How can I watch movies on a Sony Bravia LED TV from a 1TB external hard drive?

taj May 21, 2011
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I have a USB port in Sony Bravia-40CX520. I can play videos from 8GB pen drive, but I cannot play videos from 1000GB external hard drive. Please suggest a solution.

  1. George
    May 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I have a sony LED TV.. but could not give sound after receiving channels and could not watch dvd but keep displaying NTSC unrated. Pls what do I do. I am in Nigeria

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 20, 2012 at 6:15 am

      You mean to say that DVD is not playing and there's problem with your cable signals?

      Then you might be facing two different problems which need to be solved.Take your DVD player to the place where you purchased it and ask for possible replacement(if under warranty).Regarding cable problems ask your cable operator for possible fixings.

  2. anubhav varshney
    May 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I want to play Movies from pan drive in My sony LCD.

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

      The better way is to format your drive in FAT format and store movies not more than 4GB size.

  3. srikanth
    May 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Sir, I am having sony led ex52 32 inch model tv. it has usb support drives but i cannot play movies over 4gb since it is in ntfs format but in fat32 it will be playing but over 4gb pen drive doesnt support fat32, plz tell the solution for this problem plz send any information of this prob to my mailid thanks

    • Bruce Epper
      May 8, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Either split the file into multiple parts < 4GB or convert the movie file using Format Factory or similar programs to reduce the filesize to get it under the 4GB limit.

  4. paul michael ochoa
    May 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Hey,
    I have sony led internet tv.,also I have external hard drive 320gb,but the problem is all my movies can't play to my led tv..only photos can see..I'm not sure if my led tv is supported the avi format..because in my manual dvix only..what will you advise? Or going to do? Pls..

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

      As Fidelis suggested,Sony TV supports AVC/AVCHD/MPEG4 video formats.So,you can try playing the videos in these formats.

  5. Chets_webby
    April 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    After all the 
    exFAT format, im not able to play the video. issue is with playback

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Use FAT format.

  6. Pb Varghese
    April 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

    what has to be the movie format to store in pendrive

  7. Sundar Bharadwaj
    April 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I have Sony Media Player SMP-N100. Tried to plug in 60gb HD after formatting to exFAT still my player does not recognize... advice if any solutions

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

      Try formatting in FAT format.

  8. lenny
    March 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Hi tina, i need a help,
    i am looking for a external hard disk which can store 8GB of movie files as i am not able to store in my toshiba external disk. i bought USB3.0 hard disk which i can store such files but not able to play in my bravia TV or in my sony bluray player, so please help me

    • Tina
      March 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Lenny,

      please read the answers above. You need to format your hard drive with FAT32. You can do that using various tools or simply create a partition that is smaller than 32GB to do it with the native Windows formatting tool.

  9. Fgrockstar
    March 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Hey 
    Atlibarda ,  Does  Sony Bravia LED 3D TV supports the 3D movies of   """" .mkv  '''''  format

  10. Nikos
    March 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The conclusion is that the my Sony KDL46EX72 does not support HDDs usb3 and NTFS partitions...I hope for un upgrade because fat 32 & usb2...I think it is too old technology....

  11. Pas
    March 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Hello

    What about external disk with several partition?
    I have a 2TB disk with several partition (first is MaC FS, the second is unused, and 3rd id FAT32)
    and the sony bravia doesn't detect either the USB DISK
    i would expect that it reconize at least the fat32 partition
    it is a 1TB partition

    is there any limits about sizes or partitions? 

  12. FIDELIS
    February 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

     Hello, your TV can play the following formats through USB:

    pictures= jpg, raw
    music=   mp3
    video=     AVC/AVCHD/MPEG4

    Specs for TV:
    http://www.sony.co.uk/product/tv-102-40-lcd/kdl-40nx703/tab/technicalspecs#tab

    BDP-S780:

    According to specs for blu-ray player, it is compatible with NTFS and FAT32(read only).  I know that you formatted to xFAT.  I would try formatting external to NTFS with default allocation units if playing through blu-ray player.  The following link will show you the specs.  Read under convenience features:

    http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&partNumber=BDPS780#specifications

    Formats supported:

    MPEG-1 Video/PS:        .mpg, .mpeg, .m2ts, .mts
    MPEG-2 Video/PS,TS:   .mpg, .mpeg, .m2ts, .mts
    MPEG-4 AVC:               .mkv, .mp4, .m4v, .m2ts, .mts

    From the specs I see that drive uses USB as power.  It does not need a separate power supply.  That could be an issue with your blu-ray and TV.  USB port in blu-ray/TV might not have enough juice to power your external. 

