How can I connect a hard disk to a Sony Bravia TV with HDMI port?

avisek bera July 17, 2011

I have a 500GB hard disk and I need to connect it to my Sony Bravia. It has a HDMI port. So how to connect?

  1. Aibek
    April 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I was trying to do the same thing in the past and it didn't work.
    I later found out that not all TV s are able to read data off the hard drive.
    In my case I could easily stream vide from the USB Flash thumbdrive but not the
    USB external drives.

  2. Bruce Epper
    April 22, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Is it not recognizing the device itself or is it not recognizing any files on the device?  For movie files, it will only recognize MPEG1 or MPEG2 (only MPEG1 Layer II audio codec).  If the files are not in either of those 2 formats and there are no MP3 or JPEG files on it, it will indicate that there is nothing it can do with the device since there is no supported media on it.

  3. Oron Joffe
    April 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    It would be best to check your TV's manual and see what it says. There are many too many variables for a generic answer, and unless one of the contributors has this specific TV and has used it in this particular way then we won't know the answer for sure.
    What to look for: is the USB connection for intended for a hard disc? If so, is it only for recording and replaying via the TV (this is the "RAW" mode Mike mentions at the top), or can it also take PC discs. If it can read PC discs, what format do they need to be in - FAT32, ExFAT, something else? What video formats are recognised? In other words, look for chapters about USB, hard disc and recording.

  4. Rin
    March 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

    How can i connect this Hard disc to my HDMI or USB PORT. Any connector can solve my prob?

    • James Bruce
      March 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      You cant connect a hard disk to an HDMI port, thats for video, not data. If you hard disk has a USB port on it, you should have got a USB cable with it, plug that into the USB port. If you hard disk doesnt have a USB port, then obviously its not going to connect to the USB on your tv. 

  5. Zeb_18pk
    December 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

    thanks james for your kind assistance

  6. Sidney
    November 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    When connecting a USB drive directly to a T.V, majority of the LCD TV's available support a limited range of formats, many don't cater for the vast array of video and image formats we've got in the market nowadays (.avi, mp4, matroska) or (png, bmp), and so on, It may be simpler to connect your laptop and output your LCD TV's signal out directly as you would with a projector using a standard VGA cable.

  7. Alamzeb Khan
    November 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm


    I have recently purchased Haier LCD Model 26T51. It has HDMI port. I want to connect my USB and want to watch those videos which i have in my USB. Now my question is that is it possible or is  there any way to connect my USB with my newly purchased Haier LCD? Does i will need any extra device for converting USB into HDMI because i have tried to put in USB in HDMI port but it slot was not fit for that purpose.

    i will anxiously wait for your kind assistance. Regards

    • James Bruce
      November 5, 2011 at 9:28 am

      If you'd like to post this as a new question, you'll get a better response.

      And no, you can only plug a USB device into a USB port, and a HDMI plug into a HDMI port. There is no way to 'convert' USB signal into HDMI. 

      HDMI is an audio-visual signal, USB is a data signal. The two are very much not compatible. 

      Looking at this product page for your specific TV: It appears there *is* a USB port there somewhere, however it can only be used to display JPG pictures and MP3 audio files - so you're out of luck for video. 

  8. Muthukumar
    August 19, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I have 200GB hard disk which i have tried to connect my hard disk via USB of Sony Bravia new model it's not recognizing the USB device. Then please reply me if there is any way to connect my hard disk to my Sony Bravia LCD TV with any way to watch the media's and photo's

    • Bwool
      August 19, 2011 at 6:50 am

      I have a new Sony Bravia also, I have 3 different brand Hard Drives, the
      oldest one which is 320 gb is the only one the TV recognises, not much
      you can do, if you can get hold of an older drive you'll probably find
      it more compatible, I found a similar situation with my PC's (about 7)
      some will run the drives and others want to format.

    • Tina
      August 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Brian and Muthukumar,

      the problem probably lies within the file system your external hard drives are formatted in. We had a similar question before, please check out the answers here: //

  9. James Bruce
    July 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Avisek, you cant connect a hard disk through HDMI. As Mike said, you'll need a USB port in order to access files on there. If you don't have a USB port, you can't do it. 

    Your best option is to connect your computer to the TV instead, and use it to play your media. 

  10. Mike
    July 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Most Bravia models do have an USB Port so you could connect the Hard Disk to it this way ~ if it's a "raw" drive for internal use you can buy some cheap external case with a USB connector.

    If your Bravia does have network connectivity you should be able to stream to it using UPnP/DLNA ~ this could be done e.g. via Windows Media Player and should be explained within the manual of the TV.Other then that you will need some sort of Media Center in between where you connect the Hard Drive to. Preferably this Media Center device/system should have an HDMI output for best quality results but S-Video/Component will work too.

    • Brian
      July 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

      I'm interested in this question, I have a Bravia also with HDMI ports but no USB, it's only the newer models that have USB.
      Even if I connect my laptop via HDMI I can't get sound from a video although I used the same setup staying at a hotel and it worked perfectly.

      • Mike
        July 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

        For sound it depends on the type of cable used and whether both laptop and TV support the HDMI standard.

        With HDMI 1.1 only DVD-Audio can be transmitted via the HDMI cable. For other audio codecs you will need at least HDMI 1.3 support and cables.

        As for a Media Center use the MUO search and you will find a lot of stuff about it which will answer a lot of questions. 
        For example you can setup an entire computer as a media center, buy a media center box (e.g. Popcorn Hour) or a simple external Hard Drive which is media enabled (multimedia drives).

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