I have Sony DVD player BluRay disc, BDP-S370. I have a 32 Gig flash drive,
formatted FAT with Windows 7 Ultimate. It works very well with a DVD player
playing films. If I bought an external USB hard drive and formatted it the
same, would it work as the flash drive does? Is there anything I should watch
out for when buying the external drive?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #80, I look at the similarities between a USB Flash Drive and USB
External Hard Disks and how to format them for a computer and DVD player.
USB Flash and External Disks
The short answer is it will work just fine.
So, the issue is that – as far as the device you’re connecting to? It can’t really distinguish between the types of media inside that external USB drive.
If it happens to be flash memory or if it happens to be a hard disk, an actual physical hard disk, it doesn’t matter. They are both disk-like devices and they just look like “some” amount of disk storage.
One might be a little bit faster; one might be a little bit bigger than the other; but they are just disks – they are literally just disks as far as the device that they are connecting to thinks.
Formatting the drives
Now, the only thing that I would be concerned about is that, you are correct, I do believe you need to have the hard drive formatted using the FAT file system. FAT 32 should be just fine for most of the different devices that things might connect to.
That may limit you to the amount usable space on the external hard drive, I’m not sure but it’s something to be aware of.
Other than that, go for it! Grab yourself an external hard drive, format it FAT, load it up with whatever it is you’re using with that DVD player and my sense is it will work just fine.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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