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I''m planning to buy WD 3Tb hard drive to store my music and connect it to my Denon AVR-2113Ci with USB directly.

This drive:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=870

Do you guys know if the drive will work with the receiver?
I don't know how the drive is formatted (FAT32, exFAT or NTFS)

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In order for a USB drive to work connected to a Denon AVR, it must be formatted using either FAT16 or FAT32. Per page 36 in your 2113CI Owner's manual, a 2TB/FAT32 drive would be the largest size drive, although if you can format the 3TB drive as FAT32, it may work as well.

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The only drawback in connecting an external USB HDD directly to an AVR (IMHO) is the rather clumsy on-board "media player" in the AVR with all its discomfort of operation. I also have an external Toshiba 1Tb HDD which I connect to my laptop with music and film ripped, and I use either Foobar for music or KMPlayer for films with a wireless keyboard/ mouse combo controlled from the comfort of my seat on the couch. (Laptop to AVR via HDMI!) YMMV. smile.gif
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I saw the page in the owner's manual.
FAT32 is too limited (for computer use at least)
They don't mention exFAT. Will exFAT work?
It looks like the drive comes NTFS preformatted.
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I saw the page in the owner's manual.
FAT32 is too limited (for computer use at least)
They don't mention exFAT. Will exFAT work?
It looks like the drive comes NTFS preformatted.
I admire your optimism but, if the manual says max FAT32 2TB, what do you really think the chances are that exFAT 3TB will work?

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You could use the 3 TB drive, but you have to use MBR partitioning and that will limit you to using only 2 TB of the drive.

It unlikely you have anywhere near 3,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of songs. That's about a million average sized MP3s. If you do actually have a collection anywhere near this big, the you'll like mogorf said, you'd probably find the interface on your receiver too cumbsome to nagivate through that massive collection.

Save yourself some money and get smaller hard drive. Or maybe even a USB memory stick, which are big enough these days to hold most people's music collections.
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