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      11-21-2018, 01:13 AM   #1
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hard drive external connection - suggestions?

Hi all

has anyone successfully hooked up an external hard drive for storing and playing media from on their cic in the armrest? I'm after the option of having a big library to choose from.

I have tried a couple of ssds in a usb powered enclosure and although they read,they don't show in the multimedia as an option to browse like my usb sticks do.

any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome.

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      11-21-2018, 02:18 AM   #2
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What is the partition format on the larger drives?

Portable USB Keys are often FAT32, while larger hard drives are formatted as NTFS.

It is likely that the CIC cannot read NTFS formatted drives. Keep in mind that FAT32 is limited in Windows to 32GB, and the spec is limited to 2TB.
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What is the partition format on the larger drives?

Portable USB Keys are often FAT32, while larger hard drives are formatted as NTFS.

It is likely that the CIC cannot read NTFS formatted drives. Keep in mind that FAT32 is limited in Windows to 32GB, and the spec is limited to 2TB.
Thanks Jagaer, but not quite so true.

It is indeed a NTFS file system. Not all USB memory sticks are FAT32 due to bigger storage that they have these days, most are now NTFS which my CIC does read.

If I rephrase my question slightly, Why would a 32gb USB stick work, and a say 120gb External hard drive not? Both have power, both NTFS file system. I have tried a couple of Hard drives with the same enclosure.

I've jus reformatted my ssd to exfat and see I'll that would make a difference, I don't particularly want to purchase a large capacity usb drive if I have the kit already.

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the usb devices in armrest read by combox or mulf2high, not cic
and it is supports only fat32, not exfat
i had 256gb ssd with fat32 without problems
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the usb devices in armrest read by combox or mulf2high, not cic
and it is supports only fat32, not exfat
i had 256gb ssd with fat32 without problems
Thanks ptpending. Just formatted my 160gb SSD to fat32 and copying some of my collection across now and will give that a go, fingers crossed.

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the usb devices in armrest read by combox or mulf2high, not cic
and it is supports only fat32, not exfat
i had 256gb ssd with fat32 without problems
Tried my ssd formatted to FAT32. Gets further know to where it's being read, but was still reading 10 mins later. I presume it's doing some sort of indexing and need to leave it a bit longer?
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Gave up after driving for half hour with the hard drive being 'read'. I have another drive ive formatted to FAT32 and will see if that works.

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put every album in a separate directory without spaces in its name and everything will work
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put every album in a separate directory without spaces in its name and everything will work
just tried exact same set of files on a usb stick and on usb HDD. Both drives FAT32.

usb works fine. external powers on and spins but doesn't detect or it does and never reads. I think it may be the enclosure I have so will look for a decent external in the meantime.

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put every album in a separate directory without spaces in its name and everything will work
Could my issue be the HD enclosure that I have? Or maybe the type of drive im using?

What make and model hard drives have you all used and had success with in the past?
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zalman enclosure with samsung 840 pro ssd
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found out my issue was the shoddy caddy I have/had. Connection for power was fine and powered the drive, but communication connection was hit and miss. new caddy on order. Found a bigger hard drive to use and will put some music videos on there too.

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