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I have been putting my entire dvd collection on my computer so I can stream it to my internet connected tv. I was trying to think of other ways to get the data to my tv without having to stream it, b/c my computer has to run the entire time I watch a movie or the movie will cut off. I was thinking of buying an external hard drive, about 2tb, and loading everything on it. Then I could just plug it into my tv's usb port, and then the HDD would only run when I access it. I have a Samsung UN55D6900 tv with wireless, networking, and usb 2.0. Would this work or is there some pitfall I am not seeing? Or is there a better option I do not know about?
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depends on the tv really, 9/10 times it won't. you're better off getting a media player like a wdtv or patriot box office to play media off of a hdd or stream via network. the patriot and wdtv live are both about $80, patriot has a $25 rebate right now at newegg, making it a very cheap solution. you can also put a 2.5" hdd inside the patriot reducing the footprint and cable mess, but you limit your storage space.
 
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I can stream it already via my wireless network. Everything streams fine no choppiness. My tv has a build in media hub. It's just that I have to keep my computer running as it streams from my computer hdd to the tv. I dont like to just keep it running for hours while im watching a movie
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Do you have an existing USB hard drive or flash drive (both standard USB Mass Storage devices which the TV should support)? Try putting a movie on that, then plugging it in. If this works, chances are the bigger drive will work, though you _might_ run into issues if you go too big.

If that fails, dig up an old laptop or desktop and set it up as a home server. Plug the 2 TB drive into that. You can keep that running constantly (and automatically sleeping when not needed), without keeping your desktop powered on.

If you don't have anything to build a simple NAS box or mini server, you can buy one... they sell network-enabled hard drive enclosures and USB-enabled routers for that purpose.
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If it is like my Samsung TV you just need to plug it in the USB port that's labeled for HDDs and make sure the video is in a supported file container, video codec and audio codec. Not too sure if it supports 2TB, if you already have it on hand then go ahead and plug it in to see if it works

I skimmed over the user manual for your TV and it looks like it does. Just go to the smart hub and to the videos section
Edited by Pineappleman - 6/27/11 at 6:43pm
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post #6 of 11
If your TV is USB 2.0 comp. then most likely it will work. That is partially why they are there.
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yeah,i agree.
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I did not think of trying it lol. Should have been my first thought. I am going to try it once I get my living room back together. I had some last min painters show up to paint my house. I cramed everything into one room in one day. Good idea though.
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*Update: It worked like a charm. I loaded a few movies onto a small external hard drive and plugged it into the back of my tv. All of the movies worked fine with no problems. I even noticed the one of the 3 usbs on the back of the tv is labeled (HDD) lol guess I should have looked first. Thanks for all the help. I can't wait to get a bigger external and load it up now.
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post #10 of 11
A 2TB will definitely work. My parents have a Samsung LED TV and you can plug your external directly to it. Although, the TV will not play certain audio codecs (not sure which ones). I have never had a problem with video codecs, but without audio, video is useless anyways...
    
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