Question- usb games

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  1. Frostbite189
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    maybe silly question...

    If I install a game via wup into my USB, is it possible to plug that USB into a another console and play???

    Or we need a new USB in each console??

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  2. ThatNintendoNerd

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    Yes, it is possible to use it on the other Wii U.
     
  3. Sumea

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    Wait, is it?
     
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    Well, actually. Maybe not, since this would lead to playable games on another Wii U. Which would kind of lead to piracy.
     
  5. Sumea

    Sumea Disco Ninja Frog

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    or being able to share content between consoles they are not authorized to.
    I always been under impression one USB drive is formatted for one console. I can test this right away tho.

    A USB storage I formatted in another Wii U console (my other Wii U console that I have that is) does not recognize in another Wii U console. Much like 3DS which uses console specific data location and crypto for all the 3DS system files and titles etc. on SD/microSD, Wii U seems to format the drives it uses into some kind of encrypted format and it is probably also console specific.

    It is wild enough that if you format a SATA drive in a enclosure to be a drive for your console you cannot swap the enclosure to another one of different make because the console will not detect the drive anymore unless you reformat or put it into same enclosure you were using.
     
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    The usb is tied to a value in the console's otp. You cannot share hard drives between wiius.
     
  7. DeadlyFoez

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    Wtf are you talking about.

    Ok. Let me clear this up. It is physically possible to use tue hard drive on another wii u, but your games wont be seen as the data on the drive is encrypted with the per-console key. If you change the data in any way then it likely wont be usable on the original wii u anymore.

    It is not possible to take a hard drive loaded with games and have them playable on a different wii u.
     
  8. Frostbite189
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    Thanks a lot
     
  9. greenlanternx

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    I format mi sata 3.5 hdd in one enclosure (and installed some games, before the brazillian method ...), and swap it because the enclosure has a damaged power source, the wiiu recognize the hdd in the new one
     
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  10. Sumea

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    OK then, I on other hand had formatted drive in one kind of encolsure and controller. Was it identical to your old one (That is, same maker/same model) or some random new one you got to replace the old one, different make/model?

    In my Case I was using one type of enclosure and tried it with three completely different ones.
     
  11. greenlanternx

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    different make/model the only common, both had ide and sata options