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    Wii internal USB hard drive

    Hi all

    I'd like to integrate my USB hard drive inside my Wii console. There are two issues as far as I can see:

    1. The size of the drive
    a. Does anyone know whether there is much space left inside a Wii console? Enough for a 2.5" HDD and a small USB->IDE adapter?
    b. Alternatively, any ideas whether a CF card works on a Wii? Either directly through a USB->CF adapter, or using a CF->IDE adapter with a IDE->USB adapter too?

    2. Getting the USB cable to the port
    a. Could solder directly onto the pins for the port - are they accessible?
    b. Alternatively, could poke the cable out the back of the Wii somehow and loop it back into the port.


    Would be grateful for some input from anybody who knows their way around the inside of a Wii, to save me opening up and voiding my warranty needlessly

    mash

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    You'll struggle to get a 2.5 drive in there. There was some chap who did a smaller hard drive and fitted it in the Wii but the capacity of said drive was pretty small. I don't have a link as it was many months ago. As I recall the USB lead was looped out the back and into the port.

    AFAIK you still need the DVD drive to be installed.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    You'll struggle to get a 2.5 drive in there.
    I thought as much

    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    There was some chap who did a smaller hard drive and fitted it in the Wii but the capacity of said drive was pretty small. I don't have a link as it was many months ago.
    Any idea on the capacity of the drive? I've only got 40GB at the moment and that's sufficient (currently). Any ideas on using Compact Flash?

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    As I recall the USB lead was looped out the back and into the port.
    Good to know this is possible if soldering to the port turns out to be impractical. Thinking about it again, I might do this anyway as I can then plug in a USB extension cable when I want to connect the drive to my MacBook to use WBFS manager.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tealc View Post
    AFAIK you still need the DVD drive to be installed.
    Yes of course - you don't think I'm playing games that I haven't ripped from my own shop-bought originals do you? In all seriousness, will the Wii not work without the drive connected?

    mash

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    You are gonna have to use a different case there are some nice small pc cases available like one shown here: Compucase Mini ITX Case - With 120W PSU and Front panel USB2.0 HD Audio - Ebuyer
    Tell us if you manage it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiimaster4eva View Post
    You are gonna have to use a different case there are some nice small pc cases available like one shown here: Compucase Mini ITX Case - With 120W PSU and Front panel USB2.0 HD Audio - Ebuyer
    Tell us if you manage it.
    Thanks - that's a nice case, but I really want to keep the Wii in its original housing if possible. There are maybe two possibilities:

    1. Use a CF card - if this is possible.
    2. Remove the DVD drive - if the Wii will work without it.

    Any thoughts on either of these?

    mash

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    I recall reading in that article that the DVD needed to be attached for some reason. This may have been fixed in later versions of cIOS though. I haven't used my DVD drive for many months but it still lights up and whirrs occasionally when usb loading. It may be possible to remove some of the DVD drive components to free up some room but still make the Wii think it's attached and working, this however is advanced stuff.

    I've had WBFS installed on a Microsd USB adapter. that'd certainly be small enough to get inside the Wii case but limiting yourself to 32GB would be quite restrictive. Not sure about CF, never used it, nor know anything about it's limits/capaicites.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Ok, that's given me some stuff to think about - thanks. I'm also now thinking about a WODE. Am I correct in thinking that this device effectively mounts the ISO and emulates the Wii DVD drive? Also, can you see the WODE menu on the Wii video output and control it with the Wii remote, or do you have to use the buttons on the device and use the WODE LCD screen?

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    I believe the WODE must be controlled via the device itself, at least currently anyway. Maybe a future release will include some software layer, who knows.

    Yes it emulated DVD loading, you even get the little disc graphic come up. The Wii actually thinks you inserted a disc. Amazing stuff.

    Don't have one myself yet.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    D2SUN universal 6 wires modchip for ALL Nintendo WII! With nero dual programmer may also be of interest, as it already does almost exactly what you are trying to acheive.

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    Hmm yes that's pretty amazing! Quite tempted actually. OTOH, currently everything works fine with my softmod and I can control it with the Wiimote. As new games come out it might get tricky to keep a softmod up to date, so the WODE might become a more attractive option. I suppose it's similar to the slot A SD card devices for the DS. Cool stuff! Any way the Wii can detect it? Maybe by probing the IDE bus to see what's there? I would hope the WODE's emulation would be precise enough for the Wii not to realise the drive isn't the original, but who knows.

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