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Old 08-06-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default Blu-ray player that supports high capacity external hard drive.

Can anyone help? I am looking for a Blu-ray player that I can plug my external 2tb hard drive into and play movies from that also that is budget friendly. I am in the process of transfering my dvd/blu-ray collection into digital. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Old 08-06-2018, 08:19 PM   #2
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Many modern Blu-ray players like the OPPO UDP-203 well allow one to connect up to a external 16TB hard drive using a USB 3.0 connection as long as the hard drive is formatted as exFAT or NTFS. I verified 10TB worked on the latest OPPO players. In theory Sony should also work up to 16TB but I have not tested that size on a Sony.
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You'd be better off with a mini PC or media box. Whilst some players will recognize the drives, you might not get all your media to actually play, especially if you want to keep lossless audio.
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:48 PM   #4
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HDTV1080P, I think you forgot about Budget friendly as I can not afford a $1,000.00 machine. Chip75 what kind if mini pc are you talking about?

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The HiMedia Q5 Pro will fit your needs.

http://www.himediatech.com/q5pro.html

You can also go with the Q10 Pro, which has an internal HDD space that you can load up with any 3.5-inch SATA drive.

http://www.himediatech.com/q10pro.html
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HDTV1080P, I think you forgot about Budget friendly as I can not afford a $1,000.00 machine. Chip75 what kind if mini pc are you talking about?

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There are literally hundreds to choose from. The little Android media players are cheaper, but some run into compatibility issues.
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HiMedia players run the latest and greatest, if you install the updates, but the media player software itself is pretty low-end on Android because the regular playback is designed around Internet media and not rips, which are considered to be exotic files. That's why everyone uses KODI and why it comes pre-installed on most Android players. The chipsets used in many of the boxes are the same ones used in TVs, service boxes, and disc players, so the compatibility is there, it's just the software that is the real issue. Right now HDR works on the closed media player boxes used for IPTV services and TVs that run Android, but it's still iffy on the unlocked Android media boxes.
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I forgot to mention that I live in Canada. I would need something that works up here.
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HDTV1080P, I think you forgot about Budget friendly as I can not afford a $1,000.00 machine. Chip75 what kind if mini pc are you talking about?

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I did not mention prices but just giving you the information that you can use up to 16TB hard drives with Blu-ray players. Personally I use a high-end 2TB 7,200 RPM hard drive placed in a USB 3.1 hard drive enclosure for around $105 (Use it for BD-LIVE storage). A Sony Blu-ray player costs around $50. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players from Sanyo start at around $99.99 from Walmart. Most Blu-ray players with a USB port well work with a external USB hard drive enclosure as long as the enclosure has its own power supply.


I hope you find what you are looking for. Sometimes the hard drive can cost more then the Blu-ray player itself. Some people get a 64GB USB flash drive to save money instead of a 2TB hard drive.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:35 AM   #10
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So the hard drive needs to have its own power supply?
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So the hard drive needs to have its own power supply?

Some Blu-ray players do not have USB jacks that offer enough power. They all offer enough power for USB flash drives, but certain high performance hard drives require their own power supply. It really depends on the Blu-ray player and hard drive you are trying to use. If you want to be safe and have 100% compatibility with all Blu-ray players, get a external hard drive enclosure that requires its own power supply (costs more but works on 100% of Blu-ray players that have a USB jack met for BD-LIVE, etc).
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Can anyone help? I am looking for a Blu-ray player that I can plug my external 2tb hard drive into and play movies from that also that is budget friendly. I am in the process of transfering my dvd/blu-ray collection into digital. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Do you need Dolby Vision from your BR player?
The Sony X800 doesn't have it, but it plays Blu-ray discs and it has a front USB port....plug a 2TB external hard drive there, without power supply.

The Sony X800 on sale was $149. It's expensive because it plays 4K, 3D, SACD, DVD Video and Audio, Blu-ray Video and Audio, audio files...tons of them, and it has streaming apps...the main important ones.

A 2TB external hard drive nowadays on sale is $49.

I know, $200 total is a lot of money today, do you have a budget that is a lot less, like $20?
You can find BR players for that price, and sporting a USB port.
You have to try your 2TB hard drive to see if the player has enough juice to navigate with comfort. 500mA to 1000mA USB rating can take care of many hard drives below 2TB.

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Yes I am on a budget. I have a 2Tb external hard drive already. That is odd about Sonny as i called them and the Techperson said their players only go up to 32Mb. Nothing more. Could I get a powered usb hub and use that?

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Can someone name a player for under $100.00 cdn that will support a 2tb or higher external hard drive?
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Can someone name a player for under $100.00 cdn that will support a 2tb or higher external hard drive?
I'm sure my budget Sony supports 2GB drives. I will try it later and get back to you.

It's worth noting that whilst the drives may be supported, some players struggle with larger files whether the drive is powered or not. All my Samsung players play large files but crash after 10-15 minutes.
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I look forward to your post about your players.

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I tried a 1GB and 2GB USB 3.0 drives and they worked fine, but my 3GB powered drive wasn't recognized.

I think the simplest thing to do is find a player you like then check out the Amazon comments to see if they support larger drives or ask on this forum.
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Do you mean GB or TB?
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Do you mean GB or TB?
Yes, sorry. I meant TB. I tried a 1TB, 2TB and powered 3TB powered drive (the latter wasn't recognized).
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Some older Blu-ray players require FAT32 and well only work with up to 2TB hard drives. The newer Blu-ray players in the last few years should work up to 16TB sizes if they support exFAT and NTFS file formats with GPT partition.


Its going to vary between different brands since the operating system also needs to support large hard drives including GPT partition that is used on 3TB and larger hard drives.


For most people the ability to play optical discs with high quality video and audio is the most important feature in a Blu-ray player. Connecting a external hard drive is second on the list.


All or most Smart TV's have at least one USB jack that allows consumers to play files from a external hard drive connected by USB. And sometimes the operating system on Smart TV's offer more support and reliability when compared to older Blu-ray players. However if one has a 10+ year old TV it well most likely not support external hard drives and buying a $50+ Blu-ray player might be the cheapest option.

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