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    Using External HDD for media on Xbox 360

    Hi all,

    I've bought a 1TB external drive to put movies on & watch them via the xbox.

    Works great with my 16gb USB pen, but the Xbox doesn't pick up the external drive as a USB portable device.

    Drive is formatted as NTFS, is this my problem (does it need to be FAT32) ? If so, which program should i use to do it (can't do it via Windows).

    Thanks

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    same here tried several but only recognises usb sticks

    So I'm guessing you changed your mind about the WD Home Book? ('cos that's FAT32) Or did you reformat it?

    Although that's not necessarily the solution to your problem.

    get macdrive 7 and format HFS+ to overcome the fat limitations

    Original Poster

    I got the home book, but it's deffo NTFS, reformatted to be sure & it will only format in NTFS as well ?

    ChrisUK;4009112

    I got the home book, but it's deffo NTFS, reformatted to be sure & it … I got the home book, but it's deffo NTFS, reformatted to be sure & it will only format in NTFS as well ?



    That's odd. I got mine a couple of weeks ago and haven't formatted it and it's showing as FAT32.

    Anyone know why?

    you can format any disk to any file system

    but mac HFS+ is the best for 360 as you can use files larger than 4gig

    have a look for your hard drive here and there should be a download that will covert it back to fat32 - which will probably wipe anything thats on your hdd as well.

    support.wdc.com/pro…=en

    search for fat32formatter in google and click frst link. wee program is brilliant converted my hard drive last night for the very same purpose

    Bit off topic here..............

    So can i use a memory stick connected to the USB socket and watch AVI files through my 360 instead of connecting my Creative Zen via scart to the TV and watching films through that? :thinking:

    fat32 only for 360 and you will need to use a tool as suggested to overcome windows format not allowing over 32gb using fat32

    download.freewarefiles.com/fil…zip

    dontasciime;4009687

    fat32 only for 360 and you will need to use a tool as suggested to … fat32 only for 360 and you will need to use a tool as suggested to overcome windows format not allowing over 32gb using fat32http://download.freewarefiles.com/files/Fat32FormatterEN.zip



    and FAT and HFS+

    steevieboy4u;4009652

    Bit off topic here..............So can i use a memory stick connected to … Bit off topic here..............So can i use a memory stick connected to the USB socket and watch AVI files through my 360 instead of connecting my Creative Zen via scart to the TV and watching films through that? :thinking:



    you should be able to as long as your memory stick is fat32 format - thats how I watch my films etc anyway. :thumbsup:

    deathtrap3000;4009725

    and FAT and HFS+




    take it for granted that fat will work if FAT 32 works and who the hell wants apple file system on anything

    I should have worded it different (I should have said if you want it to be windows compatible as well then fat/fat32 only for 360 and you will need to use a tool as suggested to overcome windows format not allowing over 32gb using fat32

    DD98;4009731

    you should be able to as long as your memory stick is fat32 format - … you should be able to as long as your memory stick is fat32 format - thats how I watch my films etc anyway. :thumbsup:



    Beauty didnt realise my 360 could decode AVI files will give it a try thanks

    dontasciime;4009825

    take it for granted that fat will work if FAT 32 works and who the hell … take it for granted that fat will work if FAT 32 works and who the hell wants apple file system on anything


    People who want to play files larger than 4gb.
    Which now includes me.

    deathtrap3000;4009913

    People who want to play files larger than 4gb.Which now includes me.



    But not for those who want it to show up in windows without buying a program yeah ? or can you now just install a driver in Xp to have HFS+ show up in my computer ?

    Original Poster

    The new xbox update supports DivX which is great

    I'll try those tools in a bit & let you know how I get on

    Banned

    mcfallg;4009637

    search for fat32formatter in google and click frst link. wee program is … search for fat32formatter in google and click frst link. wee program is brilliant converted my hard drive last night for the very same purpose



    Oh dear. I'll have to change my avatar now as an inferior user is using mine

    Original Poster

    Tried that fat32formatter.

    It allows me to chose the external HDD, but the Start button is greyed out, so I can't convert it

    Any idea's ?

    Does the 360 recognise avi movie files that are on a USB stick then? Hadn't thought to try it as wouldn't work on my ps3 :thinking:

    AberBargoed;4010825

    Does the 360 recognise avi movie files that are on a USB stick then? … Does the 360 recognise avi movie files that are on a USB stick then? Hadn't thought to try it as wouldn't work on my ps3 :thinking:


    It has done for over a year.

    Original Poster

    Cheers mate, formatting now.

    I'll whack a movie on it & plug it into the Xbox & see what happens - will update you all when done.

    AberBargoed;4010825

    Does the 360 recognise avi movie files that are on a USB stick then? … Does the 360 recognise avi movie files that are on a USB stick then? Hadn't thought to try it as wouldn't work on my ps3 :thinking:




    Yes and it should also work on your ps3 like that, on ps3 you may need to press triangle for it to show ALL files.

    AVI is a broad term though so in essence it should work depends on res/bitrate/xvid/mp4/divx etc

    dontasciime;4010888

    Yes and it should also work on your ps3 like that, on ps3 you may need … Yes and it should also work on your ps3 like that, on ps3 you may need to press triangle for it to show ALL files.AVI is a broad term though so in essence it should work depends on res/bitrate/xvid/mp4/divx etc



    Pressing triangle worked a treat! :oops:

    Thanks for pointing that out, have some rep :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Works like a dream http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/314681/../314479/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif

    The WD re-formatted it as FAT32, but failed to verify it, so I formatted it using the ExtFat32 application. That too didn't finish (cancelled it after 15 mins) - but put a film on it, connected to 360 & it's picked it up & film plays back great

    DanJackson;4010545

    Oh dear. I'll have to change my avatar now as an inferior user is using … Oh dear. I'll have to change my avatar now as an inferior user is using mine




    I plead ignorant, who's the guy in the avatar? Seen it on other forums and no idea lol

    rory182;4014454

    I plead ignorant, who's the guy in the avatar? Seen it on other forums … I plead ignorant, who's the guy in the avatar? Seen it on other forums and no idea lol




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