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Possiblity of Wii external Hard Drive solution

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii / Wii U' started by knowhate, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. knowhate

    knowhate Member

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    I got this idea from my old modded xbox that has the much popular & convenient xbox media center. This thing has become my priceless all in one media/entertainment center (i.e.: xbox, nes, snes, sega, etc. games & the many many movies & tv show files). Basically - I just cannot live without it anymore - it is more of an entertainment enlightenment for me. (sorry for the rambling)

    Within it, is an upgraded 500GB harddrive that I had put in a year ago which has, of course, all the media files & game files.

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    My question to you guys is whether something like this could ever be possible for the Wii?

    I am not so much worried about having a media center for the Wii (playing movies, tv shows), because I already have the xbox for that, but I would like to know whether it is possible to strap an external 2.5" Notebook Hard drive to the Wii via the TWO USB slots on back ( I've tested this - the Hard drive receives power & does spin.) and pre-loading it with Wii games, & possibly homebrews, & playing them? Could this ever be possible?

    This would be a great convenience when it comes to loading/unloading backup games straight from the computer, rather than burning them each time to play. (I hate the burning process). So...

    Would this ever be possible on the Wii?

    Would this be possible through any of the current Wii Modifications?

    What exactly would one have to do to get this to work?

    Would a complimentary software have to be written for the current wii mods for the games/homebrew on Hard drive to be accessible? What would be the difficulty factor in doing this be?

    Do you think the Wii would need to be rewired to load & play games through the TWO USB ports?
    (I'm not sure what kind of data transfer rate is needed for the Wii to play games off Hard drive & whether the Two USB ports working in tandem would suffice that need. Although, that would be easy to test.)

    If an external solution is not possible, would it be possible, theoretically at least, to rewire & upgrade the internal flash memory to hook into a harddrive?

    I'm new to the Wii homebrew scene, so any input & greater knowledge in this field would be greatly appreciated.

    sorry for the essay...

    Thanks
    cheers!
     
  2. EddyC

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    Your asking alot of questions on a forum where the guru's will not frequent (Afterdawn is great for general questions but there are forums dedicated to homebrew with alot less newbs)

    I will say, however , that there are no current ways to use an external drive.

    In a nutshell:

    1) The State of Wii Homebrew is looking up. Crackers have just opened up Full wii functionality with homebrew applications wheren' we have only been able to use the gamecube feature set I.E. No SD cards (without modification), no Wifi, No Bluetooth, etc.
    Since there is access to the additional features I expect the scene to blow up very soon.

    2) The USB as currently is does not provide a mass storage device driver on the wii which would allow it to actually access any types of medium. I don't see why nintendo couldn't release such an update but there is nothing out now.

    You'll just have to wait and see.
     
  3. knowhate

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    Okay cool. Thank you for the response.

    Basically I'm reading around, and it seems the homebrew scene needs a bit more development to see if this is possible. Hope for the best.

    why cant these game corporations just do this kinda logical stuff in the first place!?

     

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