What External Harddrive should I buy?

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  1. Kaydoe
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    So my current harddrive is a old Seagate Expansion which is supposedly perfect for Wii U
    but I think my harddrive is too old of a model (bought it 2010-2011) it still works fine but
    when I try and save a game the drive just goes into sleep mode.

    So I'm looking to buy a new external harddrive 1TB but i'd prefer a 2TB.
    The most important thing is that it does not go into sleep mode every damn time I try an save a game!
    Also I live in EU so no US models only!
     


  2. x65943

    x65943 Resident Greekaboo, Amateur Dog Father

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    Try turning off sleep mode on the wiiu
    1. Turn on your Wii U
    2. Go to Settings
    3. Go to Data Management
    4. Press and hold down on the D-Pad for about half a second
    5. While holding down down on the D-Pad, press and hold the + and - buttons and keep them pressed down until you see a prompt referring to the HDD sleep mode
    6. Select disable - you will be advised that this setting might consume more energy
     
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  3. Kaydoe
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    I tried this but it didn't change anything :/ as I said this harddrive is close to 7 years old so I think it's missing something newer harddrives have.
    Might be the harddrive itself or the case. I dont know but all I know is the one I have now is fucked. I can't even do disk testing on it when I connect it to my computer
    and run seagate disk tools. It just "fails" after a few seconds of testing and goes into sleep mode. But when I play I can play for hours no problem as long as it doesn't create a save file.
     
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    x65943 Resident Greekaboo, Amateur Dog Father

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    Are you using a y cable/external power source to connect the hard drive to the wiiu?
     
  5. fatsquirrel

    fatsquirrel GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    If it doesnt work.. just go and buy WD elements 1tb and behold the power and elegance of it
     
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    So I've narrowed it down to 3 Harddrives! Which do you think would give me the least problems? specifically no damn random disconnects / harddrive error.

    This is one from WD that's 2TB and has it's own power source:
    https://www.netonnet.se/art/dator/externlagring/harddisk3a5tum/wd-my-book-3.0-2tb-v2/196915.8913/

    Then there is this 2TB one from WD Elements portable:
    https://www.netonnet.se/art/dator/e...191007.8912/?gclid=CPz435bM2dECFVzPsgodoLcDtA

    And last but not least there is this 3TB harddrive from Intenso Memory center (Never heard of them before):
    https://www.netonnet.se/art/dator/e...3a5tum/intenso-memory-center-3tb/203658.8913/
     
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    Don't go with the no-name brand, I can attest to Western Digital being one of the better brands.
     
  8. Velocity

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    I use the 2TB WD elements drive with a Y cable without issues. I actually have two of these drives and no problems at all.
     
  9. markehmus

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    hands down - the one with its own powersource ;-)
     
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  10. Kaydoe
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    So installing games, saving and such works without a problem?
     
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    Yep, as I said I have two, one has all my Wii U titles on it which has no problems loading/playing/saving games etc.

    The other one I currently use for my GameCube collection and works great with Nintendont and USB Loader GX.
     
  13. fatsquirrel

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    Me and 3 of my friends can guarantee you that portable elements works like a hooker when you show them rolex.
    Theres quite some people with the same drive here on temp (if I recall correctly most use it without the y cable too).
    But Id use the Y to be safe and sure that the drive is getting enough power.
     
  14. GBA rocks

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    The only somewhat "new" 2TB drive of last year is the Seagate Ultraslim. (the gold/silver one with circles on it)

    It's new because it uses SMR (a more compressed way to store data) so it only has 2 platters, bringing down both thickness (7mm hdd inside 9.6mm case, as in the whole thing is just 0.1mm thicker than a naked regular 9.5mm 2TB HDDs, let that sink in) and power consumption.

    I wonder if it could be powered without a Y cable. (any experience with 7mm 500GB/1TB drives?)

    Or if SMR could somehow royally screw up paired with WiiU formatting.
     
  15. fatsquirrel

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    Just buy the damn WD for 70 bucks and be done with it? Why do you need to complicate things when they are simple
     
  16. swiitness

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    I just purchased a 2TB WD My Book today (WDBACW0020HBK).
     
  17. Kaydoe
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    How about you read the thread before commenting? As stated above i've already ordered the WD My Book 3.0 2TB (WDBFJK0020HBK-EESN)

    Good sh*t bro! I did the same and my WD my book arrives today! I hope it works perfectly otherwise I'll just trade it in for a WD Elements :)
     
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    I was commenting post above me,not you op. I thought I put it in reply quote but somehow it didnt work apparently....
     
  20. Kaydoe
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    Oh my bad then! Thanks for the advice btw! I ordered the harddrive with it's own power source but if it gives me any trouble at all the first I will do is order the WD elements :D
     
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