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Connecting 3tb hard drive to Samsung TV

by SquareDoug / April 11, 2017 10:44 AM PDT

My 2tb connected to my TV (Samsung 5100AR) with no problems. I upgraded to a 3tb and the error message on the screen says "no device". A friend said I should "format the drive to 32x so the TV will read it as a USB". I'm a bit behind on my tech stuff so please tell me what's the problem. We landed on the moon 50 years ago and I can't hook a 3tb hard drive to my TV.

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Even partitioning that drive the TV likely won't read it all
by Pepe7 / April 13, 2017 7:02 AM PDT

Understand the 3TB size is relatively new, so you cannot expect a simple smart tv to be able to do what PC can.

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Sorry but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2017 10:47 AM PDT

These smart TVs are not that smart. And it will chafe you if I told you why the makers don't issue updates to handle bigger drives. (so I won't.)

As to the 32x, my bet is it's either going to be the old USB 3.0 issue (needs USB 2.0) or the drive is too big. Try a single partition of the same format as your 2TB.

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