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Make your own Wii U Hard Drive

Updated on December 26, 2012

Do you have the Nintendo Wii U, but you're needing more storage space already? Perhaps you plan on buying several retail games on the Nintendo eShop but you know that it'll soon take up all the space on your Wii U.


Now, you could buy an external hard drive to get around this issue, except that the majority of them aren't USB powered and instead they run off the mains instead. This can be a big problem if you've only got two sockets (both of which are being used) because you won't be able to plug it in without the aid of an adapter.

Furthermore, external hard drives tend to be REALLY expensive, so you're going to be spending a small fortune on a reliable one. However, there is a solution for this problem. Instead of buying one, make your own external drive!

This can be done in two ways. The first way would be to recycle the hard drive from an old laptop of PC by removing it and then installing it into an enclosure and formatting the drive on the PC that you currently have in use. The second way to get around this is again to buy an enclosure, but this time also buy an INTERNAL hard drive and install it into the hard drive enclosure. Granted, in either method you'll need to buy the enclosure, but these are fairly cheap (and highly reliable) and in the second method, you'll need to buy the internal drive to make an external hard drive. However, the benefit of this is again is that it's extremely cheap and internal drives are usually much more reliable than portable ones made by the same company.


Plus, you'll be saving on the electricity since it'll draw hardly any power from the Wii U when using your drive, and you won't have to try and find another power socket. The Wii U supports Hard Drives up to 2TB in storage size, so you'll have plenty of space for all of the games that you want.

To see how you can install the hard drive into the enclosure, please watch the following video below. If you have any questions regarding this process, please leave them on the comments section of the video so I can best answer it there and give you a speedier response.

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