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Ne1L C1,607 posts since 11 Sep 2011
Hi

I've placed all my media files on a WD My Passport External HDD. I've plugged it in to my Samsung le32450e1w xxu TV. It will read to hdd but not play any files. Its the same when I try and play them through Kodi.

I've formatted the drive with NTFS.

Can anyone help?

Thanks
DVB Cornwall9,185 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Couple of potential issues and resulting questions .....

Do Samsung with their cutdown operating system on their TVs .....

1. Have a maximum number of permissable files on each HDD? If so are you exceeding this? and/or
2. Similarly does their OS limit the permissable size of HDD that can be used? If so is your WDMP greater than this?
Neil Jones6,194 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Yes but that's not what I asked.

NTFS is not "unique" to Windows but it originated there. Macs can only read NTFS I believe out of the box, not write to it, and the Chromebook will usually only do it to exFAT or at most FAT32.

Considering neither of those operating systems can format NTFS drives, you must have access to Windows. I repeat: Can WIndows read your drive or not?
Neil Jones6,194 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
So how did you format it NTFS then if you don't have Windows?
Mac is read-only NTFS. Chromebook defaults to FAT32.
Most other operating systems are read-only to NTFS formatted drives with a few exceptions, but the two you've listed are not exceptions.

Or do you really mean that the drive was already formatted for NTFS when you bought it and you've just plugged it in and dumped a load of files on it? Chromebook will let you do that I believe, it just won't format it as NTFS.
Ne1L C1,607 posts since 11 Sep 2011
It will read to hdd but not play any files. Its the same when I try and play them through Kodi.


Just to be absolutely clear, it shows you the files on the drive? If so, what happens you try to play one? What's the source of the files?


This is what it says
File manager...pnhub...home

In the past with a previous hdd it then showed the categories.

This time there’s nothing there
Neil Jones6,194 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
When you formatted a drive last time in your software of Tuxera and plugged it into a TV did it work then? Or is this the first time you're doing this?

I'm wondering if the TV is expecting a certain file format which may or may not be NTFS.

The easiest solution to the problem could be probably not doing it as an external drive over USB. A NAS drive could be better because that solves all the filesystem isssues which don't exist over a network.

Note that you don't need an actual NAS drive as such because something like a Raspberry Pi can do a similar thing, but an actual NAS would provide more flexibility as if you rip more media at a later date (ie you buy a new DVD or something) you can just squirt it to the network drive and then do whatever you do to reduce the file size if that's what you do.