  13. Helen Foster
    February 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I've just brought the WD My Passport HD for the purpose of watching movies downloaded from my PC but when I plu it in to my Sony Bravia TV it won't recognise it, reading the comments in this thread, could it be because the WD is 3.0 and 2.0 compatible? Any help would be much appreciated, this is driving me mad! Thx

    • Tina
      February 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Helen, did you read the comments? Your WD My Passport HD is most likely formatted with NTFS, which is not compatible with your TV. You need to reformat it with FAT32. Please read the my other comment for more details!

      • Helen Foster
        February 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        Hi Tina
        I did read all the other comments and have already follwed your blog on reformatting my HD to ExFAT as still no joy.
        Helen

        • Chris
          February 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm

          Yep, I've got exactly the same problem. Sony Bravia tv and Sony bluray, neither recognise my new WD passport hdd. Formatted to exfat straight away as I knew about that issue. Really hope there is a solution out there.

        • Anonymous
          February 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

          try FAT32 and see if this well help to solve the problem. Also sometime TV do work with hard drives with certain size like 150GB and some only recognize USB keys.

          also perhaps something should be done like on your TV.
          "Home" -> "System Settings" -> "Recording Set-up" -> "HDD Registration"
          registering HDD may remove files from HDD?

        • FIDELIS
          February 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

           Hello, is it possible for you to tell me your TV model? Also, the storage capacity of external drive?

        • Anonymous
          February 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

          try FAT32 and see if this well help to solve the problem. Also sometime TV do work with hard drives with certain size like 150GB and some only recognize USB keys.
          http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/formatting-external-hard-drive-to-fat-32/

          perhaps you have to register the USB-HDD to on your TV. "Home" -> "System Settings" -> "Recording Set-up" -> "HDD Registration"
          may be By registering the HDD it will remove any content already on the drive.

    • FIDELIS
      February 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

       Hello, is it possible for you to tell me your TV model? Also, the storage capacity of external drive?

      • Chris
        February 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

        Hi, the tv is KDL40NX703, the bluray is BDP-S780 and the USB drive is the Western Digital My Passport 1Tb.
        The drive is formatted to ExFAT with 16kb allocation unit.

        • FIDELIS
          February 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

           Hello, your TV can play the following formats through USB:

          pictures= jpg, raw
          music=   mp3
          video=     AVC/AVCHD/MPEG4

          Specs for TV:
          http://www.sony.co.uk/product/...

          BDP-S780:

          According
          to specs for blu-ray player, it is compatible with NTFS and FAT32(read
          only).  I know that you formatted to xFAT.  I would try formatting
          external to NTFS with default allocation units if playing through
          blu-ray player.  The following link will show you the specs.  Read under
          convenience features:

          http://store.sony.com/webapp/w...

          Formats supported:

          MPEG-1 Video/PS:        .mpg, .mpeg, .m2ts, .mts
          MPEG-2 Video/PS,TS:   .mpg, .mpeg, .m2ts, .mts
          MPEG-4 AVC:               .mkv, .mp4, .m4v, .m2ts, .mts

          From
          the specs I see that drive uses USB as power.  It does not need a
          separate power supply.  That could be an issue with your blu-ray and
          TV.  USB port in blu-ray/TV might not have enough juice to power your
          external.

  14. Kakt007
    February 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

    go to cnet and type easeus that will gide you to your susess i run a business on formatting hardrives  its using this same solfware easeus home master theater  good luck bud

  15. Abhishek
    February 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I have Sony BX320 and i can play movies from an 1TB external disk (NTFS format) connected via USB. Should work for u too ! When i connect to the TV, it says that the device is not recognized. But then when i simply press the 'Return' button on my remote control, file listing is simply displayed.

