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flimzy

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Apr 16, 2013
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So my usb has a 4gb limit. I tried reformatting to nfts and my sharp tv did not read it? I'm going to try one more time. any suggestions? oh and is changing the format of your usb back and forth bad for the usb? i must have done it like 20 times. will it ruin the usb if you do it a lot? or is it bad for the mac?
 

jenzjen

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I understand, however I cannot fit files over 4gb on FAT. How am i supposed to do this?

then you won't be able to fit files over 4gb on the stick, it's as simple as that

you can't force your TV to read a format that it doesn't recognize
 
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MisterMe

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Jul 17, 2002
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Then you can play your mkvs larger than 4GB using an NTFS formatted USB stick or hard drive (I use a small portable hard drive)
The OP does not give his specific model Sharp TV. However, Page 77 of the user manual for 2014 UQ, TQ, SQ, and EQ model Sharp TVs says that they support NTFS for USB hard drives only. I have no idea by which magic these TVs are unable to read NTFS thumb drives, but are able to read NTFS hard drives. But, this is what the manual says.
 
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flimzy

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Apr 16, 2013
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The OP does not give his specific model Sharp TV. However, Page 77 of the user manual for 2014 UQ, TQ, SQ, and EQ model Sharp TVs says that they support NTFS for USB hard drives only. I have no idea by which magic these TVs are unable to read NTFS thumb drives, but are able to read NTFS hard drives. But, this is what the manual says.

Hi thanks for replying. I read this too. Tomorrow i'm going to purchase a usb hard drive i guess.. its sad they don't read the thumb drives.
 
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Altemose

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Mar 26, 2013
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Hi thanks for replying. I read this too. Tomorrow i'm going to purchase a usb hard drive i guess.. its sad they don't read the thumb drives.

Or try to format to Fat32 on a Windows computer. Mac OS X only supports formatting to Fat 16 in Disk Utility.
 
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Weaselboy

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Or try to format to Fat32 on a Windows computer. Mac OS X only supports formatting to Fat 16 in Disk Utility.

That MD-DOS drop down in Disk Util is FAT32.

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Here is a USB key I just erased.
 
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MisterMe

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Sorry I did not clarify, choosing MS-DOS File System in Disk Utility on 10.7+ results in FAT32, 10.6- formats to FAT16. I wrote that from my PowerMac G5 so I had the wrong format in my head.
I have never had an issue using any of my Power Mac G5s or any other Mac running any version of OS X to format a USB thumb drive as FAT32.
 
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