Format USB to what?

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  1. jordan.1 macrumors newbie

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    I have just brought a new samsung smart tv. (the 6800)

    I only own a mac and not a PC and have a problem as i have large movie files i want to put on my USB stick to put onto my TV to watch them on.

    But i don't know what format to have the USB stick as my movie files are around 10GB each and if the USB stick is formatted to ms-dos it wont let me go over 4GB and the TV doesnt seem to read ExFat.

    Is their anyway around this guys?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You might try NTFS.

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    You could use a program like Handbreak to compress the movies into a more managable size.
     
  4. jordan.1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guys

    Im going to try the NTFS-3G program out 1st and if no success then i'll have to use handbrake.
     
  5. blueroom macrumors 603

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    You're going to be stuck with FAT32. Either spilt the file or Handbrake. Does the TV support H.264?
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Not if he formats to NTFS, he isn't.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you can easily format the USB drive to NTFS, as I posted earlier. You're not stuck with FAT32.
     
  8. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

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    I've not got my Samsung 6710 TV to recognise the file structure on any NTFS formatted drives yet, are Samsung TVs definitely compatible with NTFS?
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't know about all models, but the OP's model definitely supports NTFS. Check your owner's manual for your model.

    http://www.samsung.com/us/support/SupportOwnersFAQPopup.do?faq_id=FAQ00000457&fm_seq=625
     
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  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not supported on the Samsung TV. See my post just before yours.
     
  12. digitalcurious macrumors newbie

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    Compression regression..

    Hello. NTFS works fine on my Samsung TV, using the Paragon for Mac program. HOWEVER, I recently bought a very small (physical size) USB 3.0 16Gb from Kingston and it will only let me format in 'NTFS (compressed)' and when I format and put files on the TV fails to recognise it. Why can't I format in regular NTFS like my full size 4 & 8GB USBs? I need the 16GB USB to watch some 1080 films. Any help?

    Thanks
     
  13. GGJstudios, Dec 28, 2014
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    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You should be able to format any USB drive in any format. If it doesn't work, I would return it for another model.

    As to what formats your TV will support, that is model-specific, so check the specifications for your model.
     

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