Nice idea … i’m gonna try it with my next purchase of DVD player (with USB) …
[quote=sallam;1772375]Thanks so much guys for giving me your thoughts and good help.
I’m happy to report that I’ve finally managed to make it work, thank you all so much.
reasonsnotrules, my dvd player is ‘G.Star’, model: DIVX-555, its made in China, and its dead cheap (about $50).
Since the day I bought it, I was trying to plugin a hdd in its usb slot. It turned out that a cooling fan that I was attaching to the hdd was having 2 loose wires. Once I removed the fan, and powered the hdd alone, it worked fine.
I’m not even using a usb drive, I’m actually using a standard desktop hdd. I bought a cheap $5 usb adaptor, which turns any normal hdd into an external usb drive. It comes with its own power supply for the drive, and it comes with double data plug to connect to either a desktop or laptop.
You’re right, formatting the drive in fat32 is needed. My drive is 120gb. I saved 50 movies in it, and they work like a charm. 120gb can take more than 150 700mb movies hands down! I even noticed that the time the player takes to start a movie or move to the next/backword movie is faster now than the time it used to takes with dvd media.
Its a fantastic idea to have a movie jukebox using an old hdd. It saves you the time and cost of burning dvds all the time. And its very convenient for lazy people like me, not having to go pop in dvds all the time. Its also better for the kids who now can browse all their favorite movies without touching any dvds. I sort movies in folders for easier browsing.
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