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Can I watch movies via an external drive?

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April 15, 2010 9:36:07 PM

If I store movies on an external hard drive which connects to the computer via USB 2.0 cable, will I be able to watch the movies on my computer, or will the USB connection be too slow (or maybe it doesn't matter, b/c the movie loads to RAM first)?

What about to a TV?

Is there a better setup you recommend, such as buying a network drive?


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a c 415 G Storage
April 15, 2010 9:46:50 PM

The data rate to watch movies is actually very low, no more than about 5 to 6MByte/sec even for HD movies. USB 2.0 is plenty fast enough for that as long as the disk isn't busy doing something else at the same time.
a b G Storage
April 15, 2010 9:47:15 PM

Yes, you can play movies from an external drive without issues.

If you would like to connect your computer to a TV, this can be done easily but depends on your setup (type of TV, connections and whether you have a desktop, laptop and what type of video card you have). Typically you can simply buy a cable that goes from your computers DVI connection to you TV's HDMI connection. Some computers even have video cards with HDMI out which means you would just need a typical HDMI cable.
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November 13, 2011 3:25:31 AM

yes you can watch movies via hard-drive. It's a great option I guess.
November 15, 2011 7:01:09 AM

Best answer selected by joshuatree.