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    Play movies off external hard drive via xbox 360

    We have laptops one with XP other with Vista premium.

    we have a movie on external hard drive and want to wacth via xbox so can watch on tv rather than laptop

    how do we do this?

    thanks for any help

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    have you tried the usb and see if the xbox sees it

    it should just plug and play

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    fragaliciousbob;4238498

    have you tried the usb and see if the xbox sees itit should just plug and … have you tried the usb and see if the xbox sees itit should just plug and play



    [FONT="Book Antiqua"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Magenta"]Never thought of plugging it straight into Xbox... many thanks :thumbsup:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
    thought i'd have to buy wires or something..thanks rep added

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    wend;4238505

    [FONT="Book Antiqua"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Magenta"]Never thought of plugging … [FONT="Book Antiqua"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Magenta"]Never thought of plugging it straight into Xbox... many thanks :thumbsup:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]thought i'd have to buy wires or something..thanks rep added



    let us know if it works ok

    [FONT="Verdana"]Here's a few search results I found for you via Google UK but check out the quote below.

    [COLOR="Blue"]What size USB storage device does the Xbox 360 support?
    The Xbox 360 will support as big of a storage device as you can format using FAT32. Unfortunately when formatting a device in Windows Vista or Windows XP you will be restricted to a maximum FAT32 size of 32GB. You can work around this limitation by using a 3rd party utility or using an alternative Operating System that does not have this restriction. Please note that the maximum size of any single file on FAT32 is 4GB. [/COLOR]


    External USB Hard Disk - Can you stream movies thru 360 with one ...
    avforums.com/for…tml

    playing movies from external hard disk
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    Xbox December 2007 Video Playback FAQ
    blogs.msdn.com/xbo…spx

    The last link has a lot of information from it and is where I took the direct quote from.

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

    If your laptop has a hdmi output and you have a hd tv you simply buy a hdmi to hdmi lead for a couple of quid and connect the two.
    plug into both and then reboot your laptop should pick up the connection and then you can watch on the tv what is on laptop screen, works for watching bbciplayer programs as well.

    The 2 ways of getting it to play on your 360 that I know of.

    1. Just plug it in to the USB with normal FAT32 you can only have partitions of 32Gb but there are ways to partition a drive to have a lot bigger sizes.

    2. Plug the drive into your PC and go to Windows Media Player and (with your 360 turned on and trying to look for your PC) and allow the 360 to e looked at by the 360. Then you need to add the Hard Drive to the libary list on Windows Media player. Now you can play anything on the Hard Drive on the 360 just by going to the PC to play media files.

    Hope that helps

    You could just burn a data cd and play it on the xbox, it only takes around 3-5 mins.

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    To stream movies, open Windows Media Player, click on the LIBRARY drop down list and select Media Sharing. Click ALLOW when the 360 comes up in the list then OK.

    Then go to LIBRARY drop down list again and select MORE OPTIONS...in this menu select LIBRARY and then MONITOR FOLDERS. Then ADD all the files/folders you want, then hit OK.

    The PC will now configure the files to be played (takes quite a while depending on how many files saved/selected). After this is all done best to restart oth machines and then when this is done, go to VIDEO LIBRARY on the 360, select your PC and then it should show all the files/folders you selected on the PC

    my external hd wont work on my 360 but i have a few usb sticks that just plug in and play

    format an external drive with 'macdrive' if you wanna overcome the 4gb file limit..that way you can play hd-wmv movies of any size straight off the external hooked up to the 360
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