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Media Centre run from USB Hard Drive

by MartLisa / September 5, 2008 9:07 PM PDT

Hi, this is my first post and I hope I'm not repeating a question asked many times before but, having searched, I can't see anything to help me elsewhere. My question is; I have a 500 gig USB hard drive which would make a great base for a Media Centre. I understand media drives are usually (always?) IDE or SATA and I know you can buy cables and adapters to convert USB to HDMI but, can you install and run a Media Centre setup from a stand-alone USB drive? Sorry if this is a dumb question but any help would be appreciated,

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"adapters to convert USB to HDMI"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2008 11:10 PM PDT

Wow, that's something I have yet to see. Link please.

"run a Media Centre setup from a stand-alone USB drive?"

I'm going to write no. Try putting that drive on some Media Center box that says it supports it.

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USB Drive as Media Centre
by MartLisa / September 6, 2008 2:18 AM PDT

Thanks for the reply- This is where I found the USB (F) to HDMI converter. I guess there is something about an IDE or SATA drive that's different from USB in being able to host an O/S? Anybody have any insight because I'd love to know!

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That fails your stated goal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 4:05 AM PDT

"connect one more monitor, LCD or projector to a computer with a USB 2.0 port."

You appeared to want to go from hard disk via some cable to the TV. I've yet to see that made unless it was some PC/Computer in there.

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USB Hard Drive as Media Centre
by MartLisa / September 6, 2008 6:04 PM PDT

Thanks Bob,
I guess thats the answer then. Thanks for the input. I'll just have to keep using my old PC until Media Centre drives drop enough in price to make them worthwhile.
Thanks again,

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