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Old 02-15-2012, 11:20 AM   #1  
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Default EXternal Hard Drive on Panasonic TV

I am not sure if this is the place to ask. I have a Panasonic TC-P4230 and would like to run a Seagate 3TB hardrive using the usb ports on the TV is this possible? I would like to transfer my movie collection to the hard drive. I am sure that a HTPC would be the way to do this but the cost is prohibitive at this time.

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I doubt it. What does your manual say about it?
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How are you going to transfer the movie collection to the hard drive? The TV won't do that for sure. Now assuming you get the movies loaded on the hard drive it will depend on whether the TV has a full featured media player built in as to whether the TV will play the movies. Some TVs have media players that will play some file types but not others.

What you should consider is the use of a media player attached to your TV with a hard drive attached to it. I'd suggest this:
Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - WDBHG70000NBK-HESN by Western Digital That will allow you to use the wireless or LAN to load the hard drive.
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Thanks for the replys. Well I am pretty new to this and still trying to sort out exactly what I am looking for. I guess it would be to move my DVD collection to a hard drive and in the future back up my new DVDs to hard drive that I can do. It is just a matter of getting them to play on the TV with some type of Media Player. The Panasonic has a very limited Media Player it shows only folders, file names ect. Would you know if the Wester Digital would work more like Windows Media Center? Thanks again for the reply at least now you have got me thinking thats a start.

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The WD Live is very similar to the Windows Media Player. I actually find it to be a bit easier to use myself. With an internet connection there is a bunch of internet media available as well like netflix. It won't rip your DVDs to your hard drive though. For that you need a computer.
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Although the WD Live is a nice player, the lack of BD menu support can be a deal breaker for some (myself included).

For me, the Dune media players are much better, albeit much more expensive.
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I got the impression that he was trying to get the least expensive solution possible. To handle BD rips he would need a PC that could be used as a HTPC which he said he couldn't afford. So I doubt BD menus are necessary for him, but maybe he will get back to us on that.
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The Seagate Freeagent players will play DVD rips and iso files. You can find them fairly cheap. Problem is hard drives aren't cheap right now.
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I got the impression that he was trying to get the least expensive solution possible. To handle BD rips he would need a PC that could be used as a HTPC which he said he couldn't afford. So I doubt BD menus are necessary for him, but maybe he will get back to us on that.
I rip using my trusty old Dell e1705 - can't play BD without serious stuttering, but rips just fine. But, you're right - without more information we have no idea what he has on the computer right now, so it's just guess work until he returns.
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Sorry it took a while to get back I have been doing some research on what I want to do. I have a collection of backup copies made with AnyDvd and DVD Clone when trying to copy the backups to my hard disk I am getting all kinds of read errors. I went to the DVD Clone forum and was told that writing copies to to hard disk was a crap shoot. If the copies were burned on cheap media or faster than 4X I might run into this problem and it seems to be true all the copies I have tried to send to my harddisk or convert from my reader end up with read errors but seem to play ok in my DVD stand alone player. There was an explaintion on how the disk is burned and why this happens. It was suggested that I save a copy of the Video files befor burning to protect my collection 600-700 files. This would require massive storage in my opinon so I think I will leave the collection on the DVDs for now. As for the future I would like to eliminate using hard copies and put everthing on disc, Standard and Bluray. I have been looking a devices for storage and playback to my Panasonic P42s30 TV there seem to be a lot of choices. One that looked very interesting to me was the Extreamer products I know I wanted to keep the cost down but realize that to this in a way that I am satisfied with I am going to have to spend some bucks. The more I research the more confusing it sees to get. Currently I am using a Roku and really like the Netflix interface. I have noticed that the Netflix interface on my TV and my Panasonic HT B-TT268 aren't as good. I better stop here because I am going off in another direction. Thanks again for the replys any current info on that Extreamer or any ideas would sure help.

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If you have DVDs now that will play in a DVD player then you could use VideoReDo, or something similar, to build a single file for playback on a media player. I find single files are a lot easier to deal with than the multiple VOD files the DVD format uses. I personally don't want all of the extras on the source DVD because of the space required for storage.
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You might want to try AVS4you Video Converter. It'll read your DVD and convert to just about any format you want. You can do a trial and if you buy they have a wealth of video, audio and even utilities that are all included in the subscription. Very flexible and works great. If you decide to buy, search for discounts or coupons online and it's really a great price (about $40 for a lifetime subscription).
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