1. ferjero989

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    hello!
    my wiiu works great for the wiiu games (500gb hdd)
    and i have a 2tb drive for the wii filled with gamecube and wii games (fat32/ntfs)
    is it possible to have either both on the wiiu or one big drive with wii, gc and wiiu games?

    i tried using a hub on the wiiu.. it will get stuck reading.
    the wii usb is a desktop drive (powered) and the wiiu drive is a portable with splitter for power.
     
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    As others said you can either use UStealth to use both drives at the same time or transorm the Wii and GC games into VC injects and install them just like Wii U games, eliminating one drive.

    USB Sticks are generally not advised cause they (esp. cheap ones) tend to have bad wear leveling algos while the Wii U overwrites the same data blocks again and again, resulting in fast dying NAND cells in the stick.
     
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    Why would you be trying to switch from external hard drive (good) to flash drive (bad) Trust me from experience flash drives do work but they do not work forever. I had several die on me within a year then all your games are gone, because flash drives are not made to play intense video games they are made for simple things like a document. External hard drives can handle the games and will last
     
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    To elaborate on what @Jayinem81 is saying hard drives are designed to be constantly written to and read from. A flash drive is designed to be constantly read from but only occasionally written to. WiiU games especially Breath of the Wild constantly write data to the HDD as you are playing. Using a flash drive on the WiiU will greatly decrease its lifespan.
     
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    That's exactly what I mentioned above: The NAND cells will die quickly as the Wii U overwrites the same blocks (savefiles, metadata, ...) again and again. You need good wear leveling*¹ algos to counterfight that but USB sticks tend to have crappy FTLs*². SSDs are a bit better here but there are still a lot of users reporting fast dying SSDs when used with the Wii U. So one would need a expensive enterprise SSD and that's just a waste of money, esp if a HDD already exists and gets the job done just fine.
    We wouldn't use SSDs if that would be true. It's really just about the wear leveling algos in the FTL.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wear_leveling
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_memory_controller#Flash_translation_layer_(FTL)_and_mapping

    //EDIT: Forgot one thing: USB sticks and SSDs also have backup NAND cells. When one cell dies the FTL replaces it with a backup cell. The problem here is that USB drives and cheap SSDs don't have that many backup cells...

    //EDIT²: I just remembered when I messed with UBIFS - a filesystem designed to run on raw NAND / no FTL. From that some fun fact: The data on your USB sticks and SSDs corrupts continuous. Every time you access the storage it corrupts:
    (Source: http://www.linux-mtd.infradead.org/doc/ubifs.html )
     
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