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Wii U external hard drive options

Discussion in 'Wii U Hardware' started by stickmode, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. stickmode

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    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 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:
    buffalo hd.jpg

    avaiable in 500GB and 1TB

    The Hitachi (HGST) Touro Mobile
    hitachi hd.jpg
    avaiable in 500GB and 750GB

    The Toshiba Canvio Basics
    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:

    Y cable.gif

    To avoid power issues with the Wii U.

    Thanks!!
     
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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 micro-usb a.jpg

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

    Like this micro-usb 3.0.jpg

    So choose your USB Y-cable accordingly:

    USB2_Ycable_close.jpg USB3Y_cable.jpg

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

    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:

    mini usb.jpeg

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

    mini-usb y-cable.jpg
     
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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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