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    I did try using just the USB ports and they didn't supply enough power, so the wall adapter was my only option. It wasn't about saving USB ports, in my case anyways.

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    Just short info. Finally I checked my Seagate if it works with Wii U. It doesnt need external power, however, I bought Y cable before. There is no difference. Actually, hdd is on, system asks me for formatting. I havent checked if I can load games as hdd was plugged to Wii and hdd isn't found by wii hbc

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    I have a USB powered 80GB drive I used to use on my Wii. Originally it worked with one port, than I needed two, and then even two didn't work sometime. This same drive is working fine on my Wii U with 2 ports powering it.

    I would be careful doing the method where you plug the second one in to the USB charging brick. I did this with another device that was having trouble with a USB powered drive and it worked but then started to cause problems and make the device act wonky, for instance it would not power off unless I unplugged it. The USB charging bricks are meant to put out relatively large current to charge devices faster. This current could go in to your device and cause malfunctions or possibly damage. This is an unofficial way to do things and there is some risk involved is all I am saying. USB powered is going to be hit and miss and cause problems for some and the only way to rule out those issues is to get a normally externally powered USB drive.

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    I can understand your concern about the USB charging plug. Just have to mention that I have used that method for over a year now and have had zero problems. You are correct in that the drive does not shut off, you must manually unplug it. I have always done this after I shut off my WiiU, and have had no problems with corruption. It also saves me from formatting my drive on accident lol. It probably should be noted though that I am using a 1A charger, which is exactly what the specs of my HDD require. I can completely see your point about burning up your device with too much juice, so when it comes to that, I would also suggest to be very careful.

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    Hm, I still wonder, why Wii hdd doesnt work with WiiU. Soft mod is made, although was done by previous owner. HBC doesnt see hdd, it is powered. I guess it is not formatted to WiiU, but how can you avoid it not to format all content on hdd and force to work with WiiU and vWii?

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    I see that previous owner made folder 'wfbs' on sd card and games are seen by WiiU in vWii. WiiU in vWii doesnt see games and hdd itself. How to fix that as I guess deleteing 'wfbs' from sd card wont just work enough
    Last edited by ainue; 05-09-2014 at 04:56 AM.

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    This is interesting... I've been using a 500GB Seagate drive in my Wii, only powered through the single USB (and it's not even USB 3.0). It DOES work in the Wii U for running Wii games on modded vWii. However, after a seemingly random amount of time of play (tried on several games, even GameCube games via Devolution), it will either softlock requiring me to unplug the Wii U, or it will freeze on a black screen and then revert to the HBC. Is this because of the hard drive? I don't have an externally powered one to test, nor do I have a Y-cable.

    But I figured I'd post to tell you guys about it, since it is weird. I originally posted it in the vWii Modding Guide thread, but haven't gotten any replies. The text of that post is:

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt23488
    I have a question about the hard drives as well. I know the guide says you must use an externally powered HDD, but I don't have one. So for the heck of it I tried the HDD I used in my Wii, and it seems to work fine. However, so far I've played two separate games off of it (one GameCube via Devolution, and one Wii game), and both times after 10-15 minutes of play, the console would stop reading input, but would act like I was still pressing whatever buttons I was pressing when it happened. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, I can't do anything at that point except disconnect the Wii U from power, as nothing provokes any response from the Wii U.

    My question is a two-parter:
    1. Is this expected behavior of a non-externally powered HDD (as opposed to it not being recognized at all)?
    2. If not, help pl0x. I guess to make this one a question, I'll reword it: how can I fix it? Thanks!

    EDIT: I use USB Loader GX, the version that is currently linked in the Devolution guide. Not sure if that matters, but I figure the more information I can supply the better. Also, I just modded the vWii today, so all the cIOS and Homebrew Channel should be up to date. Also again, I have been using the Aspect Ratio fix as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt23488
    This is interesting... I've been using a 500GB Seagate drive in my Wii, only powered through the single USB (and it's not even USB 3.0). It DOES work in the Wii U for running Wii games on modded vWii. However, after a seemingly random amount of time of play (tried on several games, even GameCube games via Devolution), it will either softlock requiring me to unplug the Wii U, or it will freeze on a black screen and then revert to the HBC. Is this because of the hard drive? I don't have an externally powered one to test, nor do I have a Y-cable. But I figured I'd post to tell you guys about it, since it is weird. I originally posted it in the vWii Modding Guide thread, but haven't gotten any replies. The text of that post is:
    Sounds like the drive may be going into sleep mode.

    Check the manufacturer's web site for a utility to change settings to disable sleep.

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    I doubt that's the issue since it has never done that in my Wii. If the Wii U is actively reading from the drive it shouldn't go into a sleep mode, unless the Wii U spontaneously stops reading from it for some reason... At which point it would probably have the same symptoms.

    Oddly enough I was cleaning my apartment today and found that I do in fact have a Y-cable for a reason I know not, so I'm actually about to test it out now.

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    Wasn't sure if I should post this here or make a new thread, anyways...After using my HDD on the Wii U I wanted to add some things to the hard drive so i plugged it into my PC but Windows 8 didn't recognize it. Obviously I was pretty worried, but all I did to fix it was reassign a drive letter using a partition manager. Worked like a charm, just wanted to post this in case anyone was having the same issue.

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