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Wii U system update adds support for 3TB hard drives

Wondering what that Wii U system update did yesterday? Turns out it added support for 3TB USB hard drives. Now the Wii U recognizes drives over 2TB, though it still only uses 2TB of that 3TB.

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lilbroRx1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

Thats file system limitation. The same thing will occur if you try to use a 3TB hard drive under Windows without special formatting.

I suppose they have to find someway to push some negativity in with the news though.

dantesparda1388d ago

excuses, excuses, excuses! whats the point of being able to see 3tb if you cant use it? its stupid and makes no sense

lilbroRx1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

Um, the point of that statement was that its not an issue with the Nintendo's hardware.

That's an issue with 3TB hard drives themselves in general even on modern computers.

Only specialized formats and file systems can access over 2 Terabytes on a hard drive. Its a software limitation.

You will have to convert the drive to GPT and extend it to 3TB then the Wii U will use all of it. They are making this out to be a flaw with the Wii U when it isn't.

I had to do the same thing with my 3 TB hard drive in my Windows 7 PC. It only read up to 2TB until it was formatted with a more advanced file system. Most people don't know that you have to do this.

Benjaminkno1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

So technically the Wii U now allows 2tb of data to be used on a 3tb hd. I'm curious if the author is only assuming that since 2tb is all that is read, that that's all that can be used. Is this just so people can use memory that overcompensates? I'm going to have to hear more on this... not that I would come close to having 2 tb's of memory to ever use anyway. Perhaps my thoughts could be more useful elsewhere.

R_A_LEE201388d ago

Its funny how the writer comments that its disappointing that you can't use the the remaining 1TB on your HDD. At home i have a laptop with 500gb, a 360 with 250gb and a PS3 with 120gb and i I've barely reached the limits of all 3 of them.

Unless the file sizes get crazy with the Wii U i can hardly see someone breaching the 2TB limit any time soon so i don't think they's any need to worry for now.

iamnsuperman1388d ago (Edited 1388d ago )

My 640gb hard drive in my PS3 is still going strong. I think I have around 250gb left and I have been downloading games more often since getting PSN+. I think I have around 22 PS3 and 16 PSN titles on the Hard Drive. 2TB is definitely enough

girevik1388d ago

Only support for up to a 3 TB HD!?!....What a fail of a console!...
(Extreme sarcasm) :p