The perfect external hard drive thread!

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by CorteX_, May 31, 2009.

  1. CorteX_
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    Hey guys, since there are alot of people that are willing to buy an external harddrive for backup loader, I wanted to create a thread that lists the harddrives that work perfectly on any cIOS, including cIOSrev12.
    That means no speed issues, no spindown, drive gets detected every time etc.
    Post your results here and I'll make sure I'll add them to the top [​IMG]
    I'll kick off.

    Drives reported to be working 100%

    WD MyBook Essentials (1TB, one WBFS partition) : Works great on all cIOS revisions released so far. No slowdowns experienced on rev12. (My recommendation [​IMG])
    Iomega eGo (1TB) : Works great
    Verbatim SmartDisk External USB HardDrive (500 GB) : Works great.
    WD Elements External Hard Drive (750 GB, model # WD7500E035-00) : Appears to be working great!
    WD Elements External Hard Drive (500 GB) : Works great as well, altho the drive is perfect for the Wii, the power supply included is a piece of trash and breaks easily!
    WD MyPassport (320 GB) : Works great!
     
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    I have a WD Elements External Hard Drive 750 GB, model # WD7500E035-00 it works flawless, no spindown that I have experienced. Only thing that sucks is having to unplug it when your done. Would love a USB powered drive that shut on and off with the Wii. Heard great things about the Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB.

    The wiki is dated and not very personal, I like the idea of a thread cause you get personal experience. My.02.
     
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    Thanks for the submission, added [​IMG] Also, my WD MyBook Essentials turns off with the Wii
     
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    I have an iomega 1 tb ego and works great since day one. Only things u have turn it on and off yourself.
     
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    added!
     
  7. RabidZombie

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    Don't recommend WD drives. They are expensive anyway, and CAN suffer from the spin down issue (without being able to tell before you buy).
     
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    Verbatim SmartDisk 500gb External USB HardDrive - Works perfectly. I have tried 4 or 5 different loaders, all without any problems. There is not spin-down on this HD, so will it not be an issue. Doesn't seem to matter whether it's powered on before or during the USB Loader, it always gets detected. I have been very pleased with this drive.
     
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    WD MyPassport 320GB works great!
     
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    LaCie , 160 Go external drive : works like a charm with all loaders , cIos and WBFS manager !!
     
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    I think it happens if you shutdown your wii in idle mode with usb power on (for battery reloading) of with Connect24 on
    How is your wii led ? red or orange ?
     
  12. CorteX_
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    WD has a tool for their drives so you can disable the spindown [​IMG]
     
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    Hey, first of all thanks for the contribution, but there are tons of different laCie drives. would appreciate it if you could find the specific product on their website and I'll add it here
     
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    Please, link me to this. I can't find anything on Value on WD's site.
     
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    I think it are the tools that are 'pre-copied' on the HDD when you buy it.
     
  17. gadgetware

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    I'm using a Seagate Freeagent Go 250GB without any problems. Haven't had a glitch yet but I used the supplied software to disable the spin-down feature before I formatted it. Since it's powered by the console it automatically turns on/off. It was also pretty inexpensive!
     
  18. Bloodlust

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    WD doesn't have a tool which can disable spindown! Please get your facts right.
     
  19. icebrg5

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    Maxtor One Touch Mini 4 250GB external 2.5 drive works fine with every loader ive tried and all ciso revisions.

    You will need do download an app from maxtor/seagate to fix the spindown issue.By default my drive was set to go into sleep mode or whatever its called after 5 minutes of inactivity.
     
  20. mickthestud

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    are you sure about that i had a brand new lacie ext hard drive it refused to work with any loader think it may have been 250 gb though if that makes a difference...