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    BEST portable harddrive or int+enclosure combo?

    As a couple of you guys probably know in my last thread about harddrive lagging on wii games. After sleepless nights of researching for a solution, I got nothing, so now im stuck with getting a new harddrive. So what I 'd like to know is:

    1.WHAT is better, using a portable drive or an internal drive with enclosure, whats the difference really?

    2. What is the BEST drive to use on wii AND PS3 backups and thats very long lasting? (i know ps3 is not wii related but i need to get the right one for both) I've heard WD is good, seagate free agent would work with a certain software in case i run to standby mode crud again, but idk whats the best specific drive to use for those two usages.

    3. Can the wii work with a 3TB harddrive? or is there a limit? I know 2TB works before and thats what im probably gonna go to, but if using a drive more than 2TB is possible then i might get a bigger size.

    Hope I can get some great suggestions from you guys

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    1. Six of one, half dozen of the other (meaning no real difference). One's pre-packaged by the manufacturer with a controller (enclosure) and a drive already installed. The other is a roll your own situation. To be absolutely clear, the real concern is ALWAYS the controller --- that's what makes or breaks it with the Wii in mind (nine times out of ten, it's the determining factor as to compatibility). You'll have far less issues with USB 2.0 than 3.0.

    I use a Western Digital combo that's well-known to work (they revamped it later with 3.0 and I can't speak as to that). You want cheap and compatible? Buy this for $8 and find a 2.5" SATA drive to put inside it. I bought one for my sister and the Wii I gave her, works well.

    3. Wiis are limited to 2TB, last I knew. I'm not for certain if some kludge exists for larger drives.

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    that link you shown me for 8 bucks, it saids it can only go up to 750 GB :/ I need one that can be used on a 2TB harddrive.

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    To be absolutely clear, the real concern is ALWAYS the controller --- that's what makes or breaks it with the Wii in mind
    so youre saying, for example it can cause things like "lags" "freezes" and other problems like I was experiencing with my harddrive?? is that why you said before I should try changing the enclosure?? O_O

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    It may only support 750gb, I stuck a 120gb in it so wasn't an issue for me. There are other enclosures/controllers...

    You said that enclosure/controller had been working/always worked like normal, and it was a problem that recently developed. That's not the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    It may only support 750gb, I stuck a 120gb in it so wasn't an issue for me. There are other enclosures/controllers...

    You said that enclosure/controller had been working/always worked like normal, and it was a problem that recently developed. That's not the same thing.
    oooh right, got the wrong idea there.. i guess i gotta buy a new HD then, so for closures, how can you tell which one would have controller problems and that won't? like what would it exactly say in the "product description"? I wanna make sure i dont end up buying the wrong enclosure.

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    This is the drive that I use . 1.5TB, I have the entire thing FAT32 / 32k cluster formatted as a single partition and it works with Wii and GameCube games just fine.

    Amazon has one left in stock by the looks of it http://url.llaffer.com/wiihd

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    Quote Originally Posted by llaffer View Post
    This is the drive that I use . 1.5TB, I have the entire thing FAT32 / 32k cluster formatted as a single partition and it works with Wii and GameCube games just fine.

    Amazon has one left in stock by the looks of it http://url.llaffer.com/wiihd
    And you still haven't had any problems with it whatsover? how long have you been using this drive? also, it saids theres a 3TB size as well, would that one work? no one wrote it in the compatibility list about but since you have one (though 1.5TB but nonetheless), I figured you might know? gotta make sure this works on ps3 games too.
    Last edited by KentaZX; 06-27-2013 at 01:39 PM.

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    I bought it earlier this year (replaced a 250gb drive that I've used for about 3 years as it was full).

    I heard that the Wii doesn't like drives more than 2TB. I'm not sure if that can be solved with careful partitioning or not. I don't think that anyone has tried that yet.

    Just because a model of one size works doesn't guarantee that all versions of that drive will work. I have heard of cases where a different size doesn't work where another size did.

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    I find it hard to believe there's 2TB to be had worth having with respect to Wii and GC myself...

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