USB 3.0 External Drive - Work With Wii?

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  1. A4orce84
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    Hello Everyone,

    I found an old 1TB External drive, and wanted to plug it into my Wii to use the increased capacity. Right now in my Wii, I just have a small 1GB SD card for all my emulators + roms + homebrew stuff, so I want to take advantage of the external drive for getting new roms and things.

    Drive details:
    http://imgur.com/a/lbfMJ

    I am using this wiki to see if the drive is supported with the Wii, and not having much luck:

    Drive Compatibility Wiki:
    http://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/USB_Devices_Compatibility_List

    If anyone could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all of your time and help!
     
  2. PokeAcer

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    I currently can't access Imgur, as I'm at school doing technical for drama, but I'll be home soon.
    Have you formatted it to either FAT32 or NTFS? The former is recommended if you are using more than just Wii games, the latter if you're using it for just games (WBFS/ISO)
     
  3. A4orce84
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    I haven't done anything yet to the drive. I want to first know if it will work with my Wii before I do any formatting and updating drive configurations. I've read USB 3.0 drives can cause problems with emulators and loading things correctly, so that's why I created this thread.

    Basically, I want to know if I can use this external 3.0 USB drive, or if I should go pick up a 2.0 USB drive to use with my Wii.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Yepi69

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    Since 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0, you should be alright.
     
  5. A4orce84
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    Hey Yepi69,

    I would have thought the same, but if you look at the wiki I pasted in my original post, it looks like there are some hard drives that are NOT compatible with the Wii for a variety of reasons.
     
  6. GreyWolf

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    There's not really any way to tell other than to try it. There are some drives that are known to NOT be compatible, though.
     
  7. A4orce84
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    What's the best way to test it? Just plug it in and see if the Wii can read the drive?
     
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