Wii U not recognizing Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by Mite000, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. Mite000
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    I've been using a 500GB WD Elements Hard Drive to play backed up Wii and GCN games on my Wii. Since then I've hacked my Wii U and have been able to successfully load Wii games off an SD card, but I can't get it to recognize my Hard Drive.

    This is the exact drive here: http://www.futureshop.ca/en-ca/prod...spx?path=3e0c73633f905b93816b6f77e7ad310cen02

    I'm wondering if the issue is that the drive doesn't have its own power source, as I've read that has been a problem with other drives. If so, is there anyway to make this drive compatible?

    Thank you
     
  2. GorTesK

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    First of all, wii uses the lower usb port, wiiu uses the upper usb port, make sure you take the right one.
    If it still doesnt work, get a y-usb cable, because wiiu usb ports dont supply enough energy for some hdds, using 2 ports on 1 hdd via an y-usb cable takes care of that.
     
  3. Mite000
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    I wasn't sure which port to use so I tried all of them, even the two on the front lol, and none of them worked. I didn't even know a y-usb cable existed so I'll have to try that. Thanks for letting me know about it
     
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    I was able to order a Y-USB cable online and it took a long time to arrive, but I'm happy to say it did solve my issue. The hard drive I was using to play Wii backups on my Wii now works with the Wii U as well. Thank you for the advice GorTesk! :)
     
  5. onlinespending

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    I'm having a problem with my Wii U detecting my hard drive as well. It's formatted as FAT32 and is connected to the back with a Y-cable to provide extra power. Right after I formatted it, I tested it out and it was detected. I then loaded some games and launched USB Loader GX. It too recognized the drive no problem. But when I exited back to the vWii menu, it no longer detected it. USB Loader GX just hang. Now every single time I start up my Wii U it no longer detects the drive. Plugging it into my computer still shows all of my files and the drive seems healthy. It is an SSD. Any ideas?
     
  6. dn_angel000

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    [Nevermind] lol