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Connecting an external hard drive to your Wii to backup and play your games is a simple way to keep expensive discs out of harms way, decrease game load times, and organize your collection with swanky cover art. Here’s how it works…


Setting up your Wii with an external hard drive is a wildly popular topic and since the old guides on how to do this went offline, we’ve received daily emails on the topic. In response to the demand, here’s our own complete guide to setting up your Wii to play games from a USB hard drive.

When laid out screen-by-screen this guide is quite lengthy, but the process itself only takes about 10 minutes start to finish—if you’re not stopping to take lots of screenshots and write a tutorial along the way! This guide will show you how to activate an exploit on your Wii to allow more advanced Homebrew software to run, how to setup and format an external USB hard drive to play nice with your Wii, and how to manage the process of backing up your games and displaying them in cover-flow inspired style. When you’re done your games will be load fast, be immune from scratches and mishandling, and be displayed in a way that will make your friends envious.

Before you delve into the project why don’t we take a peek at this video demonstration of the interface to help you decide if it’s worth it—it’s so worth it, but who’s going to say no to a video tour?