iTunes movies stored on External hard drive keeps buffering

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by tx26257, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. tx26257 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2010
    I have move my movie collection to a seagate 4tb hard drive but when I play movies back there is lots of pauses and buffering. How can I fix this? What is causing this ?
  2. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2013
    Richmond, VA
    A lot of things could be causing this. How is the drive connected to the computer? USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire, Thunderbolt etc. If you are connected over USB 2.0 or even Firewire and these are decent quality movies then they could be over saturating the available bus. Also I would check and makes sure that the file system on the drive is in good health by running the Verify Disk applet in Disk Utility.
  3. MrTemple macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2013
    Canadian Pacific North Wilderness
    This is a well-documented issue with the ATV4. Search around here and elsewhere to find many, many accounts off errors resulting from tvOS not trying to buffer the videos.
  4. rihia macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    I have tried streaming from a external drive connected to my airport express (extremely slow read/write speeds) with no buffering so usb2.0 will not be the cause of this
  5. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    USB 2.0 can still do about 20 MBps. That's way faster than any video you'll watch.

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