Swaping drives between old and new black Wii

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Feb 3, 2011
  1. Gagarin
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    Ok. I looked everywhere and I'm getting different answers.
    How to recognize if the drive is softmodable or not?

    If I swap the drive between new and old drives, should I do anything else? Installing dvd keys or something? How to do it?
     
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    Um... any Wii can be soft-modded. This includes all white, black, and red Wii consoles. Also, what is the point of swapping the drives of a black Wii? All black and red Wii consoles, and the vast majority of white ones, have D3-2 drives, rendering them incapable of reading DVD backups.
     
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    well, my wii has a wiikey in it and drive reads backups. It would be nice to have all these features in black wii that I really like.
    Should I just swap a case?

    So if I swap the drive, how to recognize if it's a d3-2 drive?
    You just swap it or have to install something else?
     
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    You answered your question. Just swap the case! However if you want to swap drives please let us know your results [​IMG]
     
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    It will work I have done it with a red wii to softmod it.

    I could not find lego indiana jones so i just swapped the drive + modchip and used backup...
    and it worked fine
     
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    Just swap it, no need to install anything after or alter any software, this is purely a hardware modification.
    And how to recognise, check the following: -
    D3-2
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=D3-2&a...amp;FORM=IDFRIR

    Prior boards - DMS, D2A, D2B, D2C, D2C2, D2E, D2E Epoxy (although this board has a shit load of black epoxy around the main chip).
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=D2C&am...amp;FORM=IDFRIR

    Notice how older boards have 2 chips on the left hand side where the D3-2 has one at the top of the pic (bottom of the board)

    They also now have D4 too which is just a half sized D3-2: -
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=D4+wii...amp;FORM=IDFRIR

    All drives are fine to be swapped out for older ones. D3-2's you can just replace the board if you like, D4's I'm unsure but I don't think you can do this as the drives are physically a bit different so you still need to swap the whole drive on this one.
     
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    I should've been more clear. Vast majority on the market today. I know the D3-2 drives appeared in around 2009.
     
  8. ciris

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    Thanks for the replies Donkey and Magsor.

    Im assuming the price of these old drives have gone up since the release of D3-2 systems. I was wondering why hasnt someone made an app to flash the firmware of the drive similar to a 360, but I guess as long as USB loading works there really isn't a need for it.
     
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    Drive firmware is stored on a ROM so it cant be modified
     
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    thanks for the info Porobu.
     

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