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Samsung and External Hard Drive

by psiclone81 / January 7, 2013 5:35 AM PST

Hello, I have a Samsung LN32D403 with a USB drive (media play). I also have an external Western Digital 2tb MyBook drive. I have formatted the drive to FAT32. When I plug into the USB drive, I still cannot access files (not found). Folders are there, just not "audio" files...

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The usual is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2013 5:45 AM PST

It's content it can't play or it was added then the drive plugged in. Samsung's method of cache for the drive means you have to do something like change from movies to mp3 and back or forth to have it re-read the folder.

This is not a PC and it shows.

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Content it can't play?
by psiclone81 / January 7, 2013 6:56 AM PST
In reply to: The usual is

On the TV, the USB drive is "media play" which I think is intended for just pictures. But if I plug in a music file(.wma) on a 1GB thumb drive that has been partitioned in FAT32 it works. The same file on the external drive, also in FAT32, doesn't register.

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Sounds like the old cache issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2013 7:02 AM PST
In reply to: Content it can't play?

Ask Samsung about how to have it re-read the drive. Also you find limits on the number of files per folder and more. You're close to a solution but as I don't know all the particulars you have to get them on the phone to walk through it all.

Again, if you plug in some USB drive and it reads a folder then you add more to that folder, the new files may not be seen. There's a small debate if that's a bug. It is definitely a limitation and there are reasons for this but consumers are not going to like it.

Try naming the volume to another name too.

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Try NTFS format
by wpgwpg / January 7, 2013 5:48 AM PST

Wow! I can't imagine why anyone would want a 2 GB drive formatted fat32. Fat32 is OK for flash drives, but when you're dealing with hard drives, you really need to use NTFS. Try reformatting to NTFS and see if that doesn't fix your problem.

Good luck.

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by psiclone81 / January 7, 2013 6:57 AM PST
In reply to: Try NTFS format

Yeah, I'd rather have it NTFS, but according to my TV owners manual the USB drive will only read FAT32.

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by tonybot3 / March 8, 2013 9:02 AM PST

Upon opening Media Play, there should be an initial screen that you select whether its audio, images, or video... If you select either of the latter 2 choices, you'll only see folders that house the audio files, not the audio files themselves.

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