Need help with the HDD for Wii U

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by mudkippi, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. mudkippi
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    Just yesterday, I bought this (https://www.amazon.com/Blue-250GB-Everyday-Desktop-Drive/dp/B00461K1QW) and this (https://www.amazon.com/SSK-Enclosure-External-Adapter-HE-G3000/dp/B01ABGWLB8) for my Wii U. At first, the external HDD worked perfectly and I downloaded some games to it, but today, when I turned on the Wii U, it couldn't find my HDD. I tried to format, but then I got "device could not be formatted". Tried to format the HDD on Windows and do it again on Wii U but still got the same error. I have been looking everywhere on the Internet for the solutions and i found nothing. Does anyone know the way to solve this? Many thanks
     
  2. loiuyt1207

    loiuyt1207 Member

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    me too
     
  3. wafflebr8k

    wafflebr8k Newbie

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    Mee three
     
  4. akhlaq768

    akhlaq768 Member

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    Any update on this
     
  5. Sabishinbo

    Sabishinbo GBAtemp Regular

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    Did you use a Y-cable?
     
  6. akhlaq768

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    I haven't yet mate
    Or should I buy a USB hub which is powered
    What would you recommend?
     
  7. Sabishinbo

    Sabishinbo GBAtemp Regular

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    Get a Y-cable. Anything else won't work.
     
  8. DarkDengar

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    I use a USB hub to power 2 hard drives connected to the back of the Wii U; each hard drive is plugged into a Y-cable with the data end in the Wii U USB port and the power end in the hub. However, this setup requires Y-cable(s) as well, so you'll still need to get one in order to get more power to your hard drive... also, it's only better using a USB hub for the extra source of power if you need the other rear USB something else; otherwise you can just plug both ends of the Y-cable into the rear and it should work just fine. :)
     
  9. Trylk248

    Trylk248 GBAtemp Regular

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    Oddly, the Wii U technically supports two drives. But in reality, only one will work. My Wii U keep saying I can Only use one USB drive.
     
  10. hwangk

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    1. Boot up your Wii U.

    2. Go to settings.

    3. Go to data management.

    4. Press and hold down on the D-Pad for half a second.

    5. While holding down down on the D-Pad, press and hold the + and - buttons and keep holding them until...

    [​IMG]

    6. You see this prompt.

    7. Select disable; you will be advised that this setting might consume more energy.

    8. Done.

    This is like the best thing ever and not the default action, and it works on any drive, even those pesky ones with no PC-side firmware controller disabling option. Now, why would you ever want to do this? Simple:

    Let's say you are playing a game in where you don't save often and the drive spins down. Then, an epic cutscene comes up and the game saves before a boss and instead of doing it and moving on, the game gets delayed, possibly even choppy, while the drive is spun up again to save your game. The threshold for some drives is as little as 5 minutes too, and spinning your drive up and down like that over the course of hours for multiple times is very less than optimal.

    I am assuming this works like utilities like OS X's "keepdrivespinning", which tells the computer to check for something nonexistent it doesn't need to check for ever 4 minutes, just to prevent the drive from spinning down. Why this is not pimped out on the support site and why it's a hidden menu to begin with is pure horseshit. That being said, take 2 minutes to say so long to unneeded wake-up time!


    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1029967
     
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  11. akhlaq768

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    Ive tried this disable sleep mode, but the problem with the powered hard drive still occurs.

    So can anyone recommend a portable USB harddrive they are currently using, I presume I need to purchase a y cable plus a powered sub hub also.

    Thanks
     
  12. DarkDengar

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    You're right about Wii U only using 1 hard drive; the 2nd hard drive in my setup is used by vWii for Wii/GC games.
     
  13. akhlaq768

    akhlaq768 Member

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    Using the y cable helped
    All sorted
    Thanks all
     
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