Which HDD to buy for my wii?

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Mar 23, 2012
  1. nikeymikey
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    I am looking to buy a new hdd for my wii, i currently have a Hitachi Simpledrive 1tb and it works fine no problems. I want upgrade to a 2tb to use with my pc/ps3 as well for video files. The simpledrive models seem to have been phased out and the new type of hitachi drives (LifeStudio) dont work,i have alreaady bought and returned one because it simply would not be recognised by the wii.

    I have been looking around (ebay) and come across this one.....

    http://www.ebay.co.u...=item5644f19697

    Has anyone used this drive before with a wii or can anyone reccomend a drive that works.

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    Brotip, stay away from Seagate HDDs. Go for a Western Digital HDD. See here for a general compatibility list, however most HDDs should work.
     
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    Be carefull with harddrives over 1.5GB.
    They might have a 4KB sector size instead of a 512 Byte sector size.
    Not all wii applications are compatible with such a bigger sector size.
     
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    I would buy one of the cheap generic SATA caddies from ebay, and a 320 or 500 WD 2.5" drive. I have had this setup on my Wii solely USB powered for 3 years and it has never missed a beat. I have had one drive upgrade to a larger drive in this time with the same caddy and never had an issue.

    I could not imagine you would need much bigger than 500GB.
     
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    +1 for the cheap sata enclosures. I also use such a setup without problems.

    It's an Eminent 2.5 inch portable sata enclosure
    It has a Western Digital 500GB Scorpio Black drive in it.

    No spindown issues. Even usb 1.1 ios can still access it.
     
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    i use a wd 320gb mypassport had it for years and never 1 problem with it
     
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    thanks so far guys but has anyone tried one of these?

    http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c245f222c

    Its on the compatibilty list but as far as i can see only 1 person has tried, its is usb 2.0 and 3.0. If someone else confirms this works then this will be the one i will go for as i have a new pc with usb 3.0 :)
     
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    That's a decent one, but I've had issues with their "My Passport" line. I switched over to Seagate entirely and I've had no problem. ^^
     
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    That shows how things are different for different people, the guy at the top says to stay away from seagate, yet you have had no problems. :)
     
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    what issues? i've had mine since wans usb loader version 1
     
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    And again, a drive that works for one but not another lol.

    Think im gonna go for the usb 2.0./3.0 WD MyBook. If it doesnt work then ill just use it for my pc.
     
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    It'll cut out and freeze the game if the cable isn't connected at a ceratin angle, and it'll randomly disconnect from my comp. Sent it in for warranty ~3 times. 320gb version. :(
     
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    Seagates are usually really really really bad. They die quite quickly, as my 1TB HDD that I got 6 months ago is already dying and this was the fate of 4 of my other Seagate drives I had. WD's are usually the higher quality ones, and you generally want to stay away from Seagates if you can.

    @[member='nikeymikey']
    It's not just personal preference, ask around and I'm sure many members will support my claim. I'm just trying to give you a hand :P
     
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    Really? I have a 2tb I've been running OS'es off of for quite a while now, maybe I got lucky. :P
     
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    @ SuprGamr232 Thats cool, your advice was noted and as i said in my last post i am just about to buy the WD MyBook.

    Thanks
     
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    WD all the way, iv got 4 (and 1 buffalo)
     
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    weird never had that problem ever...wait your comp...are you using it on a wii?
     
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    Yea...you need to load it up with something don't you? :P
     
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    I agree that the new passport drives with the mini m plug are rubbish, the plug on the cable does not last long if you have to keep unpluging it. The 750gb drive also draws a lot of power and will not run from 1 of the usb's on my laptop (works from the other thank god).

    I have 2 x seagate drives that both work fine
     
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    Picked up a WD MyBook Essential 2tb today, it's the USB 2.0/3.0 one, will test later and let you guys know how I get on.
     

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