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    External hard drive buying guide needed!

    By the way, I know about gbatemp wiki compatibility list of ehd and certain usb loaders.
    I thought I made my mind clear when I decided to buy a western digital 120-250-320GB my passport essential in order to back up most of my games. Most people use WD my passport essential as hdds, and it seems it has great compatibility with the wii. The thing is that I was trying to get info from other sites as well, and then I read something about getting the wii USB PORTS FRIED if one uses an hdd without a power supply ( like the wd passport that only requires USB ). It never crossed my mind that this may be possible ( the energy output/input of an hdd on a wii cant be handled by the wii's usb port because they weren't made to use that way .. dunno ).
    I thought most of the compatibility issues where caused by using hdds that needed a power supply, and the usb ones were more easily recognized by the wii system, but I'm not sure thats longer the case.
    What type of external hard drives do you use or recommend?
    Also, WD have 2 kinds of passport drives. One is the essential and one is the elite. The essential has been widely tested with positive results, while the elite one remains unknown ( in the gbatemp comaptibility list ). Will there be no difference between the 2 of them. I will just be using it to store wii isos and maybe wads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauifrog View Post
    Wow thanks for the help ...................... not!

    Can you even read the contents of the post first? ... jesus christ -___-

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    Quote Originally Posted by k4ever View Post
    Wow thanks for the help ...................... not!

    Can you even read the contents of the post first? ... jesus christ -___-
    forget the crap you heard about frying your wii. Its not gonna happen.

    I would stick to a drive that is on that list, particularly the WD passports or Lacie Mobile Disc (i have both, no problems with either).

    I have used both HDD's with and without external power supplies, and have not noticed any difference, for instance with the Lacie 250gb, you have an optional power supply, i dont need to use it on the wii, but do on one of my PC's.

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    Sorry I wasted my time, but I was a little occupied at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k4ever View Post
    Wow thanks for the help ...................... not!

    Can you even read the contents of the post first? ... jesus christ -___-
    I don't even know why I am posting. Frankly you should be greatfull that anyone is even posting especailly being a new memeber. But I don't want to get in to a rediculous Thread fight, so... I currently us a WD 320GB Passport(portable drive) and I have two friends who use a WD 1TB My book and a Seagate with its own power supply(not sure of size or modle.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVerb View Post
    I don't even know why I am posting. Frankly you should be greatfull that anyone is even posting especailly being a new memeber. But I don't want to get in to a rediculous Thread fight, so... I currently us a WD 320GB Passport(portable drive) and I have two friends who use a WD 1TB My book and a Seagate with its own power supply(not sure of size or modle.)

    Yeah I was thinking the same thing to. He should be grateful that somone is trying to help him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thucncao View Post
    Yeah I was thinking the same thing to. He should be grateful that somone is trying to help him.
    If you dont have any useful to say, then please dont spam threads. Thanks.

    From what I have read, it seems that the info about the wii frying usb ports is kind of vague, so I guess a hdd with or without a power supply will work without "future" problems.

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    Until there's concrete evidence that a portable 2.5" hard drive fried a Wii by drawing power from the USB port, it's all just speculation and fear. If you don't want to risk it, the obvious solution is to use an enclosure that is powered through a separate plug.
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    I think the idea of a usb device which supplies no power to wii being capable of frying it is ridiculous. At worse the drive would pull more power than the wii could supply likely causing the wii to just turn the drive off or worst case temporarily crash the wii, which would be resolved be removing the drive and rebooting the wii.

    K4ever you should try to learn something from the negative feedback your post has received and drop the attitude, you will have better luck in your seach for answers in the future.
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