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Connecting external Hard drive to DVD Player

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by harry-uk, Jan 6, 2012.

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    This is a followup post to the thread at
    http://forums.techguy.org/multimedia/974389-playing-movies-seagate-1tb-external.html


    My original DVD/VHS combi does not support AVI files, so I bought a cheap player that does however burning AVI files to disc to play on that machine is so tedious I decided to connect a hard drive directly.

    Unfortunately my DVD player cannot read drives formated as NTFS (apparently Microsoft own the copyright and charge a high license fee!) so I download a free utility from Seagate that allows large drives to be formatted as FAT32.

    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=65af7bb4d9391110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0aRCRD

    Everything works as it should, the hard drive with its own direct power supply is connected via USB to the DVD player, a menu similar to a Windows folder structure is displayed on the TV screen and I can navigate the list using the remote.

    DVD files in vob format with the usual sub folders Audio_TS & Video_TS, and AVI files play as normal.

    I have not tried other formats such mkv so I cant say whether they would also work.

    Please NOTE if you format your external drive, the content will be DELETED, therefore if you choose to use this info, please dont hold me accountable for any unfortunate consequences.

    Harry
     
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    I forgot to mention in my original post that although this utility is designed for Seagate drives it WILL format other makes provided it can identify an attached Seagate drive, but that drive can be either internal OR external (as it was in my own case).
     
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