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Sony Blu-ray Player BDP-S470 Using USB HDD, format, setup.

by gplacek / April 1, 2011 4:55 AM PDT

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.

guiformat.exe -

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! Happy



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If I recall re: FAT32 and the 'ceiling'...
by Pepe7 / April 1, 2011 8:11 AM PDT

FWIW, you *can* do it, but the cluster size will be a painful 32K ;(.

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*can* do
by gplacek / April 1, 2011 8:58 AM PDT


*can* do what? I don't understand. Happy


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by gplacek / April 1, 2011 9:04 AM PDT

When encoding video files, make sure to use the "MPEG-4 (FFmpeg) Codec", as the other two codecs offered in the options for "HandBrake" give a "file format not supported" error.


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Windows format
by JimmyIIX / February 1, 2013 12:47 PM PST

Not going to go into it. Just an FYI windows can format to any extension. FAT, FAT32,NTSC etc....You just need to know what your doing.

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Sony s790 supported formats
by samiapple / August 14, 2015 2:01 AM PDT

I don't really uderstand you. But I think the things I found days before will be useful. So I share it here for guys: Sony S790 Blu-ray Player Playable types of file:
Video: MPEG-1/2 files in .mpg, .mpeg, .m2ts, .mts extentions; MPEG-4 AVC file in .mkv, .mp4, .m4v, .m2ts, .mts extension; WMV9 file in .wmv, .asf extension and Xvid file in .avi extension.

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Another alternative for Sony s790.
by Funkrer / September 9, 2015 3:02 AM PDT

Compared Sony s790, I prefer watching movies on computers.

To watch a movie on computer, I only need to download a free player like VLC.

If I want to get more clearer definition. I only need to buy a blu-ray drive like sony , samsung and a blu-ray player program. And the audition effect is better.

Note: program name removed by moderator.

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