Solved samsung tv won't read memory stick

August 3, 2013 at 09:07:15
Specs: Macintosh
my friends hard drive works on my tv but a memory stick i bought does not, what could be the difference between the two devices?

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August 7, 2013 at 11:33:26
MAC OS Extended will not work for what you need. Set partition type to MBR (or MS DOS) and then the format to FAT in the disk utility.

Or from within Windows (as stuart mentioned):
Open the Control Panel,
Select Administrative Tools, then go to Computer Management,
Select Disk Management
Right click on the partition for that DISK, and delete volume (if there is a volume, if its all unallocated space, skip this step).
Right click unallocated space on DISK X that is USB drive and select Format,
Choose FAT32.
Confirm with OK.

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#1
August 3, 2013 at 09:20:38
The difference is that one works and one doesn't.

Is the memory stick formatted?

Does it work when plugged into a computer?

Is they anything on the memory stick?

Stuart


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#2
August 3, 2013 at 09:26:42
True! there are files on the stick yes, yes my mac reads the stick, and formatting i don't know about.

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#3
August 3, 2013 at 10:05:08
Formatting is setting up the device with a file system. All computer storage devices have to be formatted before they can be used.

The stick maybe formatted for a MAC which the TV cant read and is expecting a Windows format, FAT32 or NTFS.

Stuart


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#4
August 3, 2013 at 17:57:46
the hard drive must have a file system that both the mac and tv use, how would you find out what file system is formatted on the hard drive? thanks.

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#5
August 3, 2013 at 18:01:09
Plug the hard drive into a computer and you can look and see what file system it is using or ask the owner of the hard drive. My Samsung TV is quite happy with an NTFS formatted hard drive.

You cannot do anything unless it is plugged into something.

Stuart

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#6
August 4, 2013 at 00:45:45
Many consumer devices are more fussy with particular USB sticks than others. I have, for example, a 32GB stick that works fine in my PCs and Mac but won't work in my Hyundai car or Panasonic PVR. Same goes for SD cards.

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#7
August 4, 2013 at 04:20:23
verbatim HD is the manufacturer of my friends hard drive, verbatim have a file on the drive that includes software and user manual ect, the stick i bought is blank, i have tried to drag the file onto my stick but no joy. Are there similar user files on the web that i should install? thanks for the interest.

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#8
August 4, 2013 at 05:38:07
Earlier you said there are files on the stick now you are saying it is blank.

What are you plugged into to do this dragging of files?

What error messages do you get when you try?

What is the software and manual for? Not for the memory stick a they don't need them.

Stuart


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#9
August 4, 2013 at 09:25:27
Beyond what is mentioned above, what is the model of the TV? Need to determine what file systems / sizes the TV can accept. Then format the usb flash drive to that format, put your data on it, and move forward.
More than likely your USB flash drive needs to be FAT32 or higher, you can check the format of your USB flash drive on your MAC (I think you mentioned your using a MAC earlier) via your Disk Utility app just to determine what it is formatted as now.

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#10
August 4, 2013 at 12:27:54
stuart the files on the stick have been removed they where just films, i was using my mac to drag files, there isn't an error message the file simply wont move into the stick, the software file has the hard drives manufacturers logo as the icon.

jpag3074 i found something on the internet before reading your post (thanks) the stick is now formatted to the following: Mac OS Extended (Journaled). how would i change it to FAT32 or higher?

Thank you both for the help.



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#11
August 4, 2013 at 12:36:20
You need to put the memory stick into a USB port on a PC running Windows and format it there.

Stuart


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#12
August 4, 2013 at 14:24:17
I as well, would recommend utilizing Windows to format this properly.. But in case you dont have access to a PC you can do that within Disk Utility as well, as long as you make sure the USB flash drive partition is set to Master Boot Record, instead of anything apple-based. Then format it FAT instead of Mac OS Extended..

Can probably also find an application out there that will format it for you as well.

GL!

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#13
August 6, 2013 at 14:28:32
thanks for help guys, this problem has annoyingly beaten me for now, this isn't the first time owning a mac has made things difficult. a friend is taking a look, he runs windows, i will post the final solution asap, but I'm sure the answer has been mentioned. Thanks

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#14
August 7, 2013 at 09:47:53
i think all the free space, the whole 64GB has been deleted from this stick. i changed the format to Mac OS Extended (Journaled), the stats tell me that the stick has capacity of 64GB, but that there is nothing available, and the laptop no longer reads the stick. My friends who tried to solve this say they couldn't do anything with it. Im in a real mess any help would be great!

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#15
August 7, 2013 at 10:13:22
If you have access to a PC put it in that. Go to Disk Management and look at it there. if it says Unallocated Space you need to re-create the partition. Then format it to FAT32.

It might be a good idea to delete whatever partition is there and start again from scratch.

I am not familiar with a Mac so I cant tell you anything about that.

Stuart


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#16
August 7, 2013 at 11:33:26
✔ Best Answer
MAC OS Extended will not work for what you need. Set partition type to MBR (or MS DOS) and then the format to FAT in the disk utility.

Or from within Windows (as stuart mentioned):
Open the Control Panel,
Select Administrative Tools, then go to Computer Management,
Select Disk Management
Right click on the partition for that DISK, and delete volume (if there is a volume, if its all unallocated space, skip this step).
Right click unallocated space on DISK X that is USB drive and select Format,
Choose FAT32.
Confirm with OK.

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#17
August 8, 2013 at 15:00:13
Thanks guys I will try to get access to windows

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