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JaxonH

MAB wrote:

@JaxonH If my Seagate fails (which even the most expensive top of the range will too) I can just get another one and download my games again anyway... Serves you right for illegally downloading movies

Yeah, plus you could always copy them to a second hard drive (or USB even) and keep for long term backup in case the games are ever removed from the eShop (like, after this generation is over or something). And yeah, that was many years ago when I would download movies. I sure as heck wasn't gonna pay $30 a bluray though, that much is certain. Now I just watch Netflix.

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Tritonus

At the moment I'm using a Toshiba 500GB USB Powered HDD. It works - even without the Y cable, and I can play ACIV, ACIII, and Rayman Legends straight off it, but SOMETIMES it will lose power and say that an error has occurred and then you have to reboot the WiiU, so I guess it doesn't really work after all. I ordered a Y cable online, so I will let you guys know how it goes after that.

Also, has anyone tried out HDD vs SSD and noticed any difference in load times? Ideally I'd like an SSD eventually because of the speed of it, but you can't even buy that in Denmark where I currently live...

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Tritonus

3dbrains wrote:

Does anyone know of a list of HDD's to avoid? This would be more usefull. My friend has a PS3 with a WD HDD and it has the SPIN DOWN problem where if the game didnt read from the HDD for 10 minutes, it spins down. No problem untill it does try to check and then we have to wait for about 10 seconds for it to start to read again.

I dont want a spin down HDD, how do I avoid it?

Getting SSD would be one way I suppose.

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SCAR

@Tritonus
If you want to know the difference between SSD and HDD, load a game off of the ext. HDD, then the Wii U's internal memory.

As far as I can tell with my setup, it's basically the same.

First hand, I've noticed that an ext. HDD hooked up via a y-cable is faster than an AC powered HDD, but that's only based on Toshiba Cavio drives(portable vs. desktop).

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Tritonus

SCAR392 wrote:

@Tritonus
If you want to know the difference between SSD and HDD, load a game off of the ext. HDD, then the Wii U's internal memory.

As far as I can tell with my setup, it's basically the same.

First hand, I've noticed that an ext. HDD hooked up via a y-cable is faster than an AC powered HDD, but that's only based on Toshiba Cavio drives(portable vs. desktop).

Thanks, though I heard that the Wii U's internal memory is flash memory, and is essentially not entirely the same as SSD, meaning it is somewhat slower than SSD. Though that was just some random forum post I saw so I dunno whether that's actually true or not.

I also haven't been able to notice much of a difference from the HDD to the Wii U internal memory speed, so far, but I've yet go get my Y-cable.

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MAB

MAB wrote:

MadAussie Top Pick (because I already purchased it so that means it's gonna be the best)

2TB Seagate Expansion super speed USB 2.0/3.0 Desktop AC powered HDD... Small, black and quiet AU$99 possibly even cheaper in other countries

I have been using this for over a year and haven't had any problems... Games run smooth with no glitches or crashing and it doesn't spin down

MAB

SCAR

@Titronus
You're right. The Wii U's internal memory is flash.

I always tend to read that it's SSD>FLASH>HDD, but only in terms of speed. I think flash is actually more fragile than HDD, but flash is faster, and SSD is faster and more durable than the other 2.

If you can get a USB SSD, then go ahead, but HDDs are fine. 256GB of SSD memory is around $300, I think. You could get like 6-9TB of HDD memory for that same price, and probably not notice a difference in speed.

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Tritonus

SCAR392 wrote:

@Titronus
You're right. The Wii U's internal memory is flash.

I always tend to read that it's SSD>FLASH>HDD, but only in terms of speed. I think flash is actually more fragile than HDD, but flash is faster, and SSD is faster and more durable than the other 2.

If you can get a USB SSD, then go ahead, but HDDs are fine. 256GB of SSD memory is around $300, I think. You could get like 6-9TB of HDD memory for that same price, and probably not notice a difference in speed.

Yeah I do have an HDD, simply for the reason that's the only thing you can get in Denmark currently. I was surprised as portable SSD's are standard in the US where I could just walk in and buy one in a store, but my SSD that I bought before moving here is reserved for my school / professional work.