  16. Rpsenthilkumar
    January 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I HAVE KDL-40CX520 ME6 
    I AM UNABLE TO PLAY MOVIE FILES WHAT TYPE OF FORMAT IT RECOGONISES

  17. Prerana
    December 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

    what type of music video file does sony bravia accept through pendrive??

    • FIDELIS
      December 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

      Hello, if you provide me with your TVs model, I could let you know.  Do you have the manual for your TV?  If you do, that information should be there.  If you do not have a manual, let me know what your model is and I will find out for you.  Or you could go to Sony website and download the manual from there.

    • FIDELIS
      December 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Hello, here is the info you wanted.  It describes all the formatting accepted by your TV through USB:

      http://esupport.sony.com/docs/imanual/NA/2011/EN/EX620_UC_wo3D/nt_usb_uconly.html

    • teju
      March 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      it accepts wma, mp3, mpeg, avi most of video formats we have.. :)

  18. Ratmoos7
    December 3, 2011 at 2:52 am

    sony internet tv sucks its not that i dont know how to use it its just that there is so much you should do just to get it to play one movie what happenedto plug and play they should just let us know hay your tv doesnt play 1000g hard drives cuz i have tried over and over with other brands i have got an lg a samsung and the latest was the internet tv yes it does have internet cool fine thanks to sony but what is a tv for if yuo cant play movies on it ?! My other ld tv work just fine both are hooked up to 2 1000 gig and yes they hang a bit but still works ok. so whats with all the formating and convertion and all dont get me wrong but i do love sony i got the ps3 ps2 and other gadgets branded sony so whats the problem with the internet tv and yes im gona post it on ASK A NEW QUESTION hope some one ans my question directly hope it aint gona be about convertiing anything... just a simple honest answer

    • FIDELIS
      December 16, 2011 at 12:47 am

      Hello, most TVs with a USB option play the FAT32 format by default.  If your hard drive is formatted with NTFS or something else, your TV will not be able to see it.  Mind you, there are TVs that can play content from external hard drives formatted with NTFS but not that many.  Can you check the formatting in the other externals that work?  Chances are, they are formatted in FAT32.

  19. Fady-abdoh
    November 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    dear Tina the proplem with the clip file format ( rmvb) you need the converter programs
    best regards,
    Fadi 

  20. Jessie
    November 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I could only choose from NTFS and exFAT format.  How do can I format it to FAT32?  I have a WD 1TB 2.0 USB external hard drive.  The TV didnt recognise the HD at all in NTFS format, but it did recognise it when I changed it to exFAT.  But when I tried to play the file, there was an issue with 'playback'.  

    • Tina
      November 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Jessie,

      if you are still seeking for a solution, I recommend you to ask a new question. It will be posted on the MakeUseOf Answers front page and will receive a response within a few hours.

    • Jfksi
      March 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Get a program called 'fat32 formatter' it's free and can format HDD's over 32gb.

    • Chets_webby
      April 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      even i hav some problem with the playback, can you pls help me with this??

  21. Mmjegs
    November 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Hi, format ur harddrive to fat 32 not exfat it shoud play the movies on ur harddrive
     

  22. Mazdaes
    September 11, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Hello, I just tried reformatting the 1TB USB 2.0 drive to exFAT, and the sony TV still not see it,  However, I had an old Maxtor 100gb USB drive that works fine.  Since I am just using it to play music through my system, 100gb is fine. 

  23. Guest
    September 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    These TV's can only play from USB 2.0 devices and are not backward compatible with USB 3.0. I ran into the same issue. If your hard drive supports USB 3.0, then you can't use it with the TV. It has to be USB 2.0 at the most.

  24. Guest
    September 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    These TV's can only play from USB 2.0 devices and are not backward compatible with USB 3.0. I ran into the same issue. If your hard drive supports USB 3.0, then you can't use it with the TV. It has to be USB 2.0 at the most.

  25. Tina
    June 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Taj,

    were you able to connect your hard drive to your TV? Please let us know which solution worked for you! Thank you!

