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    Will Wii U work with HDD used for Wii

    I have the HDD filled with games for our wii, will these games work on the Wii U or do I need to do something to the wii U if I get one Thank you

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    I've not done it myself, but I think the same hard drive can be used on the Wii U that was used on a Wii.

    Note that a different process to mod the vWii of a Wii U is required vs. the process detailed in the softmod Any Wii guide (vWii guide is also linked in my signature).

    Once the vWii is modded, it more or less is the same as a modded Wii (yes, there still is some differences, including the fact there is no brick protection), so Wii HBC apps would mostly be able to work on a vWii as well.

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    Yes the same drive can be used. Just be careful, because if you leave the drive plugged into the Wii U, you will get a prompt to format it upon startup of your console/ returning to Wii U mode from Wii mode. My kid did that, it sucked having to rerip everything again...

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    If you mod your vwii it should work fine for Wii hombrew and such.

    For Wii U stuff you will have to use a different drive. What I mean is if you want to buy Wii U content digitally the Wii U supports external drives but requires you to format the entire drive to proprietary Wii U format. This is why your FAT32 drive for your old Wii stuff prompts you to format it. Their is some method that some people came up with to hide the drive so it doesn't prompt you to format but I have not tested it myself and don't really know the pros and cons of using that method too well.

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    Might also be worth noting the HDD needs to be externally powered

    If it's not you can try a Y cable but that's no guarantee.

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    I currently have a USB powered HDD that works on the Wii with one USB slot (leaving the second USB slot open for the Skylander portal connector). If what I'm reading about the Wii U is correct, then this hard drive likely won't work when I hook up my Wii U.

    Can someone then recommend a budget external hard drive they use and they know works with the Wii U?

    Edit: The really weird thing is that I'm looking at the 5 external HDDs that Nintendo certifies will work the Wii U, and the first one I looked at is powered by a single USB slot. So USB power may or may not work depending on the model of HDD it might seem. I guess after my daughter opens up her Wii U on Christmas day, I'll try the one I have and report if it works. But I would still be interested in recommendations just in case.
    Last edited by enderandrew; 12-16-2013 at 03:46 PM.

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    Or you could do what I did: Use a Y cable, but instead of running the 2nd usb to the Wii U run it to a 1A usb charger, similar to the one below.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cjizzle
    Or you could do what I did: Use a Y cable, but instead of running the 2nd usb to the Wii U run it to a 1A usb charger, similar to the one below.
    Wait....so if I got a long enough Y cable I could plug 1 USB end into the Wii U and the other into the wall using a iPhone USB charger brick?

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    Thats what I did.... It was late, I was too tipsy to drive, so I drunken MacGyvered it and it worked lol. I didnt have a real Y cable at the time so just did some cuttin and splicin with some old 6 ft cords I had laying around. You could always just get a USB cable extension instead of doing what I did. Doubt Y cables come with one of the regular usb ends 6 ft long.

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    Good to know there's an alternative if I don't want to waste USB ports.

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