FWIW, you *can* do it, but the cluster size will be a painful 32K ;(.
This is info for setting up and using the Sony BDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player to use a USB hard drive to play your music and video collection.
My system is a Gateway NV Laptop running Windows7. Some or all of this will work for other operating systems as well.
First off, where are your video and audio files stored now? Are they on the HD with your OS? Are they on an external drive? How is that drive formatted?
Sony BDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player will ONLY read files from a FAT32 formatted USB hard drive. (or from a CD or DVD, Blu-ray USB stick etc..)(but this is about HD's, so i'm not going into that.)
If you already have an external drive you wish to use for your BDP that's fine, however, if it is not formatted to FAT32 you will need to move all the data off of it
before you format. Formatting WILL DESTROY ALL DATA ON THE DISK!!!! So you might just want to go out and purchase a new one. $100 will get you about 500GB of space.
Windows alone will not be able to format the drive correctly. You will need a seperate program to do this. I use guiformat.exe. This is a free download.
When you buy a new drive it will most likley be formatted to NTFS. If this is the case you are ready to use guiformat.exe to reformat the drive to FAT32. Windows will not format FAT32 over 30GB. Windows will format larger than this to NTFS and too FATex. FATex will NOT work with your BDP.
Run guiformat.exe on the NTFS formatted drive to reformat to FAT32. The only thing that guiformat will do is format drives to FAT32.
Running guiformat.exe will format the drive. This will DESTROY ALL DATA ON THE DRIVE THAT YOU SELECT.
Once this is done, you're almost done.
Copy over .MP3 files and .MP4 video files. For a complete list of file types that are supported on your BDP look on page 32 of the BDP-S470 manual.
Some video formats supported are .mpg, .mpeg, .m2ts, .mp4, .divx (.avi does not always work!!!) .wmv, and .asf
Some audio formats supported are .mp3, .m4a, .wma, .wav
Also .jpg and .jpeg are supported.
That being said, you can use itunes to convert files to .mp3 from most other audio formats. On request I can give more info on this topic.
As for video files, I use the .mp4 format. For converting large numbers of video files to .mp4 I use "HandBrake-0.9.5-Win_GUI.exe"
That should do it for now. Please let me know if this was helpful or if other info is needed. I will try to answer any questions.
Happy BDP USB HDD Playing!