Wii not powering up USB powered HDD...

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by djkav, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. djkav

    djkav Advanced Member

    Apr 8, 2009
    I have a new 1tb Hitatchi Touro USB3 bus powered HDD.

    I have it plugged into the bottom USB port on the Wii. The drive just doesn't appear to spin up, and the USB loaders can't see the HDD.

    Its formatted as FAT32.

    Any help appreciated :)
  2. Proansta

    Proansta Member

    Nov 8, 2013
    United States
    If USB3 stands for USB 3.0, I'm sorry but you are out of luck, the wii's USB ports aren't 3.0 and do not give enough power to make that HDD work.
  3. brausm08

    brausm08 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 15, 2009
    United States
    USA - Midwest
    not true...or at least with the 3 portable usb3.0 drives i've used. all three were western digital if that matters.

    i've yet to see a USB3.0 drive that isn't labelled as USB2.0/3.0...portable or not. the wii's port(s) meets the USB2.0 standard...if a USB2.0 on a PC can power the drive, there's no reason the wii's port shouldn't.

    ...if power is really the issue, you can buy a USB powerboost y-adapter (which draws extra power from an additional USB port) and use that.
  4. GBA rocks

    GBA rocks GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 4, 2013

    I use a WDBY8L0020BBK with my Wii, it's USB 3.0 and it works like a charm (even GC games) with the provided short USB 3.0 cable.

    To the OP: try a shorter cable.
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