  26. Zia
    May 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Taj

    There is a 3rd alternative, which require a bit of techie set-up but it is worth it.

    I have checked the spec of your TV, it has Wi-fi (nice!) and DLNA capability. The Sony TV should have come bundled with a CD containing the DLAN media server. This piece of software allows you to view on your TV media files which are located on your PC/laptop (including any external hard drive attached to it).

    The TV manual should explain how to achieve this.

    If this is not the case, then I suggest the following set-up.

    This is what you need:

    1. A laptop or PC with wireless net access, alternatively a laptop or PC connected directly to the wireless router.
    2. A free software called Serviio (www.serviio.org) which needs to be installed to the PC or laptop.
    3. A USB cable which connect your hard drive to the PC or laptop.
    4. Enable Wi-fi on your Sony TV.

    Once you have installed Serviio, be sure to read this page which gives you detailed instructions on how to use the software:  http://www.serviio.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5.

    Once you have Serviio properly configured and up and running, you should be able to see your media files (music, pix, videos) on the TV's media player (select Serviio as device).

    The advantages of this set-up are:

    1. You have full control over the content of the hard drive via the Laptop/PC.
    2. Thanks to the Serviio software, you are able to play a lot more video formats than the standard Sony DLNA server.

    I have had the pleasure to do this set-up for my Samsung TV and I am enjoying access to over 1.5 TB of media with my old netbook running Serviio!

    Zia

    • Andrew
      March 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

      thanks so much mate, that was a big help. im now watching movies on my new tv. I owe you a beer!

    • ayaybebe
      April 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thanks very much Zia. I have been looking around for ways to stream my clips from my pc to my bravia. With Serviio the job was done perfectly.

    • ayaybebe
      April 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thanks very much Zia for suggesting Serviio. It worked smoothly on my system.

    • Prasant
      May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks a lot Zia, I was trying various other options, finally tried these steps. It really worked for me.

      This is the solution for all SONY TVs not detecting hard drives through USB, but having WiFi Access option available...

      Many thanks once again Zia....

    • ark
      May 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks a lot Zia.... It worked for me....
      Perfect Solution.. I was trying out with various options to read from a Hard Drive.. Finally this helped me out.....
      Many thanks once again....

  27. Anonymous
    May 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Just transfer the video you want to watch to your 8GB and use that.

    • Xavier Senior
      February 24, 2012 at 3:58 am

       I did and it's 2012 and still it doesnt work on my 8G wit FAT or exFAT what am i doing wrong

      • Efka66
        March 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        make sure you plug in to the right usb port some tellys have 2 . 1 for record only

  28. Tina
    May 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Taj,

    the problem with your external hard drive is that it is probably formatted in NTFS. The reason your TV can work with the pen drive, is that it is formatted in FAT32 or exFAT. So for the external drive to work with your TV, it has to be formatted with the right file system.

    In this case I would recommend exFAT, as it supports drives larger than 32GB, files larger than 4GB, and it should work with your TV. The problem is that formatting your drive will delete all data currently on it, so I hope you have room to back them up somewhere else first.

    For a better understanding, see my articles on file systems and formatting:
    What A File System Is & How You Can Find Out What Runs On Your Drives
    How To Format A USB Drive & Why You Would Need To
    How To Format A Large Hard Drive With Either FAT Or FAT32

    • DesGuest
      February 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

       Thanks Tina, just what I needed exFAT = bingo! Just saved me a forking out on a 32G memory stick because I now have 2x 40G hard drives I can use plugged into my Sony Bravia, Diamond, thans. Des

      • Tina
        February 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        Glad it helped! :)

    • Atlibarda
      March 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

       Hey, i also have a new Sony Bravia LED 3D TV, and 2 TB hard drive. i also have an iMac that i use. I formatted the hard drive to ExFat so it works for my iMac but when I plug it in the TV nothing happens.... what am i doing wrong?

      • Rakib
        May 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        Buy WD media player...connect ur hdd to the media player with the usb cable and connect the media player to the TV with the HDMI port.....it might work.

      • Rakib
        May 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Buy WD media player...connect ur hdd to the media player with the USB port and connect the WD media player to the TV with a HDMI cable...it might work.

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