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zool

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What extra memory do you have for the Wii u basic pack and would a USB stick work rather than an external h/drive?

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mihimarcelo

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I'm using a 16 gb USB stick.

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MeWario

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I'm using a 16gb stick too! Works perfectly :)

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willobee

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http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wiiu/en_na/system_ex...

From their FAQ...

10. Can I use a Flash/Thumb drive as an external storage device?

Because these devices have a limited number of rewrites and are not suited to long-term storage of important game data, we do not recommend the use of Flash/thumb drives as an external storage device solution. For best results, we recommend using a hard drive with its own power supply that connects to the Wii U via the USB port on the console.

Commercial Flash memory has a limit on the number of times you can write over it and we don't recommend flash memory devices for long-term storage of important save data.

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tchaten

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Hmm not sure how much I agree with that - is USB still that way thought that was an old issue

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PloXyZeRO

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tchaten wrote:

Hmm not sure how much I agree with that - is USB still that way thought that was an old issue

I had a 4 GB flash drive that I bought in 9th grade (I'm in 12th now) and it died on me just a few weeks ago from completely normal usage. I would only use them as a temporarily memory solution, but it's probably wise to invest in a hard drive

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SCAR392

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I recommend this external HDD:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J7YCHG/ref=twister_B00AR...

Notice that there are different ammounts of memory for however much you need. Obviously, 2TB will cost the most. I linked you to the 2nd cheapest, 500GB option.

It will require an extra cable called a y-cable, though, which you can buy here:

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

I have this setup, and I can confirm it will work up to the maximum that the Wii U supports.
The reason you need a USB 3.0 y-cable for this setup, is because USB 3.0 devices require more power to run than what is supplied via a USB 2.0 port.
USB 3.0 devices are usually backwards compatible(like this one), but will require the y-cable to get more power by using 2 USB 2.0 slots simultaneously.

It seems to work better than than the A/C powered external HDD I had prior, and it has load ramp technology(shock absorber) inside so that it has more of a chance of surviving an accidental fall or movement while in use.

The only reason why it got low ratings by some(if that matters), is because people didn't know the USB 3.0 power requirements, or were trying to use on a MAC computer.

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steamhare

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tchaten wrote:

Hmm not sure how much I agree with that - is USB still that way thought that was an old issue

While the issue is not gone, life of flash memory has grown. They can support an exponentially larger amount of writes.
Also, hard drives usually don't have a mean time to failure longer than 2-3 years. If you're not keeping your saves on the flash drive, it's unlikely you'll be writing to it enough to brick it before a hard drive would have failed.

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PloXyZeRO

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@SCAR392
I have the USB 2.0 version and I don't even need a y-cable! So I would recommend searching for that if possible. Otherwise the 3.0 version and y-cable works just fine too

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Cyberbotv2

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SCAR392 wrote:

I recommend this external HDD:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J7YCHG/ref=twister_B00AR...

Notice that there are different ammounts of memory for however much you need. Obviously, 2TB will cost the most. I linked you to the 2nd cheapest, 500GB option.

It will require an extra cable called a y-cable, though, which you can buy here:

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

I have this setup, and I can confirm it will work up to the maximum that the Wii U supports.
The reason you need a USB 3.0 y-cable for this setup, is because USB 3.0 devices require more power to run than what is supplied via a USB 2.0 port.
USB 3.0 devices are usually backwards compatible(like this one), but will require the y-cable to get more power by using 2 USB 2.0 slots simultaneously.

It seems to work better than than the A/C powered external HDD I had prior, and it has load ramp technology(shock absorber) inside so that it has more of a chance of surviving an accidental fall or movement while in use.

The only reason why it got low ratings by some(if that matters), is because people didn't know the USB 3.0 power requirements, or were trying to use on a MAC computer.

I did not know you could do this. I was about to buy an external powered hard drive for my Wii U, but backed off because the pricing was a little higher than expected. Would you recommend any other brands? I've never used Toshiba. I've used Seagate ever since my Western Digital went corrupt years ago.

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SCAR392

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Like @PloXyZeRO said, there is a USB 2.0 version that will work with a regular(single) cable, BUT when I went to Best Buy, the only USB powered drives were USB 3.0, and that's what I wanted so that I could just rely on only the Wii U for ext. HDD power. They don't even sell y-cables in store(I looked around quite a bit).

I think USB 2.0 drives are starting to get cut out, because I couldn't find any at my local Best Buy, so that could be a factor.

As for recommendations, Toshiba is the only brand I've had any experience with. They work just as good from other popular brands from what I hear. I've heard Seagate or WD tend to die out in a couple years or so. Toshiba drives just aren't as popular, so I can't confirm their longevity.

I had instant improvement over an A/C powered drive by using only the Wii U USB for power.

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micronean

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I just use an old 80GB hdd that I had from an old laptop. I bought a $10 SATA/USB adaptor for it and it works perfectly fine (but I have to plug it in). I'm not totally convinced about a high capacity drive being able to function without extra power, and a solid state drive is out of the question.

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SCAR392

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I'm not totally convinced about a high capacity drive being able to function without extra power

What do you mean?

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SphericalCrusher

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I have a 2TB external hard drive. I have not used it yet, as I have not needed the extra space (I have four pages of icons on my WiiU though).

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PloXyZeRO

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I have a 2TB external hard drive. I have not used it yet, as I have not needed the extra space (I have four pages of icons on my WiiU though).

That's funny, because I don't even have two pages of apps/games on my Wii U and I already ran out of the internal memory, lol. Most of the space is taken up by ZombiU, NintendoLand, Pikmin 3, and Rayman Legends. 2 TB does seem a bit overkill for games, but at least you'll never need to worry about memory! I can't really see myself going over maybe 350 GB, and I have a 500 GB HDD so I think I'll be fine.

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SCAR392

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I've already used 70GB or so. If games use as much memory as Lego(20GB) or Tekken(16GB) pretty often, that 2TB will be worth it, IMO.
Those games are pretty visually demanding already COD: Ghosts will probably be a 15GB file. The new Smash Bros. is probably gonna be like 35GB.

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SphericalCrusher wrote:

I have a 2TB external hard drive. I have not used it yet, as I have not needed the extra space (I have four pages of icons on my WiiU though).

Actually, same here. I got a 2TB hard drive for Christmas and haven't even used it yet, and I also have around 4 pages of software.

To be fair, I haven't downloaded a single retail title (unless you count New Super Luigi U), it's all digital titles. Still, it's nice to know I won't run out of room.

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PKpunky

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I currently use a 16GB USB stick. and has worked perfectly. I prefer phsyical copies of retail games so that won't matter, it's more for the virtual console and indie games that I use it for.

Though maybe in two or three years, I'll move the data to a new stick just to be on the safe side.

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CaPPa

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I have a 1TB Seagate. I filled up my 32GB of system memory pretty quickly, but I have MH3U, NFS:MW, Splinter Cell, Luigi U and a bunch of indie/VC games.

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PloXyZeRO

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SCAR392 wrote:

The new Smash Bros. is probably gonna be like 35GB.

Honestly I don't think the game will be even close to that size. The only way it could get that big is if the game had a bunch of uncompressed audio/cutscenes, but that would be a very bad idea for multiple reasons. I think it'll probably be in around the 10-15 GB range, but only time will tell.

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