Originally Posted by TravisBean
I want to buy a 6 TB or a 8 TB WD My Book USB3 external HD to consolidate all data onto one drive. I remember reading the spec on a Panasonic Smart TV that stated 4 TB was the largest HD that TV would recognize. Does anybody know what is the largest HD the JS8500 will recognize ?
Originally Posted by dlbsyst
That is a good question. My 3TB Passport works just fine. That is the largest external drive I own so far. If nobody else knows, I will do an online chat with Samsung and see if they know.
I couldn't find any maximum size specs in the E-Manual, only the following bullet items under the "Limitations on use of photo, video, and music files" section:
* The TV supports MSC (Mass Storage Class) USB devices only. MSC is a class designation for mass storage devices. Types of MSC devices include external hard drives, flash card readers, and digital cameras. (USB hubs are not supported.) These kinds of devices must be connected directly to the TV's USB port. The TV may not be able to recognize a USB device or read the files on the device if it is connected to the TV via a USB extension cable. Do not disconnect USB devices while they are transferring files.
* When connecting an external hard drive, use the USB (HDD) port. We recommend that you use an external hard drive with its own power adapter.
* If there are multiple USB devices connected to the TV, the TV might not be able to recognize some or all the devices. USB devices that use high-power input should be connected to the USB [5V, 1A] port.
* The TV supports the FAT, exFAT, and NTFS file systems.
* After sorting files in the Folder view mode, the TV can display up to 1000 files per folder. If the USB device contains more than 8,000 files and folders, however, some files and folders might not be accessible.
* Be sure to connect USB or external hard drives that support USB 3.0, to the USB 3.0 port.
* Certain files, depending on how they are encoded, may not play on the TV.
* Certain files are not supported on all models.
I did, however, find a Samsung Smart TV hard drive compatibility document dated January 29, 2016, on an Aussie owner support site, and even though it does not mention the JS
8 Series directly, the hard drive limitation information contained therein might still apply. Here is the link:
And here is a PC World article from August of 2012 that also discusses external USB hard drive size limitations for certain TVs (may not apply given that the article is now 4 years old, but still an interesting read):
Hopefully someone will find out the definitive answer for the JS8500 and let the rest of us know.