Why are some videos on my external hard drive not listed on my TV?

July 4, 2014
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I have a 1 TB Seagate Expansion drive that up until yesterday had about 40 odd movies on it, visible on my desktop computer, laptop & Panasonic smart TV. Yesterday I added more movies to it, they are visible on my desktop & laptop but not the TV, the only ones still visible on the tele are the original ones, any ideas?? I have checked various online forums & most tell me I have to reformat the drive, which is fine but I would be gutted if I lost the movies. Any assistance would be appreciated

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  1. Fiona
    July 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the answers. I had another look last night & it does appear that it is indeed a format issue. The original movies are in video format & the new ones are .avi. Does anyone have any good tips/programmes for converting files, thanks

  2. Alan W
    July 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    when you add files/pictures/videos etc to your share folder for a smart tv you need to update it for them to show or reboot.
    If they are still not showing then look at what formats the videos are in.

  3. Oron J
    July 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I agree with Hovsep. If most of the files are listed, then the only explanation I can think of is file format or file extension. Check your TV's user guide to see which formats are supported, convert one or two of the videos that are not being listed into a supported format and see if that works.

    It is unlikely to be the disk format or a fault with the disk itself. If it were, you wouldn't see any files listed on the TV.

  4. Hovsep A
    July 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    maybe the video files that you added recently are not compatible format/size compared to the ones in your hard drive?