Originally Posted by lordhalbert
Thank you Cpt. Obvious.
Those extra steps can take a couple of minutes especially if your storage device has an AC adapter that needs to be unplugged/plugged as well in some cases.
That's what PC streaming is for- no reason to copy to the USB storage (as long as your PC is on at the time, obviously.)
The BD390 works just fine w/ my AcomData 2.5" USB-powered drive; no need for AC adapters, has eSATA also for super-fast copies from my PC, etc...
I wouldn't recommend keeping external drives powered 24x7, though, just in case you were planning that, unless you have very good cooling (eg, active fan).
Nearly all externals will just cook or fail if you leave them running too long.
Small USB 2.5" pocket drives tend to be OK just from low power/small size & heat; full 3.5" 7200rpm drives would cook, although maybe a WD green drive might be ok.