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#1 Pestyone


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 02:55 PM

I like to save docs / pictures / videos ; avi / xvid / mp 4 etc to an ext Hard drive but when i plug the Ext into a usb port on my dvd player  

or into the usb port onto my flat screen everything doesn t play or get shown on the flat screen Tv ;  is that normal how do i

fix that ?


Also if i use a portable ext HD that doesn t get plugged in; would the same thing happen ; why is it that everything thats get saved doesn't

getting seen on the flat screen Tv is this normal; can it be fixed ?  ?

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#2 Agouti


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:25 PM

I may be wrong, but that may be a shortcoming in your DVD player or TV.

#3 rqt


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Posted 28 February 2016 - 04:30 AM

TVs & DVD players tend to have fairly restricted specs on what type disk format, files types & possibly file sizes that they will recognise or read. There can be additional requirements for writing to the disk (e.g. my HDD recorder will read a NTFS disk but will only write to a FAT32 disk). You are presumably saving some files that fall outside the requirements of your devices. You need to consult the documentation for your TV & DVD player to try and find the problem.


It will not make any difference whether you are using a "portable" (i.e. USB powered) or "desktop" (i.e. has a power brick) type hard drive - the same format, file type & size requirements exist. A portable drive could possibly require more USB power than your devices can comfortably provide, so that could be another source of potential problems.

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 07:31 AM

It all depends on the Dvd Player and Formats it can read.

Same with the TV Usb Port and Formatts the TV can read.


I setup my sisters portable drive Seagate 3 TB  as GPT and formatted as Fat32 { TVs wont read Ntfs }.

Drives under 2 TB just format at Fat32.


She has a late model Samsung Led 55" and a BluRay Player.

She can run any Usb Stick { Fat32 } on the Bluray Player with any movies with ext / format - .avi / .mp4 / .xvid / .divx .....{ But Not .mkv }.

She can run the Seagate 3 TB { Ext Powered Unit } to the TV Usb Ports with the same formats - As Above.

Picture Files can also be displayed with .jpeg format.


I have never tried Documents as i dont think thats what TVs were made for.


Usually it trial and error to see what a TV is capable of playing ? ....Load a Usb Stick up with some files / Insert TV / see what does and doesnt work.


Me personally i run a PC next to my Plasma via a HDMI Cable and select Tv Input Mode =  HDMI .

I run 2 Caddy Racks on PC to input any drives i have , and then boot PC and display whatever on the Plasma Screen.  { As a Monitor }.

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