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Basically I'm trying to get my TV to see my brand new external HDD.

It's USB 3.0 but backwards compatible to 2.0, and when I plug it in all it does is light up. I normally use thumb drives, but decided that I would rather be able to browse my movies instead of just watching one at a time, but I am currently unable to do that. The drive is formatted to NTFS, which I know works because some of my thumb drives are as well.

Has anybody else had this problem with a Samsung TV, and if so how did you fix it. I would just use my Xbox 360 or PS3, but they only support FAT32, and that will not work because some files will be bigger then the allowed limit.

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Anybody know anything that will help?

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Does anybody know of a HDD that will at least work then? Surely I can not be the only person that plus a HDD into their TV to watch movies?

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Have you prepared the drive? You have to create a partition and format it. With 3 TB your pc cannot see a 3tb partition unless you use the software that comes with the drive to create a GPT partition (std pc partition is MBR)

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The 3tb drives have a sector size of 4kb the tv may only recognize 512b sectors. I think you will have to use a 2tb or smaller drive that use the older 512b sector format.. After that it's a crapshoot as to which one will work.

There's a samsung forum at cnet and they are aware of this as Segate forums, may be some help there.
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My pc formatted it just fine before I used it, I have a smaller one that is just USB powered but it disconnects about 5 minutes plugging it up. I don't know whats going on but it sucks that the only reason I bought it was so that I could hook it up to my tv.

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Probably not enough power in the usb port to keep it powered up properly. I have a segate 2tb drive similar to yours and have it hooked up to my PC and just stream content through dlna over wifi which works fine for the most part.
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My TV does not have Wifi, or else I would, I'm thinking about adding in a 5v power boaster into the USB cable, to see if it will work. I've got an OLD 80 GB that seemed to work fine, so I might just get an IDE 1TB drive and put in it.

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