Why won’t my TV connect to my external hard drive?

Eric Vossen January 30, 2013

I have a new Samsung Plasma that will open a pen drive automatically, but when I connect my Toshiba 1.5TV external hard drive, my TV won’t read my remote or recognize that the hard drive is connected.

  1. Shane
    May 27, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I have son Bravia 3d and I connected a medion 1tb via USB it worked then I formatted it and now it doese not. flash cards are fine .

  2. ian barratt
    February 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I have a Sony Bravia 3d TV, what I want to know is can I connect a portable hard drive to it and record TV programs onto it?

  3. Alex Perkins
    February 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    The Hard Drive probably requires more power then the TV can provide, you could try getting a powered USB hub, plugging it into the TV, plugging the power in into the wall and then the HDD into the hub.

  4. Jagbir Sembhi
    February 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    it probably your TV doesn't support hard drives and most TV's only support flash drive so if you have SSD you can try that.

  5. Dimal Chandrasiri
    February 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I think your TV recognize specific formats! check what the format it supports like FAT or NTFS.. then change your HDD to the compatible file system!

  6. muotechguy
    January 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Copy the files off the drive, and repartition it into smaller sections. Format them fat32, copy your files back on, et voila.

  7. brenobs
    January 31, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    maybe there is a software incompatibility. Look online if there are successful connections between your TV and you hd. if not, there's nothing to do

  8. ha14
    January 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

    check Samsung Plasma starting guide perhaps will list hard drives compatible with he system and how to plug it.

  9. Junil Maharjan
    January 31, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Many of these TVs only accept FAT and do not accept NTFS drives. Your hard drive must be NTFS since its 1.5 TB. It may also be because of the partition itself.

  10. Aska Nag
    January 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    1. For the hard drive you need additional power supply.
    2. The interface of a drive is not USB 3.0? May be this is the problem, because of incompatibility. In the TV likely USB 2.0.

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