[TUTORIAL] Internal Hard Drive Mod for Wii [High Bandwidth!]

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  1. Darkzero51521
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    First off, i'd like to apologize that I can't make this mod all spiffy and colorful like others, I'm very limited on characters.

    This requires little to no previous experience, just a lot of patience. Although the chance of breaking your Wii is slim, I will take no responsibility if you do. Remember, you <b>are</b> opening it, and there's always the chance of breaking something when messing with the insides of a console.

    Notes:
    -PLEASE read through the ENTIRE thread at least twice before doing this!
    -Before opening your Wii, disable WiiConnect24.
    -After reassembling, you WILL get a code dump the first time, don't worry about it.
    -Before opening your Wii, remove the SD card.
    -Work on a clean, static free work table.
    -Take your time, be deliberate. Rushing will only make this sloppy, no matter how talented you are.



    For this mod, you'll need the following supplies:
    -Scissors*
    -Electric Tape
    -Some kind of thin, plastic, heat resistant cushioning
    -Triwing Screwdriver
    -Small Philips screwdriver
    -Small flathead screwdriver*
    -Soldering iron**
    -USB Female to Male (1ft)
    -2.5" HDD in smallest possible enclosure
    -Dremel with cutting bit
    -1000 or 2000 grit sandpaper*
    -White Nail polish*
    -Canned Air*

    * Not required, but makes life easier
    ** Soldering iron isn't required if you do not wish to ever use your DVD drive again.

    Steps required:
    1.) Open Wii and remove DVD drive
    2.) Remove control board off of DVD drive
    3.) Make space for USB cord
    4.) Make DVD control board usable
    5.) Cushion area around control board and HDD



    Andd here we go;

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->1.) Open Wii and remove DVD drive<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->2.) Remove control board off of DVD drive<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->3.) Make space for USB cord<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->4.) Make DVD control board usable<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->5.) Cushion area around control board and HDD<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    As mentioned above, the first time you cut on the wii, you'll get a code dump, just restart. Also, don't forget to reenable WiiConnect24.

    All you need to do, is plug a male to male USB cable from the newly made USB port to the Wii's original USB ports. Anytime that you need to add a game, just attach the male to your computer.

    <img src="http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k259/DarkZero51521/WiiModByDarkzero/IMGP0197.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    Enjoy! <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
     


  2. Darkzero51521
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    Oh, and now I'd like to sell it. How much do you think I should sell a Wii with a 250gb hard drive in it?
     
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    i would say 300$ (USD)
    but i dont think anybody really cares whether they can see the HDD or not
     
  4. ShaneC

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    nice write-up.

    Personally, I'll stick with my internal DVD and external HD; but kudos for doing it and showing that it can be done.
     
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    Nice tutorial and great work..
     
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    I noticed that your Wii has the LED lights in the gamecube ports. If you dont mind, do you mind posting another high bandwidth tutorial on how to accomplish that?
     
  7. Darkzero51521
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    That was easy. I did that in like 5 minutes, and was disappointed at how dull they turned out. I will make a tutorial if there's enough requests..I plan on making a mod to keep my wii's DVD slot light on continuously next anyways.
     
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    Nice!! I've been following the other thread on this and it turned out good!
     
  9. wqu

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    Great work!
    One question though what kind HDD are you using? I didn't see extra power supply to the HDD, where did you get the power for the HDD?
     
  10. Matt93

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    It is just USB powered.
     
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    I have already made my Wii's DVD slot light ALWAYS stay on.

    Took less than 1 minute to do:



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5ftb7XpNJM&fmt=18

    All you need to do is take any wire, have it touch B2 and then have it touch any metal part on the case, be it the DVD metal case or etc... Then just close it up. Soldering it will make it always stay on, but soldering is not required at all for those who fear their soldering skills.

    If your gonna do all of this, you might as well get a custom case to go along with it. The XCM ii cases with LEDs are too good!
     
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    Why did you remove the board from the DVD-ROM? Why not just take out the whole thing leaving it whole?
     
  13. Darkzero51521
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    Thanks guys [​IMG]

    Oh, nifty. Lol I was wondering if that'd work. I was just gonna solder the positive and negative to the fans power supply.


    EDIT: Nevermind.. MP Asks you to insert disk..
     
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    If there is no connection to the DVD board, none of the Official Wii Channels will function at all and will display the message "An error has occured. Please eject the disc and refer to your User Manual." VC/WiiWare games will not work either.
     
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    glad to see you were successful, i was watching ur previous post and wishing u luck congrats
    im gunna stick with the dvd drive as i like being able 2 dump disks [​IMG]
     
  16. Kurisai

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    Glad it works, but I worry about the long term life of this! I thought I overheated my Wii just by leaving my external resting on top of the thing, having it next to the actual hardware would scare me. Hope it works though, the thing looks pretty good.

    One question though, does it frighten you when the HDD is alive inside the Wii while the Wii has no power to it? As in, when its attached to your PC.
     
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    My god this is awesome, although I'm not skilled enough to attempt this.
     
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    Trying to sell it right away is the best part. [​IMG]
     
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    good job on the tut and ur work. kudos to going through with the whole thing. you have my utter respect. [​IMG]
     
  20. Devvar

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    That is really sweet. The only problem I see now is the HDD adds to the weight and it may overheat. Sell it for $350+.
     

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