made me notice it was when I had 2 separate partitions on it (FAT32 and WBFS) and it was connected to my PS3. Whenever I paused a video off the drive for a few minutes and came back it'd be back in the XMB and I'd have to search for the video again. Also, when the drive is first recognized it'd freeze the PS3 for a few seconds since it can't do anything with the WBFS partition. Since the PS3 sends calls to inactive USB hardware, when the drive falls asleep it'll immediately be brought back again and my PS3 froze even when doing something else with the drive connected. All this was fixed by using a single FAT32 partition.

    That's just my 2 cents on those types of external drives. If you're just using it for Wii games you can use a WBFS partition but I still recommend FAT32 or NTFS with a WBFS folder anyway since it's less buggy and compatible with pretty much any OS without any extra apps.
     
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    can i just use fat32 and use iso's trimmed (into their actual size ex: 1.5gb on usb = 1.5gb on pc) ?
     
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    Yup, but you have to convert the ISO files to WBFS files with a program like WiiBackupManager and put them in the WBFS folder in the root of the drive so the loader will recognize them.
     

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