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Need help with External HDD Movies and 4K VIZIO TV

I just got a Vizio D Series 4K 55inch.
I also got a 4TB WD External HDD.

(I'd love to watch that 80GB Lord of the Rings MKV file I downloaded)
(Hey, maybe I can connect the USB into the TVs usb port? NOPE)


I now realize that these 2 don't work together the way I had hoped.
The TV has a media player app build into it, but my harddrive doesn't show up of course.
Of course its not compatible lol.

So Im on amazon looking for a solution.
I found these.
http://www.amazon.com/Linkcool-MX3-MXIII-Android-Superfast/dp/B016LXJ7HQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1456216723&sr=8-8&keywords=media+player+for+tv

But will that work is my question?
Which media box should I get for my situation?

I like that these media boxes support mkv,mp4... etc
I will go and buy one after I get a good encouraging response here!
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  1. Have you tried to make the HDD work with your TV? Could be some basic issue. External HDD should work with your TV.
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  2. ashik1983 said:
    Have you tried to make the HDD work with your TV? Could be some basic issue. External HDD should work with your TV.


    Yeah but its just not showing my Hard Drive on the TVs media player. Could be because my HDD is too large or maybe the usb port on my TV just doesn't play movie files. Could just be to charge phones or something.
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  3. I am counting your HDD is a NTFS format one so it should work unless your TV will only detect FAT format. After you connect you HDD, do you feel the drive being powered up? like when you touch you should feel it working.

    I hope you have gone through your TV manual to check if it supports HDD and if yes, then what are its limitations etc.
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    To support 4TB i presume it is formated in GPT, unfornutely some sets doesnt recognize a GPT disk, my advice buy any 2TB external hdd and format it in mbr and it should work without any problems. Same thing happens in ym house, we got 2 samsung 1080p 50" TVs and one of them supports my gpt hdd the other one it doesnt, it took me a while to figure it out but the solutions was to format my hdd (1TB) in mbr and not in gpt how it was initially.
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  5. ashik1983 said:
    I am counting your HDD is a NTFS format one so it should work unless your TV will only detect FAT format. After you connect you HDD, do you feel the drive being powered up? like when you touch you should feel it working.

    I hope you have gone through your TV manual to check if it supports HDD and if yes, then what are its limitations etc.


    All TVs in today knows about NTFS the problem is with the master boot table to be in mbr and not in gpt, but for him it is useless the mbr format because it is a 4tb hdd and mbr doesnt support more the 2tb, if it formats the hdd in mbr will lose 2TB, the hdd will be seen only as a 2TB drive
    Reply to Dragos Manea
  6. ashik1983 said:
    Have you tried to make the HDD work with your TV? Could be some basic issue. External HDD should work with your TV.


    Anonymous said:
    To support 4TB i presume it is formated in GPT, unfornutely some sets doesnt recognize a GPT disk, my advice buy any 2TB external hdd and format it in mbr and it should work without any problems. Same thing happens in ym house, we got 2 samsung 1080p 50" TVs and one of them supports my gpt hdd the other one it doesnt, it took me a while to figure it out but the solutions was to format my hdd (1TB) in mbr and not in gpt how it was initially.


    Your right!
    I converted my drive to MBR and now it works perfectly on my tv.
    I lost 2TB of space... but i'm happy I guess 2TB is the golden size for TVs.

    MKV, MP4 both working flawlessly. One of my files audio was unsupported 'DTS' only issue now :)
    Reply to Jeradwtf
  7. This is not about the size, is about the file table, some TVs dont know about GPT, i told in my house we have 2 samsungs, one knows and sees my GPT HDD the other one it doesnt, it only knows about mbr now to see from where it comes this limitation of 2TB on MBR do a quick google about MBR vs GPT. Honestly a 2TB loss is a bit too much, in your place i would buy any 2tb externat hdd and make it specially for that (more then 2TB doesnt make sense because you wont be able to use more then 2tb on mbr). There are some nice offers from WD mypassport(in my country Romania this 2TB is about 100 euros) or samsung m3(2TB of this model is about 70 euros) drives.

    EDIT: samsung 2tb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA81T3NW2513&cm_re=samsung_m3-_-9SIA81T3NW2513-_-Product

    samsung 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1K62VY7689&cm_re=samsung_m3-_-9SIA1K62VY7689-_-Product

    WD 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4P03HJ4076&cm_re=wd_mypassport-_-22-236-890-_-Product


    WD 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236896&cm_re=wd_mypassport-_-22-236-896-_-Product
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  8. Jeradwtf said:
    ashik1983 said:
    Have you tried to make the HDD work with your TV? Could be some basic issue. External HDD should work with your TV.


    Anonymous said:
    To support 4TB i presume it is formated in GPT, unfornutely some sets doesnt recognize a GPT disk, my advice buy any 2TB external hdd and format it in mbr and it should work without any problems. Same thing happens in ym house, we got 2 samsung 1080p 50" TVs and one of them supports my gpt hdd the other one it doesnt, it took me a while to figure it out but the solutions was to format my hdd (1TB) in mbr and not in gpt how it was initially.


    Your right!
    I converted my drive to MBR and now it works perfectly on my tv.
    I lost 2TB of space... but i'm happy I guess 2TB is the golden size for TVs.

    MKV, MP4 both working flawlessly. One of my files audio was unsupported 'DTS' only issue now :)



    This is a long shot but I'm also having an issue with this. I have the d65u-d2 model which I assume is fairly similar... What format is your HDD? NTFS? Not exactly sure what MBR means. I believe I did that to a drive and with it being NTFS, haven't tested it just yet but was wondering if you could elaborate on what you did...
    Reply to Skursky
  9. First step would be to search on google what gpt and mbr means, second step is to download any free hdd manager like easyuse partition or minitoos partition and you will have a lot more option compared to windows tool.
    Reply to Dragos Manea
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