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    Question What Kind of USB Drive to Go For?

    Hey everyone...I successfully made my way thru the softmod guide and now need a USB hdd. I was looking at some of the entries in the list to figure out what to go with (and trying to sort thru the discontinued/hard to find ones) and have a question. I'm looking for a USB powered option that does not require a separate power cable. Most of the currently available models are now USB3.0 (with USB2.0 compatibility) as opposed to USB2.0. Those of you who have these USB3.0 portable models, do they really work solely off the Wii USB port? Specifically I'm referring to the WD Passport models like WDBKXH5000ABK and the Element SE model WDBPCK5000ABK or the Seagate STBU500100.

    Alternately, would I be better off just picking up a USB2.0 enclosure like Rosewill RX25-AT-SC and a laptop hard drive?
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    Not the purpose of this thread, try the newbie section. To make the obvious point:

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    Sorry...I will do that.

    Can I make a suggestion that models that are discontinued be marked that way?
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    Question Choosing a USB hard drive

    Hey everyone...I successfully made my way thru the softmod guide and now need a USB hdd. I was looking at some of the entries in the USB Compatibility list thread to figure out what to go with and did post there figuring asking for clarification on models already reported would be OK but apparently I was wrong.

    Anyway, specifically I'm looking for a USB powered option that does not require a separate power cable. Most of the currently available models are now USB3.0 (with USB2.0 compatibility) as opposed to USB2.0. Those of you who have these USB3.0 portable models, do they really work solely off the Wii USB port? Specifically I'm referring to the WD Passport models like WDBKXH5000ABK and the Element SE model WDBPCK5000ABK or the Seagate STBU500100.


    Alternately, would I be better off just picking up a USB2.0 enclosure like Rosewill RX25-AT-SC and a laptop hard drive?
    My First Wii: LU50 (Dec. 2006); 4.1U (Gave away Feb. 2012)
    My New Wii: Black Sports/Sports Resort Bundle with GC compatibility; Running 4.3U but softmodded (letterbomb) w/system menu 4.1U

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    I have moved your inquiry to its own thread. To answer the question, that would be counter-productive as the original thread would also apply to the second-hand market (just because a drive is discontinued does not mean a user can't have one on hand or buy one used).

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    My personal opinion is to use a USB 2 drive WITH a power supply. Why tax the Wii if not necessary. Having said that I have used rosewill USB 2 2.5" enclosure without a power supply and it works nice. USB 3 drives tend to have more issues. Gross generalization yes but..

    My recommended drive tho is WD elements desktop 2.0 drives. They're becoming old stock but I have never had an issue with any....

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    Thanks...but right before you moved it I posted it there?

    I wasn't suggesting deleting old model information, just marking it somehow...so that someone currently in the market doesn't go searching by model numbers for drives that have not been available for 2 years. I'd be perfectly willing to help with that but of course is up to you the mods.
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    Thanks...ideally I agree...but I'm running out of wall and power strip space. Thanks for confirming the Rosewill works.

    Yes, I was looking for some of the USB 2.0 external drives including the WD Elements, but becoming harder and harder to find.
    My First Wii: LU50 (Dec. 2006); 4.1U (Gave away Feb. 2012)
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    Also, if you plan on softmodding the virtual Wii on the WiiU, you'll need a USB HDD that has a power supply, cuz the Wii U doesn't supply enough power for HDD's.



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    Hmm...interesting. I don't have any plans currently for a WiiU but you never know.
    My First Wii: LU50 (Dec. 2006); 4.1U (Gave away Feb. 2012)
    My New Wii: Black Sports/Sports Resort Bundle with GC compatibility; Running 4.3U but softmodded (letterbomb) w/system menu 4.1U

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