I just don't need TB's of space, even if it's cheaper. I really won't be downloading THAT many games, and if I happen to fill out 500 gigs of games, than I'll just delete then ones I've finished with and have a the possibility of re-downloading at a later date. So in that sense, speed is more of a priority for me, as I don't have that much time to play games any more (life happened).

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winter123

After a lot of research (thanks mostly in part to this thread)... I tossed it out the window and went with a brand I have bought before and trust. Hitachi (now HGST). Great reviews on amazon!

I mainly wanted a USB-powered because my outlet situation is a mess, even with a very nice power strip with side-facing plugs. The Eforcity Y-cable had up to 28 day shipping, so I found an alternative. I will report back on results in a week or two.

HGST Touro Mobile 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (HTOLMX3NA10001ABB)
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EZOWare® USB 3.0 A Male to Micro-B Y Cable for Hard Drive HDD, PC, Computer, Laptop, Wii-U and more
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Ricube

Hello to everyone. I looked a lot on the internet to find out if my idea was possible, then I just decided I had to try. So I bought a simple adapter with double USB (for less than 5 €) and connected my old macbook's hard drive (TOSHIBA HDD2038) to my WiiU. For now it's working perfect! It's only a 80 GB hard disk, but for my mainly eshop only downloads it should be OK for sometime.

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unrandomsam

I am thinking about getting a Windows 2 Go supported Usb flash drive for mine (If it is good enough for running Windows from it should be ok). Maybe with an hdd as well to move stuff I am not actively playing to.

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shinesprite

Just to share a little about my experience, I recently bought a 1.5TB Western Digital My Passport Ultra along with an eForCity USB 3.0 Y cable.
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005M0ICG2/ref=oh_aui_detail...

The drive seems to work, but only when I plug it into my Wii U's front USB ports (plugging it into the back ports causes the drive to power on and click frequently).

Has anyone else had similar results?
... and do any of you have ideas on how I can still use the drive, without occupying the front ports? (I'm aware that I could simply use external power, but doing so causes the drive to idle while the console is off, and I really just want it to shut off entirely)

EDIT:
@JaxonH I noticed you bought a similar HDD. Any Issues?

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MutantMike

Is there an updated list?

I am having trouble finding newer WD external drives that owners have given thumbs up to.

I have found older WD externals that owner like and approve but most of those have to be purchased used now and I do not want to go that route

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Sean_Aaron

I'm abandoning the desktop drives due to price myself. I got a Plugable 7-port usb2-hub-ag7 powered USB hub that nicely ensures enough juice for my portable 1TB Seagate and I'm going to get a Toshiba Canvio as a backup; no y-cables needed. Also allows me to keep my Gameseek GameCube adapter connected. The laptop drives may not last as long, but they are cheaper and I've had issues with my desktop drive and VC games/Cunchy Roll streaming which leaves me unconvinced that eternally powered drives are a superior option.

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Zanshin

I just hooked up a Seagate Backup Plus yesterday (STDT2000100). It was on sale $94.00 at Best Buy. The 2TB WD My Book was on sale $99. Cost isn't a big issue for me but i wanted something simple and externally powered so this fit the bill. It formatted almost instantly and now has a few gig worth of games on it. It seems like current model externally powered drives don't come in less than 2 TB.

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blaisedinsd

I have a generice 80GB USB drive I got off ebay with a Y cable.

It seems to work fine except when I start Nintendo land from the optical drive I get an error message related to the USB drive that make me shut down the console.

It also is happening randomly now....I have to unhook the drive unless I am playing the game off of it. So far the game hasn't errored out while playing it.

I would recommend externally powered HDD because the Y cable is not a perfect solution (which I guess is why Nintendo recommends the same)

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eloy_56

Hi everyone, I would like to post a warning. Western Digital 250GB Caviar Blue (WD2500AAJB-57R1A0) did not work in an external hard drive enclosure using an AC adapter and a Y cable. I also tried changing the jumper settings and failed.

Christian

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