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Q: DVD and external USB 2.0 HDD - does it work?
Posted by Arne Hess - at Monday, 27.08.07 - 18:53:56 CET under Digital - Lifestyle - Viewed 19353x

Any Windows Vista Media Center experts here? I've always a couple of ripped DVDs on my Media Center's hard disk drive for two reasons, first I can easily watch these DVDs without doing the DJ and second, maybe even more important, I wan watch these DVDs, wherever I'm in the world thanks to WebGuide4.
However, recently the main HDD of my Windows Vista Ultimate Media Center ran low on storage space and I bought an external USB 2.0 HDD where I've moved all my music, photos and videos to.
While photo and music access worked fine (locally and remote), I ran into a serious problem with the videos. I wasn't able to play the DVDs anymore, neither locally (thanks to the Windows Vista Media Center hack) nor remotely through Webguide4. On my Media Center I got a notification, that the videos cannot be played and on my Windows Mobile devices (as well as my Notebook) I got another weird notification.
No way to play these videos. As soon as I moved them back to the main HDD everything worked fine again.

I wonder if anyone of you a) are using external HDDs with your Media Center and b) if you can play your video DVDs? Neither I have found an answer yet why it's not working nor I've found a way to get it working. Pretty annoying as you can imagine since I have to keep my videos on my main HDD.

Cheers ~ Arne

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