WD Elements to DVD Player with USB

Wd Elements hard drive - 320gb - externa...
July 29, 2010 at 04:18:58
Specs: Windows Vista
I recently bought new WD Elements 320GB as an addition to my WD Passport Essential 500GB. However, I am surprised to see that my new WD Elements failed to be recognised by my DVD Player when I connect it through the USB dock. The weird thing is, my WD Passport Essential could be recognised and I have been playing movies and songs directly from WD Passport through DVD Player without problems at all. I thought by buying the same brand I should be able to play WD Elements on the same DVD Player as well.

Could anyone explain this situation? I have been searching online for ages to understand about the exact specifications I should be looking for to ensure external hard drives could be recognised by the DVD Player. I guess I was very lucky to buy WD Passport Essential the first time!

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July 29, 2010 at 05:39:24
Using USB powered hard drives is dodgy at best. Connecting them to a hub is straining the capabilities of the USB port the dock is connected to. Try connecting the second drive to a different USB port. Preferably one that is connected to a different USB controller (not side by side).

For best performance and compatibility buy AC powered USB external drives.

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August 21, 2010 at 09:45:43
@ummi_89 WE have the same problem my man... i also dont know how and what to do. my HDD also doesnt recognize the device...did you found out the answer?...i read your comment posted july, i expect you know HOW now?... maybe you can help me also?...tnx
PM me pls...
bjorn_barn@yahoo.com.. tnx man

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August 21, 2010 at 10:12:21
"....my new WD Elements failed to be recognised by my DVD Player when I connect it through the USB dock...."

You may need to connect it directly to a USB port that's built into the laptop.

USB ports in docks and external USB hubs are well known to NOT work properly with all USB devices.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:

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December 9, 2010 at 17:41:14
I have the 1tb of the same drive and I solved the problem. the reason you have the problem is because of the format the drive is shipped in. The format is NFTS it needs to be FAT32 any way the issue is getting a formatter that can handle larger sizes. The windows one will start but like tell you its to big once it gets to the end. I found a free one that fixed everything for me. its called Fat32Formatter.
for the TB it took about 9 hours but it was well worth it as it was useless if I couldn't play my films on my Philips DVD player. I hope this helps!!!

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December 10, 2010 at 07:11:01
Windows 2000 and up will recognize the partitions and the data on the drive as long as it's software partitioned using a type of software partitioning Windows recognizes - FAT (for partitions 2.x gb and smaller), or FAT32, or NTFS.
Windows ME and below cannot recognize the NTFS software partitioning type, so cannot recognize the data on a NTFS partition.

If Windows was recognizing the drive, if it was Win 2000 and up you had problems with seeing the data on NTFS partition(s), then the NTFS software partitioning data or the data on the NTFS partition was damaged, probably by you not not clicking the Safely Remove Hardware icon and STOP ing accessing the drive when you unplugged it's USB connection while Windows was still running.
Usually that problem can be fixed by using certain programs.
OR - if Windows was NOT recognizing the drive at all, you probably had some other problem related to the USB port connection not being able to get enough current from the USB port it was plugged into.

See the info at the link in response 3.

Microsoft doesn't allow you to use the FAT32 software partitioning type for partitions larger than exactly 32gb = 32,768mb because they consider it more wasteful of drive space than NTFS software partitioning, but you can use third party programs, as you found out, to make FAT32 partitions larger than 32gb no problem.
The NTFS software partitioning version used in 2000 and up uses 4kb allocation units for it's data regardless of the size of the drive or drive partition. The FAT32 software partitioning uses various sizes of allocation units starting at 4kb depending on the size of the drive or drive partition, but starting at exactly 32gb, it uses 32kb allocation units for all data on drives or drive partitions that size or larger.
A file uses at least one allocation unit on the partition - whatever data is not being used in the allocation unit, or in the last allocation unit, by the file cannot be used for any other data and is termed slack space - it's wasted space. If a FAT32 partition has mostly huge files on it, there isn't much if any difference regarding the slack space percentage of data on the drive, and it is NOT significantly more wasteful of drive space than a NTFS partition.
However, a FAT32 partition has one limitation than may cause you problems - no one file can be larger than 4gb. There are some huge files, such as movie files, that may be larger than that.

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