How can I share my USB Hard Drive with my Wii and my Network?
Edit: The purpose of this thread is to try to find a way to share an external USB Hard Drive with both the Wii and the Home Network (thru direct ethernet, or thru sharing an eSATA/Firewire connection). If this is something you'd like to do, please read on and contribute any ideas, thanks!
What I want to be able to do is, connect my Wii USB HDD to my Network and my Wii at the same time. That way I can access/transfer pictures/music etc to it from my computer, OR access the games/data from it using the Wii - without unplugging anything or moving anything. Sort of like a Network file server that also connects to the Wii.
Anyone know of an external drive that can do that? Or (even better) an adapter with this capability so I can continue to use my current external Sata drive? I've looked around a lot but cannot find something that would work directly.
OR (and this is a big or), if there is no device that could simultaneously connect a HDD to a network and USB at the same time, what about some sort of Virtual USB software for a PC? Maybe something like Dameon-Tools, but instead creates a 'Virtual' USB HDD, and sends the data out thru a USB cable to connect to the Wii. (Although I guess you'd have to have a Male USB A to Male USB A type of cable...)
What do you guys think? Has anyone tried this, or know some way to do this? Sounds good on paper anyway... Thanks!
so i'm not the only one...
I have been looking in to this since i hacked my wii a few months ago, so far i have come up with nothing:035:. I do have a usb A male to usb A male cord, i've never thought of a virtual usb, but if it is possible i will keep you posted. :003:
Originally Posted by knightracer1k
and if a virtual usb is possible, and if you don't have a male to male usb A cord it is easy to make your own using the male parts of 2 different usb cords
I have also been looking for something like this
I have also been looking for something like this. There are a few things I can think of.
The Wii and you computer are already on the same network, both connected to your router. There is homebrew that allows the Wii to access FTP sites and also set itself up as an FTP server. I figure you should be able to use something like this. Since any game loaders or media players I know of on the Wii can't access network files, I guess the way to go would be to have the usb HDD always hooked up to the Wii and then somehow have the Wii sharing that HDD over th network (you mentioned having the HDD hooked up with ethernet: in this case the Wii would be acting as the gateway to the network since it is already connected to it. I would think this is possible but have no idea how to do it or write any software necessary to make it work.
I am really surprised nobody has done this, makes me think it can't be done somehow.
Another idea is if you coud just hook up some kind of usb splitter (one sort of opposite to a typical usb hub) that connects one end to the USB HDD and the other end splits and can plug into both the Wii and PC at the same time. I don't see why this can't happen, networked HDDs can be accessed by multiple PCs at once as we all know. I assume the reason such a product doesn't exist (if it doesn't) because when you want to share an HDD with multiple devices (with multiple PCs), you just share it over the network. Since the Wii can't do this as easily, or at least not while simultaneously accessing it with a usb loader or media player (as I mentioned in the first idea), we are presented with no easy way to do what we all seem to want here. In my opinion the greatness of USB loaders is massively narrowed if I have to always unhook it over and over again, even if it is in the same room as my PC and requires only switching a few cords around each time.
I find it very surprising that the hardcores in the Wii hacking community have not solved such an obviously pressing issue.