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Recording Programs on a Samsung Smart TV to a USB Drive.

May 14, 2012 5:45PM PDT

I have a Samsung Smart TV, Model No: UE40D6110, that has the capability of recording programs to a USB Memory Stick.

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Clarification Request
usb hdd recorder
Feb 14, 2016 12:08AM PST

How to record TV programs in usb hdd

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Re: how to record TV programs
Feb 14, 2016 1:31AM PST

That's explained in the user manual of your TV or cable box.


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Not here. This feature is not in the USA
May 15, 2012 2:31AM PDT

So we don't see the issues. Be sure to call it in to the local Samsung offices.

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Writing speed
May 21, 2012 7:48PM PDT

The writing speed of the pendrive must be at least 8 Mbps (but is better to have more than 10 Mbps).

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Record to USB
May 22, 2012 1:34AM PDT


Given that this is a 2011 TV model manufactured for sale in Europe, we suggest you click on the link below and choose the associated page of your respective country from the list for further support. You might also find additional info in your product manual regarding this feature, but we can only support consumers with Samsung products based in the U.S.

Have a nice day,

-- HD Tech

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Mar 5, 2014 8:45AM PST

I have a Samsung Smart TV model: UM32EH5300F and I've seen the video on the samsung website that shows you how to record tv onto a hard drive as seen here: but when I go into the AllShare Play App and scroll down to the bottom of the list on the left hand side, there is only My List, Videos, Photos and Music options. There is no Recorded TV option for me to click. Could someone please help me here?

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Just another hint
Jun 16, 2012 4:59AM PDT

Try connecting an external USB HDD to your TV, and recording on that. If it works, then surely your USB pendrive is to be blamed.

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Samsung Cust Service
Jun 17, 2012 1:22AM PDT

I called Samsung Cust. Serv. and got someone who seemed like he had no idea what I was talking about. I told him my TV Samsung 60ES8000 gives me a message that in order to record I need USB memory. He proceeded to tell me that my TV cannot record over the air programming. I am trying to record over the airTV shows and use my TV as a DVR/PVR. Is this not possible. I thought that was the purpose of recording to USB memory.

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PVR from aerial broadcasts
Jun 17, 2012 5:56AM PDT

Actually, you can only record digital TV signals coming in through the antenna. This is because these data are alreday digitised (they are in mpeg-2 or mpeg-4 format), so a "dumb" TV can easily make a video file from them. The trouble is with other signals (analogous, IPTV etc.) Samsung would have needed to include a cheap video decoder-converter (think about the 35 dollar Raspberry Pi) for this purpose, and everyone would have been happy. But they were hurried.

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Aug 5, 2012 7:31AM PDT

Actually, for an unknown reason, the tv can only record on usb HDDs, not flash drives. That is stated in the manual which you can download from samsung website. I don't have one so cant confirm. Please post if it works for you.

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Recording Programs on a Samsung Smart TV to a USB Drive.
Aug 10, 2012 2:33PM PDT

I was told by Samsung that majority Memory sticks do not work well with the TVs because they are too slow for video real time recordings. It is not the size of the USB device, it is the speed.

I was told the TV will accept USB HDD up to 2TB but be aware that any HDD above 1TB needs an external power supply.

I use Seagate USB 1TB UDD and it works well. Also be aware that there is a bug in the firmware that will cause HDD failure after time. This can be "fixed" by re-formating the HD.

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Recording via USB HDD Device
Aug 15, 2012 5:42AM PDT

I note that you state that there is a known firmware issue that cause HDD failure after a time. This is really you know if Samsung intend to fix this. I have lost alot of good recorded TV for this reason and am now reluctant to use it as eery now and again the TV fails to recognise my seagate (500gb) HDD thus driving me to reformat thus losing everything I had recorded. Have you found any way round this issue?


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I have a verbatim 500GB HDD coming will this be ok to record
Aug 19, 2012 5:21AM PDT

do i have to have a specific samsung drive or will the verbatim 500gb work as well? i have tried 4 diff stick drives none work but i guess that was the write speed?

thanks for any help u can give


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Aug 19, 2012 6:03PM PDT

Yes, it probably will be OK, but the TV will format it before use. So, don't store on it anything else.

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Tv Formatting
Dec 19, 2013 7:26PM PST

Will the TV format the disk automatically, or do i have to format it manually? Because I cannot find a place in any of the menus where it gives me the option to format the USB.

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Dec 19, 2013 10:31PM PST

As soon as you attempt to Timeshift or Record, a popup will appear and ask you if you want to format the drive to do the function you requested. Once formatted, the drive can now only be used with the TV it was formatted for.


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back up hard drives like you would a PC
Jan 17, 2017 11:05AM PST

If anyone has recurring "failure and need to reformat" my simple suggestions. Is to unplug the usb cable from the HDD and copy to the cloud and/or a back up drive for important items.

Digital items don't exist unless you have them in 3 places according to an old adage..... so.....the TV connected HDD and the cloud and another PC laptop or back up network drive etc. It's only a few GBs do it won't take long and mist smartphones cN copy into their own on board or micros storage now too as the size capacity gets huge each time a model upgrades so I'd go with the mobile to a set folder and have that folder set up to push sync to two clouds and one of those sync with a pc or laptop.
1 copy to your phone memory and the rest is automated for you

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Smart TV and memory sticks
Nov 17, 2012 2:58AM PST

Don't know if you got this one sorted. I had the same problem. Ploughing through the manual I found somwhere that it doesn't support memory sticks. Needs an external HDD apparently.

