360 cannot recognize NTFS???

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#1 Posted by Col_Kilgore (3056 posts) -

MS can make some stupid decisions, but this one takes the cake.

I watch movies on my external HD connected to the 360. I was going to put some HD movies on the hard drive, but FAT32 does not accept file sizes larger than 4GB, so I converted the file system to NTFS. Well, the 360 is NOT compatible with that file system, and for some reason it is IMPOSSIBLE to convert back to FAT32. Even though MS wants to phase out FAT32, their current gen system only recognizes that file system for multimedia purposes. This is VERY frustrating. The hard drive that I bought for that exact purpose may be useless now, unless I can reformat it to something th e stupid 360 can recognize.

Any ideas?

#2 Posted by FUBAR24 (12185 posts) -
huh?
#4 Posted by karriston (3631 posts) -
Yeah, buy an awii...
#5 Posted by tktosc666 (240 posts) -

Yeah, buy an awii...karriston

awiiwii

#6 Posted by tktosc666 (240 posts) -
btw wii sucks
#7 Posted by Col_Kilgore (3056 posts) -

huh?FUBAR24

What's hard to understand? I converted my hard drive to NTFS so that I could put HD video files greater than 4 GB on it and watch it connected to my 360. BUT the 360 doesn't recognize NTFS, it only recognizes the old and greatly inferior FAT32. And going back to FAT32 from NTFS is next to impossible I've heard.

#8 Posted by karriston (3631 posts) -

[QUOTE="FUBAR24"]huh?Col_Kilgore

What's hard to understand? I converted my hard drive to NTFS so that I could put HD video files greater than 4 GB on it and watch it connected to my 360. BUT the 360 doesn't recognize NTFS, it only recognizes the old and greatly inferior FAT32. And going back to FAT32 from NTFS is next to impossible I've heard.

Then you'll have to buy a new hard-drive I suppose.
#9 Posted by Col_Kilgore (3056 posts) -
I know Wii sucks. Had one and sold it because it was only fun to get drunk and play bowling or air hockey. In addition to good games, I want great graphics and sound, loads of downloadable content and huge multimedia capability.
#10 Posted by superrj (31 posts) -
I dont kbow what the f*** your talking about my 360hardrive can accept file sizes up to 6GB but i have a xbox360 elite so there could be a differce.
#11 Posted by SuperBeast (13227 posts) -

It's a pretty crappy limitation, but simple enough solution. Hook the external drive up to your PC and stream media that way... That's what I did, works perfectly. It's actually the better method of streaming movies/music to the 360 because you can add/delete files on the fly rather than having to disconnect it from the 360 and hooking it up to a PC to do so.

#12 Posted by Col_Kilgore (3056 posts) -

I dont kbow what the f*** your talking about my 360hardrive can accept file sizes up to 6GB but i have a xbox360 elite so there could be a differce.superrj

Guess you missed the part where I said I have an EXTERNAL hard drive hooked up. It isn't an Xbox Microsoft brand HD, but an external WD My Book hooked up through USB.

I know about streaming but I like to have either my home theater system OR my PC turned on, but not both at the same time in order to save power. My PC is a power hog.

#13 Posted by SuperBeast (13227 posts) -

I know about streaming but I like to have either my home theater system OR my PC turned on, but not both at the same time in order to save power. My PC is a power hog.

Col_Kilgore

Nothing you can do if you refuse to have your PC on while watching movies. Electricity isn't very expensive, at least in most areas... My electric bill is around $30/month and both my laptop and 1000W desktop are on 24/7 (think I reset my laptop couple months ago). If anything else why not just turn on your PC while streaming a movie then shut it off after the movie is over?

#14 Posted by TheRaiderNation (1653 posts) -
You're not the first person I have heard mention this, but I completely agree, it doesn't seems like the best decision on microsoft's part.
#15 Posted by travbailey (40 posts) -

Only option is to reformat the drive as you wrote here:

"The hard drive that I bought for that exact purpose may be useless now, unless I can reformat it to something the stupid 360 can recognize."

Instructions are here: http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/formatting-external-hard-drive-to-fat-32/

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#16 Posted by dudebot12345678 (840 posts) -

What the heck is "FAT32''?