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Topic: Which hard drive should I get?

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SteveW

21. Posted:

irken004 wrote:

. I also think 2TB is too much, 1 tb would be enough for most unless you make EVERY game you buy digital.

I agree but the funny thing is... the 2 TB drives are actually a little cheaper than the 1 TB drives... at least the Western Digital ones I'm looking at on Amazon...

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Treverend

22. Posted:

@teus yeah I think I'll get that one too, unless Nintendo comes out and says they will be making their own official hard drive, then I'd probably get that one as they would probably make it styled to watch the Wii U and it'll just look better in my setup, lol.

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Happy_Mask

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Get one that looks like JumpMad, everybody will be too afraid to touch your WiiU. >:3

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mellloyellow02

24. Posted:

is this one good
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/toshiba-toshiba-canvio-1t...

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Ryno

25. Posted:

I would say so

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teus

26. Posted:

yea however apparently it is said its best to have a hard drive that is powered by ac than one that is powered by usb..

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TheDreamingHawk

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All I say: Get Sandisk brand, as those don't corrupt as easily.

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skywake

28. Posted:

Get whatever sub-2TB external desktop drive is cheaper. Any will do really.

Treverend wrote:

Really? I seen another place that said Elements goes at like 13 MB/s while the MyBook does 64 MB/s

USB2 limits it to around 13MB/s and the Wii U lacks USB3 ports so they'll both be as fast as each other.

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All I say: Get Sandisk brand, as those don't corrupt as easily.

Sandisk don't sell external HDDs they just sell flash. It's been confirmed that the Wii U doesn't support thumb drives amongst its list of strange limitations.

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TheDreamingHawk

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Wait a minute... I just bought a Sandisk 4 GB drive today... Will it not work? What kinds WILL work?

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It's http://www.staples.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-USB-20-USB-Flash-Drives...
this kind BTW

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skywake

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vooks wrote:

You can connect a external USB drive to your Wii U to extend the amount of storage space available to you. You’ll only be able to connect one USB drive at a time and you’ll either have to have a powered USB drive or have one that uses two USB cables (one for data, one for power). Even then Nintendo still recommends you have a drive that plugs into the power as they cannot guarantee it will work otherwise.

Likewise games can not be stored or played from USB Flash Drives. Nintendo says this is because they cannot guarantee that all drives will be compatible. USB drives often come with different rated flash memory and some cheap drives are really slow and probably unable to be used for games.

The Wii U can only read up to a maximum of 2TB for external drives and the drive must be formatted to be read only on the Wii U. Once it’s plugged into the Wii U, computers will not be able to read it.

2TB size limit on Wii U External Drives
One drive is supported at launch but later on Nintendo will allow support for two drives for allowing the copying of data from one drive to another. You can of course copy data from the internal memory and the external drive as well.

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RogueBologna

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http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Canvio-Basics-Portable-HDTB103X...
I am thinking about this one but am going to wait til Black Friday.

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DarkNinja9

33. Posted:

i think like someone else mentioned we need to wait till ppl get the wii u and try stuff out to see what works and what does unless you want to go crazy and buy those external drives and all o_o

anyway i was thinking of asking this same question but i think 1tb is way to big for me i still have my 60GB! and its close to getting full but i usually download alot of demos only which i might do with the wii u and maybe some eshop games so idk which i should get or how big :(

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skywake

34. Posted:

I think they're just covering themselves a bit but most of the drives people have posted should be alright. I wouldn't go and grab a massive 2TB drive given that they format it so you can only use it on the Wii U. I doubt even an enthusiast user will be downloading 100-200 full retail games. I don't think it would be safe to assume that partitioning it will work. You're probably safer getting a desktop external than a portable one purely because they make a point of that.

.... but that said I don't think there will be too many compatibility issues. If you go to the shops and buy an external HDD it'll probably work. Probably won't matter too much what it is. Just wait it out a bit, see whether you want to download games. If you fill up the console (or if you have the basic and want to download anything!) then go out later and grab whatever desktop external is cheapest.

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MAB

35. Posted:

@skywake The great external HDD drought looms ever so closer ;)

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Bulbousaur

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I hope they make a list of compatible hard drives, because I don't want to spend money and then be told that it doesn't work... Also, when I look an Amazon, there are literally no hard drives that are AC powered, and they are all USB powered. And even with AC powered, I hear they are less reliable than USB powered.

I sort of hope Nintendo come out with their own, that way I'll know it will work, and I know it'll be covered on the warranty (don't know if most drives will be covered for use with a Wii U, seeing they're designed for computers and not gaming consoles). It will most likely be very over-priced, but I think it'll be worth it just for peace of mind alone.

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SteveW

37. Posted:

bulby1994 wrote:

I hope they make a list of compatible hard drives, because I don't want to spend money and then be told that it doesn't work... Also, when I look an Amazon, there are literally no hard drives that are AC powered, and they are all USB powered. And even with AC powered, I hear they are less reliable than USB powered.

I sort of hope Nintendo come out with their own, that way I'll know it will work, and I know it'll be covered on the warranty (don't know if most drives will be covered for use with a Wii U, seeing they're designed for computers and not gaming consoles). It will most likely be very over-priced, but I think it'll be worth it just for peace of mind alone.

There are some that are AC powered. I'm not sure what you heard but drives that are AC powered are always the better option no matter what you are using them for because they don't draw all the power off of your USB ports. That will shorten the life of your Wii U in the same way it can with laptops and PCs. USB 3.0 is a lot better for that because it can handle a larger current draw, USB 2.0 (what the Wii U has) does not handle it as well.

1TB - http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Elements-Desktop-Extern...

2 TB - http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Elements-External-WDBAA...

Or just buy an enclosure and put any drive you want in it, there are dozens of cheap enclosures available that are AC powered - http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-3-5in-Black-External-Enclosure...

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skywake

38. Posted:

USB powered tends to just mean that they are 3.5" rather than 2.5" drives. They draw more power so they give you an AC adapter to cover the gap for extra compatibility. There's no extra reliability in either form factor really it's just that for the most part desktop drives tend to be a bit cheaper and get higher capacities earlier. It's not as big a gap as it used to be particularly at the lower capacities but it's still there.

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Knux

39. Posted:

One with a lot of memory.

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shingi_70

40. Posted:

Probably will go for a 1TB HDD myself.

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