Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

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Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jrradtke » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:08 pm

I just got my RUKU 2 XS and tried to connect my WD 2.5 TB USB HD (external power)
The drive is formatted NTFS. No partitions (yet)
So far I only have a few .m4v files on it and it works fine on the PC.

The usb media channel tells me:
"No USB drive found"
"Be sure your USB drive is plugged into the USB port of your Roku player"

I tried rebooting the Roku with the drive connected but it made no difference.
I have not seen anything regarding hard drive size limitations.
So what am I missing?
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby stratcat96 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:20 pm

Roku can only read partitions up to 2TB, your hard drive is probably one partition of 2.5tb so that's the issue. In order to use it with Roku you'd need to split the volume up with two (or more) partitions of less than 2TB.
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jrradtke » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:26 am

stratcat96 wrote:Roku can only read partitions up to 2TB, your hard drive is probably one partition of 2.5tb so that's the issue. In order to use it with Roku you'd need to split the volume up with two (or more) partitions of less than 2TB.


Thank you for the reply.
I wondered about the partition size. But my 8 year old XP box recognized the entire drive so I thought the newest Roku would not have a problem.
This info is not in the Roku online specs (that I read) nor the unit packaging and I could not find anything here.
Where did you find this info?
I'll report back after splitting the drive.
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jeffrok » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:14 am

jrradtke wrote:
stratcat96 wrote:Roku can only read partitions up to 2TB, your hard drive is probably one partition of 2.5tb so that's the issue. In order to use it with Roku you'd need to split the volume up with two (or more) partitions of less than 2TB.


Thank you for the reply.
I wondered about the partition size. But my 8 year old XP box recognized the entire drive so I thought the newest Roku would not have a problem.
This info is not in the Roku online specs (that I read) nor the unit packaging and I could not find anything here.
Where did you find this info?
I'll report back after splitting the drive.


It's been posted here by Netflix support before.. Just split up the drive and you should be fine.
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby kc8pql » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:22 am

jeffrok wrote:
It's been posted here by Netflix support before..

Think jeff meant to say Roku support.
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jrradtke » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:31 am

I partitioned the HD into two, 1 TB drives.
One is primary, the other extended.
The HD works fine on my PC.
But I still get the exact same error from the ROKU 2 XS as before.
"No USB drive found"
"Be sure your USB drive is plugged into the USB port of your Roku player"
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jeffrok » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:36 am

kc8pql wrote:
jeffrok wrote:
It's been posted here by Netflix support before..

Think jeff meant to say Roku support.


Sure did! Woopsie.
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jrradtke » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:47 am

Can you point me to that post?
I've looked and I find nothing regarding supported HDs .
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jrradtke » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:50 am

Just got off the phone with a Roku tech and was informed that the maximum Hard Drive capacity that the Roku 2XS will recognize is 16GB. 0.016 TB.
That's not a Hard Drive, that's a USB stick.
Can that be right?
Where did the maximum 2TB info previously posted come from?
Can anyone tell me what I have to do to get a WD Elements 2.5 TB USB HD (partitioned into two 1.25 drives) to work with the Roku 2 XS?
Someone from Roku want to weigh in on this?
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby stratcat96 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:55 am

jrradtke wrote:Just got off the phone with a Roku tech and was informed that the maximum Hard Drive capacity that the Roku 2XS will recognize is 16GB. 0.016 TB.
That's not a Hard Drive, that's a USB stick.
Can that be right?
Where did the maximum 2TB info previously posted come from?
Can anyone tell me what I have to do to get a WD Elements 2.5 TB USB HD (partitioned into two 1.25 drives) to work with the Roku 2 XS?
Someone from Roku want to weigh in on this?



that tech is full of sh*t! I have a 500gb drive running on my XS right now! Let me try and find the post for you..
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby kc8pql » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:16 pm

Here you go: http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=39040&p=258001&hilit=USB+Hard+drive+size#p257990

Just search USB Hard Drive Size (of all things). There are a bunch of posts.
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby philsoft » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:34 pm

jrradtke wrote:Just got off the phone with a Roku tech and was informed that the maximum Hard Drive capacity that the Roku 2XS will recognize is 16GB. 0.016 TB.
That's not a Hard Drive, that's a USB stick.
Can that be right?
Where did the maximum 2TB info previously posted come from?
Can anyone tell me what I have to do to get a WD Elements 2.5 TB USB HD (partitioned into two 1.25 drives) to work with the Roku 2 XS?
Someone from Roku want to weigh in on this?


I have a 2 TB HD hooked to mine and it works just fine. I suspect the tech was referring to the maximum size of the Micro SD card that the Roku2 will accept.
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jrradtke » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:34 pm

kc8pql wrote:Here you go: http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=39040&p=258001&hilit=USB+Hard+drive+size#p257990

Just search USB Hard Drive Size (of all things). There are a bunch of posts.


Thanks for this ..
I included "Roku 2 XS" in my search queries .. and came up way short, anyhow ....
what I get from your referenced posts is that the Roku will only recognize drives of max capacity of 2.0 TB regardless of partition sizes.
I wonder if the WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player would do any better ...
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby jrradtke » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:41 pm

...I suspect the tech was referring to the maximum size of the Micro SD card that the Roku2 will accept.


Now that makes a lot more sense.
How the tech went from talking about hard disk capacity and compatibility to SD memory cards is beyond me at the moment
Maybe we had a bad connection
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Re: Rku 2 XS does not recognize USB HD

Postby stratcat96 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:49 pm

The OP in this post had a 3TB and was able to get it working...
viewtopic.php?f=28&t=42055&hilit=hard+drive


The Wd Live Plus I believe is topped at 3TB but there have been issues with large drives there as well on those forums I've seen
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