Max size sd card to use in wii u and suggestions for best?

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  1. thegameksk
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    I am looking to purchase a new microsd card for my wii U. I want to get the max card that will fit into it. What size should I look for and which one is best? Thanks
     


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    Id prefer to use a external hd but as far as I know loadiine/vwii wont work on external hds
     
  3. DeslotlCL

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    Dont get a micro sd. Get a normal 64gb sd or a even bigger one. Just, no micro sd for your wii u.
     
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    Yep, prices do climb up sharply at a certain level. Two 64GB cards will usually be cheaper than one 128GB card. And I guess it only gets worse from there. But of course, less practical to use 2 cards than just one. Another factor to consider is, if the card goes bad, or if you lose it, if it was one of two cards, you still have the other one. But if you were only using one card, then tough luck!
     
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    I am currently using a microsd with an adapter in my wii u with no issues.
     
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    Can I ask why no micro SD? Mine seems to work fine.
     
  7. DeslotlCL

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    I have read that a micro sd with an adapter speed is lower than a normal sd, specialy to use with loadiine. Im not even sure about that because im on 5.5, but i always go for a normal sd for everything. Just saying bro, you are who knows what fits you better :)
     
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    I wasnt trying to be rude and I apologize if I came off that way. Just didnt know if there was a difference between using a microsd with adapter vs regular sd.
     
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    haha, dont worry. Wait for more answers and see what happens.
     
  10. Azeryn

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    Max size? I don't know if there is one. People have successfully used 256gb ones.

    I'd would just get a 64GB card. If you want more space, but a 2nd imo. Price gets too high quickly buy 1 high capacity card.
     
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    I'm using a PNY 256GB SDXC Card with my Wii U. Just be sure to format it to be a FAT32 Primary Partition using 64k clusters or higher.
     
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  12. Net-KILLER

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    Hard to believe.
    Do you mean SD adapters in general or just when used in WiiU?
    I'll run some benchmarks later.
    First time hearing that
     
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    Looking forward to see your benchmarks results. I find that hard to believe too. An adapter is just that, an adapter! Nothing complicated, just adapting sizes. I don't see how it could slow down the card. The only problem that could arise would be contact issues. But then, the card wouldn't work at all, not just be slow.
     
  14. link270

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    Usually a microsd in an adapter will run a little slower than a normal sd card. Obviously it's going to depend on the read/write speeds of the cards themselves as well as the adapter. In the case of the Wii u, I doubt it would make a big difference either way really. I would just say to get whichever you can find a better deal on!

    From my understanding you can do up to a 256gb card, or at least that's what's been tested. I'm sure you could use a 512, as they're both sdxc cards, but those run up words of $200 where a 256 you could find for less than half that, usually around $80 from a quick search.

    Also, I don't remember exact numbers, but I remember seeing that the Wii u card slot could only read like up to 25 or 30 Mbps so there's not much point in getting a super high end card if it's going to be for your Wii u exclusively. I was looking into a much higher end card, but after doing that research I decided to go with a normal class 10 64gb card, and it works great! Plus it saved me at least $20 than going with a better one.
     
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    Adapters are purely passive devices, they are just a bunch of wires.

    If you have a slow micro SD, it is a slow chip, nothing to do with the package size.
     
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    Total nonsense... It doesn't matter if it's a microsd or a regular one. The adapter is totally passive, just a few wires that adjust to the regular sd formfactor. There is no logic board with any chip etc. inside. See picture below.
    I'm using several SanDisk microsd's with up to 95mb/sec. And a regular Extreme Pro with 512GB.
    As long as it's formatted to FAT32 with 64k clusters you shouldn't have any issues.

    And again, an adapter doesn't have any influence on loading times.

    Please don't spead any false information or rumours and confuse newbies if you don't have the technical expertise how a sd-adapter works...

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    It is possible for a micro card to run slow if the adapter allows connection in SPI mode but not SDIO, but that's an adapter fault, not a problem inherent with micro cards.
     
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    That must be what was going on to make me think it was slower. I swear to god the adapters that came with the microSDs I've ordered were atleast slightly slower then when I used the card in a device with a microSD slot.
     
  19. LuigiXL

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    Also run everything perfectly from MicroSD adaptor. (128GB Sandisk)
     
  20. ajd4096

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    If you are seeing "slightly" slower that is probably not the cause, a faulty adapter could be 1/32 the speed.

    SPI mode is a 1-bit serial stream, max clock 25MHz. SD/MMC mode is 4-bit, max clock 208Mhz.
    (That's for plain old SD. UHS-1 cards use both edges of the clock. UHS-2 cards add more data pins.)