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External Hard Disk Drive doesn't play in DVD Player?


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#1 SpaceRadio

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 11:38 PM

Hi All,

 

A friend of mine bought a external hard disk drive from a shop and it doesn't play in anyone's DVD player?

 

The shop where she bought it told her that with the new external hard disk drives some DVD players are not powerful enough to play the external hard disk drive? 

Is this true? Shouldn't any DVD player take an external hard disk drive be able to play it?

 

Please Advice.

 

Best regards,

 

Yanni



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 03:53 AM

If it is a USB 3.0 drive, then a DVD or media player may not be able to power it, they are often only USB 2. USB 3 drives almost always require more current than USB 2 can provide.

However, also most DVD players can not read an external drive that uses the NTFS file system, they want it to be FAT32, so if it is NTFS format it would need to be changed to FAT32. They will also not normally be able to read a drive larger than some specific size, depending on their internal design - almost certainly a drive over 2TB in size will not be recognized by a DVD player.

Edited by Platypus, 28 June 2018 - 03:57 AM.

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 06:02 AM

If it is a USB 3.0 drive, then a DVD or media player may not be able to power it, they are often only USB 2. USB 3 drives almost always require more current than USB 2 can provide.

However, also most DVD players can not read an external drive that uses the NTFS file system, they want it to be FAT32, so if it is NTFS format it would need to be changed to FAT32. They will also not normally be able to read a drive larger than some specific size, depending on their internal design - almost certainly a drive over 2TB in size will not be recognized by a DVD player.

Thank You Platypus for your help. 

 

I told her to get her other friend to convert her external hard disk drive to FAT32 file format and then to plug it into a DVD player and see if it works. Her external hard disk drive I believe is smaller than 1TB.






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