New Hard Drive

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  1. Binxy
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    Right now I have a 500 gig hard drive for my wii, and it is no where near filled up. But, my friend wants me to hack her wii for her but she can't afford a hard drive at the moment. So, I was thinking about selling her my 500 gig for like 20 bucks and just getting a different hard drive for mine.
    I saw a 1.5 TB at bestbuy for 100 bucks and some change. Can I get one this big? I thought I read somewhere that you couldn't use this big of a drive or you couldn't partition it to WFBS or FAT or something like this.

    I know this is a bit of overkill for a hard drive but I'd rather pay 105 bucks for a 1.5 TB HD then 80 bucks for a 500 gig HD>
     


  2. ZeroTm

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    depends on the model, not every model is compatible. I think there is a list on gbatemp somewhere.
     
  3. Binxy
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    I found the list and the one I am looking to get is said to work. If not then I have a shinny new hard drive for my computer.

    Oh yeah. Thanks for the help.
     
  4. PsyBlade

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    The maximum drive size for Wii is 2TiB
    until homebrew consistently supports gpt or >512b sectors

    Thats a problem all around electronics once bigger drives get available
    dont get a bigger drive for anything till you know it will work
    I dont think many current devices/programs will ever be updated
     
  5. VashTS

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    you can always return it to best buy if you can't use it on your wii. to be honest, 1TB is enough space, i got TONS of stuff on there for the wii and i still have around 200GBs free. i thought about getting a 1.5-2 TB drive, but its not worth it. this price for you however is well worth the deal if you are looking to buy a drive.

    stick with western digital, they have never done me wrong. seagate drives fail more often.
     
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  7. luckwii

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    I got my 1.5TB WD Elements for $89 + tax. I formatted the whole drive to FAT32 and everything works fine.
     
  8. djbubba2002

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    you can wait and get a new Seagate 3TB comes out next week, price is around 219.99 good deal,, i order one already ...I am just waiting for it now
     
  9. tueidj

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    3TB will either have sectors larger than 512 bytes or more then 2^32 sectors, so it's not going to be fully compatible.
     
  10. djbubba2002

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    that is why i order one , to test with wiiflow, r-win and miigotu told me it should work , we can do testing on it

    but never know , till i get it ..
     
  11. PsyBlade

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    do you know its sector size or count?

    edit:
    Form what I find around the net, it appears it uses 512b sectors.
    Thus you can not use the traditional MBR partitioning.
    I doubt Wii homebrew supports GPT partitioning but enlighten me if you know something.
    Of course you can put the FS directly onto the drive instead of the customary single partition layout.
    On PCs this works well but all reports I heard from Wii homebrew indicate failure.
    But that might be caused by other errors.

    Note that you can try both GTP partitioning and no partitioning (aka Superfloppy) on any drive.

    I think I might give it a shot later on this evening.

    edit2:
    just tested it with HBC 1.0.7 CFG 58a and WiiFlow 2.1
    on a 1G 512b-sector Usb Stick with Fat32.

    single MBR Partition: HBC ok CFG ok Flow ok
    single GPT Partition: HBC fail CFG fail Flow fail
    Superfloppy: HBC ok CFG fail Flow fail*

    *loads ok and finds its resource files but does not find or rip games

    Chances for this drive are rather slim atm.
     
  12. d3monsting

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    What's this box for
    I thought there was like a 500 gig limit with lots of stuff? Maybe I'm wrong?
     
  13. PsyBlade

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    the 500GB limit was only on wbfs

    nobody should create new wbfs on disk
    its useless since wbfs images can be used from other fs
     
  14. Binxy
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    Well I went on New egg and got a WD 2TB for 109 bucks.
    I'm going to put that one on my computer and take the 1.5 TB that is on my computer right and use that for the wii.
    Like I said. I know 1.5 or 2TB is overkill but Why pay 80 bucks for 500 gig when you can get 3 times more space for 30 bucks more.
    Just wish I could get my 500 gig hard drive I already have to work.
    Flipping Swiss knife.
     
  15. Alkis30

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    OK guys I want a little help here. My 2 TB disk (FAT 32 format, .wbfs games) is almost full now. So I thought of buying the 3TB Seagate disk but I dont know if Wiiflow will see the size of this disk.. Has anyone tested this drive ?
     
  16. PsyBlade

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    find out if it has 512b or 4kb external sector size
    Every single wii homebrew program you use needs to support:

    512b -> all raw/superfloppy or all gpt (no mixing the two)
    4kb (or other) -> bigger sectors
     
  17. Aijelsop

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    Why not buy a new 2GB?
     
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    If I buy a second 2TB disk will I be able to use it simultaneously with my first 2TB in the 2 USB ports of Wii ? Will Wiiflow show all the games of the 2 disks at the same time ? I have installed IOS249 (rev20) with base 38. Do I need to install another IOS in order to work the 2nd USB as mass storage ?
     
  19. PsyBlade

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    no
     
  20. OncleJulien

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    are you a collector or a gamer? outside of the entirely subjective argument of there not being enough quality games on the platform to support two terabytes, how on earth could your nand hold all of their save games? seems like deleting a 'no more heroes 1' or 'cookie monsters incredible counting game' might be a good, if not temporary, solution to this type of problem.