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    Hi, sorry if posting in the wrong place but it is a bit of everything....I would like to buy a portable hard drive where I can store films, music etc etc and connect it to my new sony tv. My tv is able to play films like dvix from a pen drive so this is why I tought I'll buy a portable hard drive and load all my kids films on it+some films for me.... My question, is it possible? software, connections problems that i might find?better a portable or a powered one?many thanks

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    If its works off a pen drive, then any portable hdd should work, I would go for usb powered and not mains powered, much easier to use. You wont need any software, the divx software on the tv will do. It may not play all file types like mkv...but you will soon find out which files it plays and which it doesnt.

    My LG tv plays from any of my portable hdds and pen drives.

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    if its a sony bravia tv which it prob is you will need to reformat the hdd to fat 32 as the tv wont read nfts i had this prob with my sony bravia internet tv, the tv wont play mkv files, its hit and miss as to what formats the tv will play as it depends on the codec of the file, it tends to play blu ray rips most of the time, also avi and mpeg 1-2, to avoid any of this you could by a multi media player like the wd tv live ( 59 atm in tescos ) which plays anything, if you go down this route you have no need to reformat the hdd, just connect it to the wd tv live and that to the tv via hdmi and your away, no problems with files that wont play, also the wd tv live is networked which means you will get some internet video sites to watch, its is also dlna ( google on that for info )
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    My Sony Bravia does all that usb pen drive stuff, although it seems to crash every time after long when using the usb. It usually freezes when I'm starting another film, and then lets off a huge pop then reboots.. so don't use the usb drive feature much because of this.

    I was gonna buy a hard drive for it, but mine wont even charge my ipod shuffle, even after 8 hours its still blinking orange, so I thought it may not power a usb hard drive.

    Mine is a cheap model though, bought it on sale at tescos last Nov. On sale because the boxes had world cup 2010 pics on them, so they had to get rid of them. Got mine for 250... the quality is ok, has 4 HDMI's and all that good stuff, but ghosting is noticeable a lot of the time especially in them older tv shows like X files, Star trek where they use them soft camera lenses.. meh, maybe the one I have just has crap specs
    Last edited by Sirus; 12th November, 2011 at 12:56 AM.

 

 

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