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    Hdd connected to tv

    Is anyone using a hdd w/ their tv

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    Quote Originally Posted by bldozier View Post
    Is anyone using a hdd w/ their tv
    Please 'splain in English - complete sentences if possible.

    To me, an IT (Information Technology) person, HDD means a Hard Disc Drive - which won't do anything with a TV
    unless I add some extra hardware and software to Code and Decode data that might be placed on the drive.

    Like, for our home system, we have a TIVO DVR (Digital Video Record) which has a 3TB (teraByte) HDD inside,
    with tuners and playback gear built in, so I can record 300+ hours of HDTV (High Def TeleVision).

    What do YOU mean when you say hdd ??
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    Hi,

    I don't because my TV is connected to a server. However, most smart TV's can connect an external hard drive via a USB connector.

    Allan.

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    Yes my tv could be used with an portable hdd by connecting
    with the USB on the tv an hdd

    can anyone recommend a portable hdd
    do I need partitions and all that stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by bldozier View Post
    Yes my tv could be used with an portable hdd by connecting
    with the USB on the tv an hdd

    can anyone recommend a portable hdd
    do I need partitions and all that stuff
    Yep, it will need to be formatted in some fashion -
    do you have a computer of some sort or other?
    What did you want to do with your hdd?
    Stick movies on it and play them back later?

    Do you have a source for movies or just plan to download from the internet?
    .mkv files look really nice but you may need something to decode them in a form your TV can recognize ...
    .mp4 files are a bit more universal
    .avi file more universal still -

    While you may be able to play some kind of files back from the hard drive TO your TV,
    You can't just copy from your TV to a hard drive without some hardware

    Not sure about any info without knowing your TV set details.
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    I'm not sure it's all new to me, my tablet just burst
    into flames a week ago and an image of Carrie fisher
    appeared so I'm using an iPhone 5 till i buy another
    tablet no home pc ATM. I do want to convert
    eventually from DVD to a portable hdd for
    playback on the television through the USB, I do have
    a memory stick I will plug up today to see how it's
    suppose to work.

    Whats a proper program for converting DVD to USB on a pc
    thank you for helping 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by bldozier View Post
    I'm not sure it's all new to me, my tablet just burst
    into flames a week ago and an image of Carrie fisher
    appeared so I'm using an iPhone 5 till i buy another
    tablet no home pc ATM. I do want to convert
    eventually from DVD to a portable hdd for
    playback on the television through the USB, I do have
    a memory stick I will plug up today to see how it's
    suppose to work.

    Whats a proper program for converting DVD to USB on a pc
    thank you for helping ��
    Honestly. for most folks its probably easier to grab a used DVD player from the thrift or somewhere and just play DVDs on it into your TV.
    certainly a lot cheaper than building up a multimedia PC ...

    Once you get the idea of copying movies FROM DVD onto an HDD -
    you need a computer to manage the Hard Drive, and some kind of software like Handbrake or whatever
    loaded on your PC so when you play the movie on the PC you can decode and transfer the movie from the DVD onto a hard drive.

    Bottom line - its probably easier to figure out what is the best solution to what you want to do,
    rather than approach a solution sideways by saying "connect an hdd to my TV"

    So - what is it you want to do? (and give us the whole dealio...)
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    My desires can be satisfied using the portable hard disk drive
    for video an audio rendering despite presumptuously not having any regard
    as a capable media storage driver. Just audio an video not really needing any
    photo storage the tv has 1 powered an 1 non powered usb

    if i can copy Sherlock Holmes ( not basil rathborn the other bloke ) for instance
    an have it on the hdd and play the movie from it I'd be a happier camper

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    1st time using the samsung un55j6200
    i have had it for almost a year
    i have wifi in my building ( 2 separate connections)
    however the computer room manager
    does not know the password
    for the wifi so it's locked and can't be sed by
    the tenants...
    the usb stick I have does have tales from the dark side
    on it season 1 complete is something like
    240p an looks horrible,

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