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LCD cannot recognize a thumb drive

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So I have a 64GB thumb drive formatted in Windows as one single partition.  I gave it to my parents so they can download movies and play it on TV.  However, LCD cannot see it.  
Is it because a different OS and cannot see Windows formatted drive?

Please advice.
Thanks.
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Question by:Tiras25
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by:Delete
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Did you format the thumb drive as NTFS or FAT32?  It likely needs to be FAT32 for the TV to read it.
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by:Jackie Man
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You shall format the thumb drive in FAT32 format if you want it to be used in other non-windows device?

What is the brand and model of the LCD? No all LCD has built-im chip to play media via USB.
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by:Tiras25
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Good point.  I'll try that.  

I'll get exact model numbers as well.  I know is Phillips 40" LCD.

What OS is running in there?  Linux?
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by:YoursJitu
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If Pen Drive is formatted from Windows then it must be in FAT32, it cannot be in NTFS. By default it does not give option to format in NTFS Drive.
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by:Tiras25
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The only two options to format either exFAT or NTFS.   TV doesn't see either.  

I have another 8GB drive formatted in FAT.  It does see it.  

How to format 64GB thumb drive as FAT or FAT32?
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Jackie Man earned 500 total points
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Try HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html

The drawback is the max size of a single file is 4gb if the format of the usb thumb drive is in FAT32 format.

In short, you might need to upgrade your tv as newer one like samsung smart tv which can read exFAT format fot usb thumb drive.
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by:Tiras25
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Great.  That works.  Formatted in FAT32 and able to see entire size of the drive.

Thanks!
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by:Jackie Man
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You are most welcome. Cheers!
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