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USB supported
Nov 22, 2012 3:48PM PST

Hey guys, I'm not sure what model my tv is but it's capable of recording a video. I just used it yesterday and my old USB doesn't work but the one I bought recently which is an 8GB Lexar 3.0 USB works great. It didn't encounter any problems so far. Maybe try and use a new USB which is a 3.0.

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3.0 USB
May 22, 2013 5:16AM PDT

The first usb I tried in my tv worked, a cheap old 8GB one with no special attributes. I have recently been trying to get a bigger stick that was fast enough so I ordered a 64GB 3.0 USB by integral. However, the TV still says that this stick, and many others that I have tried, is too slow. Is it more the sticks ability to be formatted to the XFS format that matters, as this is what my stick that works comes up as? if so does anybody know if there is a way to cheat and force this upon the USB?

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As far as I know
May 22, 2013 12:44PM PDT

USB 3.0 might work, then again I hear reports it does not. Stick to USB 2.0 for the TVs.

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Jun 23, 2013 3:46AM PDT

I've used an 8GB sony Flashdrive and worked perfectly - even though the TV says not fast enough. recently, after formatting the FD - the tv says no file or something like that.

It seems that even though some of these TVs aren't suppose to work the usb flashdrives and only HDD - they can and do work with an ordinary flashdrive.

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Samsung USB HDD requirements
May 29, 2013 12:08AM PDT


This is what Samsung recommends

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Samsung TV FAQs
OCTOBER 25, 2012

Our Facebook page serves as a place where fans can learn more about Samsung Televisions and Home Theater Devices and engage with these products in a fun way, but it's also a forum where people can ask questions and seek support. Here are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on our page.

How do I clean my Samsung TV screen?

We typically recommend using a soft, lint-free, dry cloth to clean your TV. If you have any smudges, we suggest a cleaning solution like ScreenClean. Never use water or a wet cloth!

How do I upgrade my Samsung TV's firmware?

You can update your TV or Blu-ray Player's firmware directly on your device or by downloading an update to your computer and transferring to your device via USB. To check your TV or Blu-ray Player's upgrade status, press the MENU button on the remote. Select 'Support' followed by 'Software Upgrade.' You can then search for the latest upgrade or select 'By USB' to search for updates saved to your thumb drive.

After I updated my TV's firmware, some of my apps have disappeared from my Smart Hub. How do I get them to show up?

Sometimes apps may not show up immediately following a firmware upgrade. Try resetting your Smart Hub to see if that helps. To reset, open the Smart Hub's Settings Menu and select Reset.

How do I record on my Samsung Smart TV?

Recording is a feature that's available on many international models of our Samsung Smart TVs. To record, you'll need an HDD that's USB 2.0/5400 RPM. It will also need to read 34 Mbps and write 52 Mbps. Depending on your TV model, you can then record from your TV's scheduling menu.


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USB sticks
Dec 21, 2013 7:20AM PST

I have recently bought a lexar v10 8gb TV said to slow but my lexar v10 32gb passed the test and works fine. And it was only cheap to buy online so some do work and some don't all depends on speed

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For The Short Term
Dec 21, 2013 10:35PM PST
[FAQs] Television : Q: Why does Samsung recommend USB HDD over USB memory for the TV's PVR function?

A: USB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) operate between 5400rpm (USB powered) - 7200rpm (AC powered), this means that they have a higher constant read and write, this is essential for the recording function, USB memory sticks on the other hand fluctuate greatly in their reading and writing capabilities, this makes them unreliable when it comes to purchasing a USB storage device for the TV's recoding function.

Most if not all USB sticks/flash drives, what ever you like to call them will work in the short term. But due to the above advice from Samsung, they will not work 100% of the time. You may turn on you TV and expect to see the show you set to record, only to find that it did not. You may try to watch a show that you know did record and find no connected source, and have to remove and plug back in your USB drive.

If you plan to use the TV's build in PVR/Timeshift functions, you should invest in a USB 2, 1TB or less USB powered HDD.

I use a 320GB Samsung S2. I have never had an issue with it dropping from source list, or not preforming a future recording task.

So if you plan to use "sticks" over an HDD, remember this is not an issue with Samsung, as they have recommended they not be used

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Advice please
Nov 13, 2015 1:29AM PST

I have also discovered I am no longer able to connect my dvd player as its scart only, I then brought an incorrect adapter, is there a device that can record the programmes and play dvds that will work with my tv?

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Re: device
Nov 13, 2015 1:37AM PST

A DVD-player with HDMI in stead of SCART will be able to play DVD's on your TV.
A PVR (personal video recorder) will be able to record programs, if rightly connected to the cable box.
There even are PVR's that have a DVD-drive built in.

Wny not ask the shop for an advice? They should be able to show you some alternative solutions compatible with your setup.


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Nov 13, 2015 1:21AM PST

I was actually trying to find out what memory stick I can actually record on via my Samsung smart tv

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Re: record
Nov 13, 2015 1:33AM PST

That's a great question.

Let me answer that any stick that meets the requirements mentioned in the user manual for your TV (you didn't tell what TV exactly) probably works. Any other maybe works.
If you can't find it in the manual, call your local Samsung customer support and ask.

If it's a new TV, and it doesn't work with several different sticks it should work with according to the specification, it's a warranty issue and you can return it and buy a better one. For an old TV you're out of luck.