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Caleb89sw

Hello. I heard about the new content for "Xenoblade Chronicles X" released recently, but I'm getting to the point while I'm running out of storage space on the Wii U (deluxe edition). So I've been looking for an external hard drive, but I'm not too tech savvy about them. So I was hoping to get some insight from anybody who's familiar with them.

I've noticed GameStop sells a 320gb model, but I've heard negative reviews about it. So I'm skeptical about getting that one.

I've seen a portable 500gb model by WD (model number wdbpgc5000) that I liked, but I was wondering if that's compatible with the Wii U or if it's a good choice.

I was under the impression I may have to get a USB Y-adapter if it doesn't have it's own power source (i.e. AC adapter). Is that correct?

Are there any better options other than the ones listed above? I'm not looking for anything too big like terabytes or anything. I don't download too many games, so I'd likely not use it. Thanks for your help.

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Nintendo lists some recommended brands on their site, I don't know much about them either...I'm guessing something from SanDisk or whatever they're called would work fine.

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You could get a 16GB SD Card for your Wii U. That's how I keep most of the games that has lots of space on my Wii U without deleting them.

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Caleb89sw

Hendesu wrote:

You could get a 16GB SD Card for your Wii U. That's how I keep most of the games that has lots of space on my Wii U without deleting them.

I had wondered about that. Do you just store information on it or can you play games on the SD card, too?

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Hendesu wrote:

You could get a 16GB SD Card for your Wii U. That's how I keep most of the games that has lots of space on my Wii U without deleting them.

I had wondered about that. Do you just store information on it or can you play games on the SD card, too?

You can only download games on there. Its just there to increase your Wii U hard drive.

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I've got a 320GB PDP harddrive that hasn't failed me yet and I've had it since Mario Kart 8 launched.

I don't know about SD Cards, but I used to have a USB drive in my Wii U. It was 16GB and it didn't play nice with bigger games (Monster Hunter 3, Pikmin 3), but with VC downloads, smaller eShop titles, and patches, it worked wonderfully.

Of course, apparently, you don't have to download the packs for Xenoblade Chronicles X. They'll just "improve the experience" or something like that.

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Hendesu wrote:

You could get a 16GB SD Card for your Wii U. That's how I keep most of the games that has lots of space on my Wii U without deleting them.

An SD card? You mean an SD card stuck in a USB card reader plugged into the Wii U, right? Otherwise, the SD card slot cannot be used to store Wii U games. The only game storage recognized by the Wii U are the USB drives (flash drives or hard drives). The only use of the SD card in the card slot I've found so far is for Art Academy to store artwork. For game storage, I'm using a 64GB Sandisk Ultra Fit, a flash drive that is so tiny it's barely a bump sticking out the slot. That's as close as it gets to adding "internal" storage .

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Caleb89sw

cwong15 wrote:

Hendesu wrote:

You could get a 16GB SD Card for your Wii U. That's how I keep most of the games that has lots of space on my Wii U without deleting them.

An SD card? You mean an SD card stuck in a USB card reader plugged into the Wii U, right? Otherwise, the SD card slot cannot be used to store Wii U games. The only game storage recognized by the Wii U are the USB drives (flash drives or hard drives). The only use of the SD card in the card slot I've found so far is for Art Academy to store artwork. For game storage, I'm using a 64GB Sandisk Ultra Fit, a flash drive that is so tiny it's barely a bump sticking out the slot. That's as close as it gets to adding "internal" storage .

I see. So, you haven't had any problems with the Sandisk Ultra Fit flash drive? I've heard Nintendo doesn't recommend them, but I'm open-minded if anyone has any success with them.

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Nintendo doesn't recommend USB flash drives because the cheaper ones are prone to failure and have limited rewrite capacity. Rather than deal with a wave of people who bought $5 USB sticks and lose their data, they just say "we don't recommend them." If you buy a good, high quality thumb drive, there are really no more risks than an actual external HDD.

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martinskrtel37

wouldn't it just be cheaper to buy the game? that way you don't need to keep buying hard drives?

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martinskrtel37 wrote:

wouldn't it just be cheaper to buy the game? that way you don't need to keep buying hard drives?

I bought one HDD for my Wii U 3 years ago and it currently has around 50 games on it. Isn't even 1/3rd full.

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I got a toshiba 500GB drive for my Wii U for like $35

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Caleb89sw

martinskrtel37 wrote:

wouldn't it just be cheaper to buy the game? that way you don't need to keep buying hard drives?

I was planning on buying the game physically. But the data pack that came out recently is too big for the Wii U to hold, so I needed something else. The Wii U is running low on storage space in general, so I started looking around for something.

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I've had my hard drive hooked up to my wiiu for about 2½ years now and I've had no problems so far.

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Caleb89sw wrote:

I see. So, you haven't had any problems with the Sandisk Ultra Fit flash drive? I've heard Nintendo doesn't recommend them, but I'm open-minded if anyone has any success with them.

I haven't had any trouble with this flash drive, no. I've also found no difference in load times for a game in system memory vs this flash drive. Then again, it's primary duty is as an overflow drive for my less frequently used games. Games that I play heavily tend to be in my system memory. When it's time to put a game aside (say, when I've completed it), I move it to the flash drive.

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I was looking into buying an external harddrive too but I gave up after not being able to find the right Y cable in my country.
I just deleted enough games off my Wii U to be able to download the packs. I'll just delete them when I'm done with xenoblade and reinstall my other games.

It's a cheaper option if you don't mind not having all your games on your system. I recommend downloading the packs 1 at a time because when I tried to get all 4 at the same time it gave me an error twice toward the end of the download.

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