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    Wii U external hard drive options

    Hi, would you like to know what could be the best external hard drive for the Wii U?

    Here are some options:

    The 320GB hard drive from PDP
    Wii U external hard drive options-wii-u-hard-drive.jpg

    I will choose this hard drive, because I don't need up to 1TB or more to store my games.

    The Buffalo mini station:
    Wii U external hard drive options-buffalo-hd.jpg

    avaiable in 500GB and 1TB

    The Hitachi (HGST) Touro Mobile
    Wii U external hard drive options-hitachi-hd.jpg
    avaiable in 500GB and 750GB

    The Toshiba Canvio Basics
    Wii U external hard drive options-toshiba-hd.png

    from 500GB to 1.5TB

    Well, there are some of the best external hard drives for the Wii U, but don't forget to use the USB Y-cable like this:

    Wii U external hard drive options-y-cable.gif

    To avoid power issues with the Wii U.

    Thanks!!
    Last edited by stickmode; 01-01-2013 at 07:55 AM.

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    Im running a hitachi one, Its not the touro, it a little older but works perfectly with a Y cable.
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    I'm planning to use an older Western Digital 320gb HD with a Wii U basic.


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    USB Y-cable

    Oh, I forget to mention that external hard drives use two types of Micro-USB connectors:

    The Micro-USB type A: (also called micro-usb 2.0)

    Like this Wii U external hard drive options-micro-usb-.jpg

    And the Micro-USB type B: (also called micro-usb 3.0)

    Like this Wii U external hard drive options-micro-usb-3.0.jpg

    So choose your USB Y-cable accordingly:

    Wii U external hard drive options-usb2_ycable_close.jpgWii U external hard drive options-usb3y_cable.jpg

    Also you can use your existing hd cable with this dual USB power splitter cable:

    Wii U external hard drive options-usbycable.jpg (Apricorn AUSB-Y USB Power Adapter Y Cable)
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    How to know what kind of connector the external hard drive has?

    Well, there is a simple trick. Check the specs of your hard drive, if it says "suppor for USB 3.0" it clearly has the USB type B connector, an if it says "USB 2.0 support" it has the USB type A connector. Also, some older hard drives use the mini-USB connector, like this:

    Wii U external hard drive options-mini-usb.jpeg

    There is a USB Y-cable with this kind of connector too.

    Wii U external hard drive options-mini-usb-y-cable.jpg
    Last edited by stickmode; 01-01-2013 at 08:12 AM.

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    My USB 3.0 drive has the big blue square A connector instead of the smaller B connector.

    Just though you might want to be aware that there's exceptions.

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