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I mean BD5007 vs BD7007 of course

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Playing Movies from Portable Hard Drive thru USB

I want to store all of my personal DVDs onto a portable hard drive and connect it to a USB on a Blu-ray player for playback so I don't have drawers of DVDs taking up space. I am getting conflicting advice on trying to do this:


- Was told Blu-ray players are not made to handle the large video files on the portable hard drive and that it can take 10 minutes to index the files each time I power up the Blu-ray player.
- I have been told that the 10 minutes to index the files will only occur the first time the portable hard drive is connected and that the Blu-ray player will hold the file indexing in memory (I would pretty much leave the portable hard drive connected to the player permanently).
- I was told to get a Blu-ray player with a USB 3.0 connection since they will be faster than a USB 2.0.
- I have seen threads saying it USB 2.0 is fine, USB 3.0 won't make any difference.
- I have been told to forget trying the portable hard drive USB approach due to the issue in the first bullet above. I should move to Network Attached Storage.


So many mixed messages. I like the simplicity and hard connection of the USB and portable hard drive approach. Can anyone help clarify what will work?


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I want to store all of my personal DVDs onto a portable hard drive and connect it to a USB on a Blu-ray player for playback so I don't have drawers of DVDs taking up space. I am getting conflicting advice on trying to do this:


- Was told Blu-ray players are not made to handle the large video files on the portable hard drive and that it can take 10 minutes to index the files each time I power up the Blu-ray player.
- I have been told that the 10 minutes to index the files will only occur the first time the portable hard drive is connected and that the Blu-ray player will hold the file indexing in memory (I would pretty much leave the portable hard drive connected to the player permanently).
- I was told to get a Blu-ray player with a USB 3.0 connection since they will be faster than a USB 2.0.
- I have seen threads saying it USB 2.0 is fine, USB 3.0 won't make any difference.
- I have been told to forget trying the portable hard drive USB approach due to the issue in the first bullet above. I should move to Network Attached Storage.


So many mixed messages. I like the simplicity and hard connection of the USB and portable hard drive approach. Can anyone help clarify what will work?


Thanks,
Rick
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What you describe is commonly done. I've never seen or heard of 10 minute indexing. What size drives are you talking about, with how many files?

USB 2.0 is fast enough.

The above is easy enough to test with a small portable drive and a test collection of files.

Putting your files on network storage has it's virtues, too.

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I need to choose between two low-end players - Samsung BD-F5100 and Sony BDP-S1200. Can't see any significant difference between them, even the price is exactly the same. Any advice?
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I need to choose between two low-end players - Samsung BD-F5100 and Sony BDP-S1200. Can't see any significant difference between them, even the price is exactly the same. Any advice?
Sony.

Samsung's firmware is reported to be quite buggy.

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Samsung's firmware is reported to be quite buggy.
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