How to Use a Portable Hard Drive to Play Movies on a Wii
By Dustin Walker
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
PC with Windows, SD card reader and Internet access
Portable hard drive
Setting up your Nintendo Wii to play videos off a portable hard drive is a simple way to greatly expand the Wii's capabilities. Playing movies converted from DVDs is possible using the media player software. Many people purchase TVs that are more appropriate for viewing movies than computer monitors. Portable hard drives allow people to carry large amounts of data in a small device, which makes them well-suited for holding movies.
Preparing the Wii
Download ModMii for Windows to a PC (see Resources). Once downloaded, run the ModMii.exe file.
Follow the instructions as presented to prepare the SD card. Insert the SD card and copy the folder created by ModMii in the case that the SD card was not inserted during the setup.
Download the Homebrew Browser (see Resources). Unzip the file and copy the application onto the SD card. Place the folder in the /apps/ folder created by ModMii. The /apps/ folder is where all applications that are played in Homebrew Channel should be placed.
Plug the hard drive into the PC and locate a video file. Copy the video file into an easy-to-remember location on the portable hard drive. After the transfer is finished, unplug the hard drive but do not plug it into the Wii yet.
Playing Video Files
Insert the SD card into the Wii and click on the Homebrew Channel. Select the Homebrew Browser application. Homebrew Browser is an application that presents a convenient list of software for the Wii that can be downloaded and extracted automatically.
Go to the Media Players tab and download MPlayer or WiiMC. Both players work for this task, with the most obvious difference being that WiiMC can use the Wiimote's pointing function. Once installed, run the media player software.
Plug in the portable hard drive while the media player software is running. Select the portable hard drive when it appears. Follow the appropriate folders until the video file is reached. Select the video file to play it.
Convert DVDs to files the hard drive can play.
Do not update the Wii after Homebrew Channel is installed. Wii updates may interfere with the channel.
Dustin Walker began writing professionally in 2008. His content appears on websites such as League Strategies and more. Walker is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health science at the University of Central Florida.