I've just removed my laptop's HDD; can I use it for Wii backups?

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  1. random_human_being_
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    I have replaced my laptop's HDD with an SSD, and since I currently rely on a 64GB USB pendrive for my Wii games I was thinking of buying a SATA to USB2 cable in order to connect that HDD to the Wii. If I recall correctly, the HDD has a SATA2 connector.

    So, should that work or is there any caveat?
     
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    it worked for me from using cheap sata converter from a portable hdd i bought, well just test it i guess.
     
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    It should work aslong as the hdd is not dead.
     
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    It'll work. You'll just have to format the hard drive before using it. I believe it has to be formatted to ntfs or fat32
     
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    Format as FAT32 only.
     
  6. Red9419

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    Ntfs drives work aswell
     
  7. random_human_being_
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    Is the USB2 port going to be enough for powering the HDD?
     
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    It depends on the sata connector. I would just reccomend getting a sata to usb with its own power supply. Although they are more expensive, you wont need to worry.
     
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    True, but other homebrew may be incompatible with an NTFS-formatted drive, There is no particular advantage to using NTFS on the Wii other than avoiding file splitting.
     
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    I use ntfs because i share one hdd with multiple consoles and my laptop. Also i have files that are more than 4gb
     
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    But for example, Nintendont does not support NTFS.
     
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    Would this work if I inserted both connectors on the back of the Wii?
     
  13. Red9419

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    I assume it would work.
    I personally use this and works perfectly. Although it need to be pluged into the wall.