Problem with external HD. It stays in checking storage forever!

#1VoelgerPosted 2/24/2013 7:19:04 AM
I have a Iomega 2.0 desktop external 1TB. The wii u stays in checking storage device forever. The only problem I can think of is that it's formatted for a Mac. I figured that the wii u would just reformat it, but maybe I have to reformat it to pc and then have the wii u do its thing.

Any advice or solutions?
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#2Voelger(Topic Creator)Posted 2/24/2013 7:25:25 AM
I haven't even set it up yet. It was never formatted
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#3Voelger(Topic Creator)Posted 2/24/2013 7:25:35 AM
For wii u
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#4muffinmasherPosted 2/24/2013 7:27:27 AM
I had the same problem with the first one I tried.
Does the hard drive have it's own power source (a plug in the wall) or a Y-adapter to both USB ports?

If not, then the hard drive is most likely not getting enough power. The ones that only plug in with USB are designed for computers and other devices, and can't draw enough.
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#5Voelger(Topic Creator)Posted 2/24/2013 7:30:39 AM
Yes it plugs into the wall
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#6Skill4ReelPosted 2/24/2013 7:34:03 AM
Are you in system settings? Does the HDD show up in the options there? The current format should not matter as it has to be formatted again by the Wii U to be used.
#7Voelger(Topic Creator)Posted 2/24/2013 7:38:01 AM
http://i.imgur.com/K167RH6l.jpg
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#8Voelger(Topic Creator)Posted 2/24/2013 12:05:36 PM
How long does it take to check storage device?
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#9Voelger(Topic Creator)Posted 2/24/2013 12:05:47 PM
You know when it formats
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#10TCaC04Posted 2/24/2013 12:22:25 PM
Did you try this?

Step 1: Make sure your Wii U is turned off.

Step : Plug the HDD into the USB port(s) on the back of the Wii U.

Step 3: If you're using a drive with external power, make sure it's plugged into its own power outlet. If you're using a USB-powered drive, make sure you're using a Y-cable and both USB ports on the back of the Wii U.

Step 4: Turn on your console. After a short wait, you should be prompted that you'll need to format your USB device to use it with the Wii U.

Step 5: Select "Format" - remember, this will erase any data currently on the hard drive, and once you format a drive for the Wii U, you won't be able to use it on a PC or Mac without re-formatting it.

Step 6: Once the formatting process is complete, you'll be returned to the Wii U Menu, and a blue icon in the lower left-hand corner will indicate that your HDD is set-up and ready for use!

For a USB drive to work with the Wii U, it needs to:

Be powered by an external power adaptor (i.e., requires its own power outlet)
-or-
Draw power from USB by using a Y-cable, taking up two USB ports on the Wii U
-and-
Have a total capacity of 3TB or less
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