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    Hello anybody with the patience and wisdom to answer this

    First of I should mention I recently benefited from the offer for the Samsung ue40h6400 offer at curries.

    I'm looking for an external hard drive to use live tv features and program recording and today I saw a deal for a 3TB hdd.

    First I have some specific questions:
    Will this hdd work with my tv for the things I need?
    is this a mains powered or usb powered drive?

    I also have some more complex questions

    If I buy the drive and format etc to use with my tv. Can I still use the drive with other devices simultaneously? Or if not can I partition the drive and use the partitions for other devices?

    Also will this drive work with xbox 360 for games?

    lastly can anyone recommend anything a little more ideal? I'm working towards a media centre based around my new tv and currently my budget gaming pc with hopes to get a soundbar, Universals Hard drive and a new pc and consoles hooked up

    Thanks for any help. This subject has me stumped

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    today I saw a deal for a 3TB hdd.

    First I have some specific questions:
    Will this hdd work with my tv for the things I need?
    is this a mains powered or usb powered drive?
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    you'll need to specify the deal you're referring to, but it's safe to assume a 3tb external hdd is mains powered - and whether it will work or not is pretty much dependant on the format of the files you're wanting to view on your tv



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    Can I still use the drive with other devices simultaneously?
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    not simultaneously - but you can use switch it between other devices without a problem regardless of you formatting it
    Edited by: "CBEE2" 5th Jul 2014

    Original Poster

    I didn't think they would run together. Is it typical to connect to pc for downloading avi movies etc then flipping back into the tv to play? Or is this method pointless?

    The deal is the Samsung d3 station 3TB posted earlier today for just under £80 on amazon

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    dannygreen

    I didn't think they would run together. Is it typical to connect to pc … I didn't think they would run together. Is it typical to connect to pc for downloading avi movies etc then flipping back into the tv to play? Or is this method pointless?The deal is the Samsung d3 station 3TB posted earlier today for just under £80 on amazon


    Ok, so it is AC powered as I said before

    also, you can switch between your PC and TV if that's what suits you best, but if your PC is on anyway and your TV isn't really far from your router then (since it's a smart tv) you can set up a media server on your PC and stream it to your TV

    AVI will play, you may get a few films that don't have sound but you should be fine, lots of TVs have trouble playing .mkv files, typically mp4 and avi should be fine

    IIRC the xbox360 will want its partition as fat32 , so you will have to partition it as fat32 has a maximum size of 2tb.

    You can't use a external hard drive over 2TB with any tv.

    MIDURIX

    You can't use a external hard drive over 2TB with any tv.


    Source please?

    craigstephens

    Source please?

    You just can't. Found it out the hard way when I bought one. They use a different file system, not like between ntfs and fat32, but something else. Have used 1 and 2tb with LG, Samsung and Hanspree and they all work, 3tb won't work with any. Do a Google search for 3tb external drive and tv and you'll find out.

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    MIDURIX

    You just can't. Found it out the hard way when I bought one. They use a … You just can't. Found it out the hard way when I bought one. They use a different file system, not like between ntfs and fat32, but something else. Have used 1 and 2tb with LG, Samsung and Hanspree and they all work, 3tb won't work with any. Do a Google search for 3tb external drive and tv and you'll find out.

    you should be able to partition in into 2tb+1tb (or whatever, 1.5+1.5) and have it work

    You'll have to look further as your model is different but we have a Samsung 32" and this is how it works with the HDD.

    The TV Formats the HDD if you want to use it for recording into a '0x0C FAT32 LBA Partition' which cannot be used as a normal partition as it is a preventative measure to stop moving the recordings from the HDD to another device (DRM).

    If you want to use it for Media playback it can be formatted as NTFS and will play the Media from that partition and it can be used on any other computer as normal.

    So if it's a 3TB HDD you have a choice, ours, as MIDURIX says cannot read more than 2GB so it needs to be split, you have to use 3rd party tools (IIRC We use GParted) and the split ratio is up to you.

    Just to add to the info: I've been told, but not tried it yet, that 'MSDOS 7.10' can read a '0x0C FAT32 LBA Partition'

    Edited by: "Likely2" 7th Jul 2014
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