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Can Blu-ray read external hard drive ?

by nareshkumarnunna / December 3, 2011 2:08 AM PST

If there is any blu-ray player which can read large external hard drives, please suggest.

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No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2011 2:15 AM PST

It will be a while for the products to handle these new 3TB drives.

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What do you mean when...
by ahtoi / December 4, 2011 3:18 PM PST

you say "read" (like a computer)? How large is large? I have a Samsung that can play my music and photo (it's a 320Gb. 2.5" Transcend).

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Can Blu-ray read external hard drive ?
by 3coursedinner / December 4, 2011 8:35 PM PST

Are you talking about media files (movies, pictures, music, etc.) and attaching via USB to a blu ray player? If so, I'm familiar with the Oppo brand which isn't cheap. The external drive is limited to 2 TB in size.
I'm not familiar with other brands but Yamaha has a player $100 cheaper than the Oppo and it has a USB and can play pictures and music. I didn't see whether it can play movie files (ISO or MPG4 or whatever) -- you'd have to check the Yamaha web site,

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Can Blu-ray read external hard drive ?
by nareshkumarnunna / December 5, 2011 9:02 AM PST

Myne is only 1 TB capacity. Hard drive should be in NTFS or FAT32 or both ?

Which particular model in Yamaha, Oppo, Samsung can read external hard drives ?

I bought a Sony TV. So, it would be great if you could suggest any Sony model if exists.

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by 3coursedinner / December 5, 2011 10:37 PM PST

As I said, I'm familiar with the Oppo so I know it reads FAT, FAT32 and NTFS but other brands may or may not support all file systems. All will probably require the external drive have its own power supply. You didn't answer as to what you would have on the external drive which is important as different brand players with USB may or may not support your files on the external. Oppo supports ISO among others and Samsung may not. I am not going to search for all applicable models for you but I did a quick look:
Oppo BDP93
Yamaha BD-A1010
Samsung BD-D7500
Again, not all support all types of files. YOU have to know what files you want to access on the external and YOU have to check the different brands to see if their models support your files. More than likely mimimum price is $350 of not higher. Good luck.

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Can Blu-ray read external hard drive ?
by nareshkumarnunna / December 7, 2011 5:59 AM PST
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Hi 3coursedinner. Thanks for your response.

I want to play videos on my hard drive. Most of them are .avi, .vob, .mp4 formats.

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Generally, I believed a media player...
by ahtoi / December 7, 2011 9:34 AM PST

would support more video formats than a BDplayer would. Just my thought on this.

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by 3coursedinner / December 7, 2011 9:04 PM PST

I did check the Yamaha web site and there are a couple of models with 1 or more USB ports. Unfortunately, the specs are not specific as to what can be read and played via the USB -- it does mention JPEG, MPEG. There are other compatible media files but only via disk, not USB.
I don't think you're going to find (other than the Oppo) USB equipped blu ray players supporting a wide variety of media files off a USB connected hard drive, especially VOB. The Oppo is not cheap ($499).
Like someone said, you may want to go the media player route where the files are actually played on the media player and transmitted to the network connected TV (wireless or ethernet connected). I'm not a media player person so you would have to start a new thread and ask those who do use them for advice.

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