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Hard Drive built for the Wii U

Postby Suke » 14 Nov 2012 20:34

http://www.gamestop.com/wii-u/accessori ... 6904#media

If your worrying about what brand of Hard Drive to use, a third party company created one built for the Wii U. 320 gigs
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Re: Hard Drive built for the Wii U

Postby komicturtle92 » 14 Nov 2012 20:50

You can buy a HDD with more gigs for that price. But it's good for those whining and ignorant.
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Re: Hard Drive built for the Wii U

Postby ddddd » 14 Nov 2012 20:53

Well, its PDP, so I guess this is as legit as it gets.
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Re: Hard Drive built for the Wii U

Postby Suke » 14 Nov 2012 21:01

komicturtle92 wrote:You can buy a HDD with more gigs for that price. But it's good for those whining and ignorant.

I may get this base on not finding the perfect Hard Drive that's 2.0 and compatible with a y-cable or plug in.

If you can fine me a cheap one that at least have 500 gb and compatible with a y-cable, please let me know, because I'm lost :/
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Re: Hard Drive built for the Wii U

Postby komicturtle92 » 14 Nov 2012 21:20

I highly suggest looking through NewEgg. They're the best and you may find what you're looking for there. Also, subscribe to them for discounts. Try Retailmenot.com as they send me emails weekly on deals.
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Re: What's a good HDD for my wii u?

Postby LSF22 » 15 Nov 2012 14:20

found a couple hdd on sale at newegg. its part of their mid black november clearance sale. not sure if these are good, but it seems like a good deal.

ADATA DashDrive Durable Series HD710 1TB USB 3.0

$69.99 after mail-in rebate.


also..

Fantom Drives Diamond 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

$69.99
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Help! External Hard Drive

Postby Suke » 20 Nov 2012 18:30

Can someone give me a step by step on how to hook up a Hard Drive to the Wii U and what brands work and don't work. I don't have one yet but soon when second shipments come in. I don't want to deal with confusing and keep going back and forth, buying and returning Hard Drives. Any suggestion? Are anyone having any issues so far?
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Re: Help! External Hard Drive

Postby hakkai » 20 Nov 2012 18:34

Buying a Y cable would solve any compatibility problems. And I believe anything 2TB and below is cool...

Though i am also wondering something

I heard the WiiU only can handle 1 usb devive at a time, so will it recognize the HDD and its 2nd cord as 1 device or 2?...
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Re: Help! External Hard Drive

Postby Suke » 20 Nov 2012 18:53

hakkai wrote:Buying a Y cable would solve any compatibility problems. And I believe anything 2TB and below is cool...

Though i am also wondering something

I heard the WiiU only can handle 1 usb devive at a time, so will it recognize the HDD and its 2nd cord as 1 device or 2?...


I have no idea, I'm thinking about buying a 3rd party Wii U hard Drive, something like this but with more options. http://www.gamestop.com/wii-u/accessori ... i-u/106904

So I won't have to worry about picking the wrong brand or anything.
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Re: Help! External Hard Drive

Postby LSF22 » 20 Nov 2012 23:06

Nintendo has stated that the best hdds are the one with their own power supply, like an ac adapter. they also said the y cable ones will work as well and the wii u recognizes that its a y cable and not 2 separate usb hdds.

ive already read of issues with single usb hdds with no power supply messing up. probably want to avoid that.

as for brands, no idea.
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Re: Help! External Hard Drive

Postby gtt » 21 Nov 2012 11:31

hakkai wrote:Buying a Y cable would solve any compatibility problems. And I believe anything 2TB and below is cool...

Though i am also wondering something

I heard the WiiU only can handle 1 usb devive at a time, so will it recognize the HDD and its 2nd cord as 1 device or 2?...


one device. iirc on the y-cable one of the plugs only has the power connections. so all it is for is to draw another 5v
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Re: Wii U and external HDD

Postby LSF22 » 21 Nov 2012 12:07

found a couple cheap drives. I dont know if they are good quality, maybe someone else with knowledge can give an opinion.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1.5TB USB 2.0 Black External Hard Drive STAC1500100

on sale for $89.99, but with a code it drops to $69.99. code is: EMCJJHN36. ends today(11/21)


Western Digital Elements 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive
on sale for $109.99, but with a code drops to $89.99. code is EMCJJJH32. ends today(11/21)


also, at 8bitmemory.com you can buy hard drives that are built into original NES and SNES cases. more expensive and dont seem to be self powered but still pretty cool. i havent tried this site, just noticed it in the latest gameinformer shopping guide.
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Re: Wii U and external HDD

Postby The Jack Of Hearts » 21 Nov 2012 23:00

So can you actually play with game saves off the external hard drive instead of the internal memory? I have a 8 GB basic model with a 500 GB external drive and I'm wondering how to do it.
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Re: Wii U and external HDD

Postby Kama » 21 Nov 2012 23:33

Is there an actual list of some compatible HDD's, or will just any drive with a Y cable or it's own power supply work? I've got 2 extra drives available but just need some info before I try hook one up and format it. I'd like to also know if we can play game saves directly off the HDD.
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Re: Wii U and external HDD

Postby LSF22 » 22 Nov 2012 02:40

i know there was a list of hdds somewhere but even then they couldnt guarantee anything. they just recommend using a self powered hdd for the best chance of compatibility.

as for game saves, i dont know. i would assume all game saves will save to the internal storage but i havent hooked up an hdd to find out yet. i know games downloaded to the hdd will run off the hdd.

http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wiiu/en_na/system_external_storage.jsp?menu=general_info&submenu=wup-external-usb-storage
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My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby The Jack Of Hearts » 29 Nov 2012 16:33

Around 10 days ago I bought a 500 GB external hard drive made by Toshiba from Wal-Mart. The device worked fine for around a week, but today when booting up New Super Mario Bros. U it flashes to a screen that says, "There is a problem with the USB storage device" giving me an error code of 160-0105. What the heck does this error code mean?
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Re: My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby CorusFace » 29 Nov 2012 16:56

how is it powered?
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Re: My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby The Jack Of Hearts » 29 Nov 2012 17:19

By USB. There isn't anything that needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet.
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Re: My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby CorusFace » 29 Nov 2012 17:39

did you use a y-port to plug it into the two usb ports on the back of the wii u?
a y-port looks like this: http://www.cartridgegeneration.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/y_cable.jpg
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Re: My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby The Jack Of Hearts » 29 Nov 2012 17:47

Nope I'm just using the USB cable that came with it. It isn't a Y-cable just a regular one.
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Re: My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby CorusFace » 29 Nov 2012 19:10

that's why, then.... nintendo said that in order for an external hard drive to work properly it ideally needs to plug directly into the wall, but if it can't do that then it at least needs to have a y-port and plug into two of the wii u's usb ports. otherwise the hard drive won't be getting enough power to operate it properly.
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Re: My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby The Jack Of Hearts » 29 Nov 2012 20:16

Ok so are these Y-cables available at major retailers like Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, or Walgreens? Will the Y-cable work by plugging in another USB cable and such?
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Re: My Wii U's external Hard Drive stopped working

Postby cortjezter » 29 Nov 2012 21:55

i think you can find those answers for yourself with just a few minutes of searching. question answered; topic closed.
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Re: 1.5 TB for $80 at Staples

Postby lazerbyte » 02 Dec 2012 04:24

Will external drives like that actually work?

I have one that I can use I guess the system will format the way it needs to be formatted?
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Re: 1.5 TB for $80 at Staples

Postby Autosaver » 02 Dec 2012 13:18

If you get an HDD, you need a Y-Cable to power it if it doesn't have its own power source.
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