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Old 03-06-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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formatted HD not working with sync

so i know that usb hard drives have to be formatted to FAT32 before our cars can play.... over the weekend I bought a 1TB WD passport drive for my music since i have about 100GB and growing and formatted the drive to FAT32 via a partition program and verified its FAT32 by checking its properties but when i try putting music on it and playing in my car it says "no USB device" ...any ideas of what i can try next?


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Old 03-06-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
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is nobody running a large hard drive on their system?
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I have 250GB of MP3 and tried to utilize a 750GB drive but could not get it to be recognized despite the FAT32 formatting. I don't know if its a size limitation or not. I have a 160GB iPod and while that is recognized, it is unable to index a 140GB collection of music so i believe even if the drive is recognized, you may have trouble with indexing a large volume of music. I'm hoping this may be different after the upate.
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I just picked up a 320GB Seagate GoFlex Slim on clearance for $79 at future shop for my 2012 and formatted it as fat32 with the diskwizard tool as a logical drive. I labeled the drive MusicDrive so it displays on screen as such and can use sync to pull it up.

I built folders with artist and then albums in folders under the artist.

Only loaded 10 albums to it to test and it worked perfect both via voice and display.

I put the cover images into the album folder and it displays perfect.

The GoFlex slim tucks right against the side of the console - vertically with the cable pointing up. I'm going to add a velcro strip to attach it to the console to keep the vibrations at bay and so the bottom is raised a bit and still be a 1 second removal to bring into the house to update. Could also use my tablet to load while in the car if I choose. Also will likely drill a hole through the side of the console from the inside to the inner compartment right beside the rear most USB port to allow the cable to go into the space between the outer and inner plastics and over to the drive. This will make it very clean and mounted like this the drive is out of site unless you know what you are looking for. The SLIM drive does not intrude into the usable space of the console so it is a win win.

I tried it in my 2010 Edge and it worked like a champ in that one as well however I never did like the USB port in the middle of no where.

I also did some 16GB sticks for the car and truck and they as before work perfect arranged into folders like above.

In all reality, 16GB or even 32GB supports a pretty good selection of music. I do not have enough tunes to remotely come close to filling the 320 however it is slick knowing you can.

I'm also looking at all the wasted space in the console for other options such as independent USB power ports for my BB and the wife's Galaxy as we only use Bluetooth on these. Use a snap in USB plate and a power source and locate it so the phone is out of the way. I was also looking at the lid and it does not appear to have room to have your cable pass through. If we have a game system connected to the RCA's. I'm not big on having the lid sit on the cables. Have not looked far enough into that yet but at first glance it looks tight.
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I just picked up a 320GB Seagate GoFlex Slim on clearance for $79 at future shop for my 2012 and formatted it as fat32 with the diskwizard tool as a logical drive. I labeled the drive MusicDrive so it displays on screen as such and can use sync to pull it up.

I built folders with artist and then albums in folders under the artist.

Only loaded 10 albums to it to test and it worked perfect both via voice and display.

I put the cover images into the album folder and it displays perfect.

The GoFlex slim tucks right against the side of the console - vertically with the cable pointing up. I'm going to add a velcro strip to attach it to the console to keep the vibrations at bay and so the bottom is raised a bit and still be a 1 second removal to bring into the house to update. Could also use my tablet to load while in the car if I choose. Also will likely drill a hole through the side of the console from the inside to the inner compartment right beside the rear most USB port to allow the cable to go into the space between the outer and inner plastics and over to the drive. This will make it very clean and mounted like this the drive is out of site unless you know what you are looking for. The SLIM drive does not intrude into the usable space of the console so it is a win win.

I tried it in my 2010 Edge and it worked like a champ in that one as well however I never did like the USB port in the middle of no where.

I also did some 16GB sticks for the car and truck and they as before work perfect arranged into folders like above.

In all reality, 16GB or even 32GB supports a pretty good selection of music. I do not have enough tunes to remotely come close to filling the 320 however it is slick knowing you can.

I'm also looking at all the wasted space in the console for other options such as independent USB power ports for my BB and the wife's Galaxy as we only use Bluetooth on these. Use a snap in USB plate and a power source and locate it so the phone is out of the way. I was also looking at the lid and it does not appear to have room to have your cable pass through. If we have a game system connected to the RCA's. I'm not big on having the lid sit on the cables. Have not looked far enough into that yet but at first glance it looks tight.
thanks for posting but i have a 2009 and although the mounting advice you gave may not apply to me, what is the diskwizard tool you mentioned? is that a program to format?
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thanks for posting but i have a 2009 and although the mounting advice you gave may not apply to me, what is the diskwizard tool you mentioned? is that a program to format?
Each of the disk manufacturers such as Seagate, Maxtor, Western Digital have proprietary disk management software. Seagates is DiskWizard.

Windows often will not allow you to format into fat32, exfat and NTFS only.

The install may be a bit different for your 2009 but the idea is the same. I think you have a 2nd USB connector not used under the dash you could route anywhere and install a drive. Unless you already have 2 USB installed. Ask Sync to go to USB 2 if you have one USB port to see if 2 is available.
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I just hooked up an old 180gb laptop hard drive that I formatted the entire space Fat32. It seems to be really touchy. Sometimes it still gives me the message "usb device not supported" but will play anyway. Sometimes it works. Currently I have 5800 songs (36gb) loaded on it. I've gone through it religiously to ensure good compatability with Sync, and it is working OK.

I have 90Gb total that I eventually want to get on this thing, but it is a slow process to ensure good IDv3 tags and MP3 (as opposed to AAC or MP4). Will update as I find out more.
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I'm thinking that mechanical drive MAY pull a little too much current to be used reliably off the car's USB port. May be dependent on the circuitry each manufacturer uses.

I have to play with laptop drives quite a bit. