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Windows 7: hard drives 3 and 4tb

02 Aug 2013   #11
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by muffin1962 View Post
thank you for your reply would this help my problem
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A Western Digital Live media player would be one piece to the puzzle. It would work provided you set up your system to use it. I use a WD Live in my entertainment system.

The WD Live works by accessing your media over your home network (LAN), it can connect to your router wirelessly, but for video files it is better to use a wired Ethernet connection. But it will work either way.

Once connected to the network the WD Live will be able to access and play any file on any device that is also connected to the network. This includes PCs, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and any hard drives connected to the router (some routers, but not all, have USB ports). The WD Live has USB ports also. This is why I asked if these hard drives are external drives.

None of this changes any of the advice given to you regarding the hard drive formatting. Jimbo45 has given some excellent options also. Formatting the drives GPT is an excellent choice. That will give you the Advanced Format which is best for video files.

Whether the WD LIve will recognize a GPT disk if it were plugged into it's USB port is not known to me. That piece of the puzzle will require some research (if that is what you want to do).

But if the GPT external drives are plugged into a PC that is on the same network as the WD Live then it will work fine.


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02 Aug 2013   #12
muffin1962

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
For 3 and 4TB drives you need to CONVERT them to GPT (not MBR) drives if you want to use the full size partitions. (You could SPLIT the drives into smaller partitions but that IMO goes against the whole purpose of larger drives for multi media folders etc).

Max size of an MBR partition is around 2 - 2.2 TB. If you format them as old MBR drives (classical method) you won't be able to use the whole drives.

Convert GPT to MBR - Windows 8 - Windows 8

(Method shown is for W8 but is the same for W7).

BTW you can create very large partitions by SPANNING disks -- create DYNAMIC volume from Disk management and then click against the disks you want to be "Spanned".

Windows will then treat those multiple volumes as "SINGLE disks" -- useful if you have several small drives but want to create say a 6TB multi media folder -- a lot of the music / video cataloguing type stuff only works normally with a folder up to the available space on the disk -- using spanning gets round this restriction -- but if you DO use spanning adjust you backup strategy to backup by FOLDERS as windows controls where the data is physically located on the spanned volume set.

Cheers
jimbo
thank you for your reply i have no idea how to do any of this what you have advised our there any tuts about for me to check out thanks
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02 Aug 2013   #13
muffin1962

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by muffin1962 View Post
thank you for your reply would this help my problem
Code:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330
A Western Digital Live media player would be one piece to the puzzle. It would work provided you set up your system to use it. I use a WD Live in my entertainment system.

The WD Live works by accessing your media over your home network (LAN), it can connect to your router wirelessly, but for video files it is better to use a wired Ethernet connection. But it will work either way.

Once connected to the network the WD Live will be able to access and play any file on any device that is also connected to the network. This includes PCs, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and any hard drives connected to the router (some routers, but not all, have USB ports). The WD Live has USB ports also. This is why I asked if these hard drives are external drives.

None of this changes any of the advice given to you regarding the hard drive formatting. Jimbo45 has given some excellent options also. Formatting the drives GPT is an excellent choice. That will give you the Advanced Format which is best for video files.

Whether the WD LIve will recognize a GPT disk if it were plugged into it's USB port is not known to me. That piece of the puzzle will require some research (if that is what you want to do).

But if the GPT external drives are plugged into a PC that is on the same network as the WD Live then it will work fine.
thank you for your reply the hard drives are external and not with network , as for gpt etc i dont really know what this is or about what jimbo has advised thanks
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02 Aug 2013   #14
TVeblen

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That's understandable. Let's try and walk through it one thing at a time.

Please answer these questions:
  1. Do you have a Router?
  2. Do you have a separate router and modem? (Or is it a combo router/modem)
  3. Do you connect to the internet wirelessly, or through a network cable?
  4. How many computers and other devices do you have connected through the router?
  5. Does your TV stand alone, or is it connected to a Home Theater Receiver and speakers?
  6. Does your TV and/or Receiver have a wired or wireless network connection?
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02 Aug 2013   #15
muffin1962

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
That's understandable. Let's try and walk through it one thing at a time.

Please answer these questions:
  1. Do you have a Router?
  2. Do you have a separate router and modem? (Or is it a combo router/modem)
  3. Do you connect to the internet wirelessly, or through a network cable?
  4. How many computers and other devices do you have connected through the router?
  5. Does your TV stand alone, or is it connected to a Home Theater Receiver and speakers?
  6. Does your TV and/or Receiver have a wired or wireless network connection?
thank you for your reply and trying to help me i will try and answer your questions
1. we have a router , orange brightbox
3. we connect to the internet by network cable , but can go wireless through laptop
4. we have 2 computers through the router , but we have a laptop and will console that are used wireless
5. the tv is stand alone
6. the tv has a wireless connection
7. broad band speed is around 3 to 4 mbs is this fast enough for Western Digital Live media player

thanks
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02 Aug 2013   #16
TVeblen

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Thanks for the info! I've got a good picture now.

So here is what you could do immediately to start:

Backup your data that is on the external hard drives - it will probably all be deleted in the transition.
Then, Format the large drives GPT and NTFS (see instructions below)
Connect the drives to one of the wired PCs.
Copy back your data.
Now, see if you can access the files through the TVs DLNA feature (Viera Tools). Check the Viera manual for instructions on how to set this up.
See if that works for you.

Or
You can use the WD TV Live. It's a bit easier to set up than DLNA, but it is an extra piece of equipment you have to buy.
You will still use the same setup as above, the WD TV Live will connect wirelessly (once you set it up) to the files and folders you tell it to. You just direct it to the external drives on the network.

A wireless G router (54 Mbits per second) may be too slow for video. A wireless N router (300 Mbits per second or faster) will do fine, I think. You will need to test to see.

To change the external drives from MBR drives with FAT32 - to GPT drives with NTFS lets try this first:
Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk
Let's see if that works first. If you have problems, post back. We might have to try something more complicated. (Or easier - your choice)

Don't do anything with your drives until you have backed up your files!
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03 Aug 2013   #17
muffin1962

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thank you for your reply and all your help , what we done was to buy a WD TV Live we set this box up , plug in the hard drive with all movies on all though the drive is formatted to fat32 it worked it even saw the movies that did not work before, but we do have some problem with the WD TV Live box , we cannot seem to find where to change the time and there seems to be a update for the firnware should we update the WD TV Live box thank you
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03 Aug 2013   #18
TVeblen

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Yes, keep the firmware up to date. It takes about 20 minutes. Do not do anything else while this is going on, especially when the screen goes black.

I've found the WD TV Live to be sometimes quirky in setup and functions, but amazing in playing just about anything you throw at it. Glad to hear it is working out for you and your system.

You normally set the time in the "First Time Setup" process, but you can also do it in the Settings (Setup?) Section, > System > Time & Country.
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03 Aug 2013   #19
muffin1962

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thank you for your reply would it still be advisable to change the drive to gpt ntfs as it is working now thanks
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03 Aug 2013   #20
TVeblen

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I always say "it ain't broke, don't fix it"!

If you find you are having a problem then just post back here. This thread will revive anytime down the line. Be glad to help!
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