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cotser101

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So I just got my wii u today, and a external hard drive with it...
This one to be exact:
Toshiba Stor.e basics 1TB
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-HDTB110EK3BA-STOR-E-Basics-Ex... />

And I tried formatting it to the Wii U,
And it's stuck on "Checking USB storage device..."
What do I do?
I'm guessing it won't work...

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Everly

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I think your problem is that your drive is USB powered. The Wii U doesn't put out enough power on the USB port to properly allow an external drive to operate. Nintendo is recommending a drive that is externally powered. If you drive has the option of plugging in a separate power supply that will probably take care of the issue. Your other option is to look into getting a Y-USB cable that will provide more power from the Wii U console to your external drive.

Let us know how it turns out.

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cotser101

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I've just done some more searching on the internet,
turns out I WILL need a y cable, now I just need to find one..

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CanisWolfred

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This is news to me. All the hard drives I bought are USB-powered. Damnit Nintendo!!! Y U NO HAVE INTERNAL HARD DRIVE?! Ugh, it'd be so much easier. Luckily I don't have a Wii U yet. Guess I'll hold out until they smarten up and make a model with an Internal hard drive.

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cotser101

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I think I've found a proper y cable, but I don't want to rush into anything.

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/USB-DUAL-POWER-Y-CABLE-LEAD-2-x-TYPE-A...

So I plug the red and black ends into the Wii U,
and my External drive's usb into the other black one... right?

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CanisWolfred

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^right.

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cotser101 wrote:

I think I've found a proper y cable, but I don't want to rush into anything.

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/USB-DUAL-POWER-Y-CABLE-LEAD-2-x-TYPE-A...

So I plug the red and black ends into the Wii U,
and my External drive's usb into the other black one... right?

did it worked ?

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SCAR392

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These work:

http://www.amazon.com/eForCity-dual-Micro-B-Cable-Black/dp/B0...

http://www.amazon.com/C2G-Cables-28107-Mini-B-Y-Cable/dp/B001...

Just make sure you know whether your USB ext. HDD is USB 2.0 or 3.0, and buy one of these cables to match it. I use the first one that I linked, so I can confirm it works.

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PloXyZeRO

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I know there's a small 500 GB Toshiba HDD out there that will work with just one USB cable, but the Y cable you found and the Y cables that SCAR linked should also work just fine

I have a USB CD drive and that came with a Y cable and it works with my external HDD just fine, so I think most, if not all, should work

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CanisWolfred wrote:

This is news to me. All the hard drives I bought are USB-powered. Damnit Nintendo!!! Y U NO HAVE INTERNAL HARD DRIVE?! Ugh, it'd be so much easier. Luckily I don't have a Wii U yet. Guess I'll hold out until they smarten up and make a model with an Internal hard drive.

First, where the heck were you when the Wii U first came out? There were several articles on proper hard drives for the Wii U.

Second, you're going to be waiting for a while considering that would jack up the cost of the system right now.

If you care so much for your privacy, what are you hiding?

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SCAR392

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I think it's totally fair to not include a bigger HDD. 8 or 32GB is more than enough for disc game saves.
I also noticed that much of the people that complain about HDD space are also the ones that basically have no intention of buying any digital versions of games besides indie or small DLC games. Kind of ironic...

The Wii U basically costs the exact same as a PS4, except Sony is selling at a $50 loss or so at first glance(maybe more). You can't expect Nintendo to follow the exact same path as Sony or Microsoft.
By the time you have a sufficient amount of HDD memory(250GB+), you have that extra 32GB, anyway.

External HDDs are like 2 aisles over at Best Buy. If you get a y-cable, you're most likely going to have to order it online. I looked when I needed one, but I just ordered one along with the ext. HDD so they arrived fairly close.

Only the most dedicated of PC stores would ever think of having these cables. They're required on basically every computer with USB 2.0 drives, even with 2.0 drives.

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PloXyZeRO

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The HDD I was talking about is in this video

Only requires one USB port and no AC adapter...plenty of memory to work with, pretty cheap, and small. This one seems like a winner to me..I might actually get it myself!
You can get it on Amazon, between 320 GB and 2 TB, from about $60 to $130 (USD)

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@PloXyZeRO
That's the harddrive I bought, except it's the 2TB version. I paid $110 in comparison to $69(as stated in the video) for 4× more memory.
I agree that it's very good. It has the ramp loading and shock sensor inside. It's quiet, and loads faster than an A/C powered HDD.
The only dowside is the y-cable, but it exceeds every other area in performance.

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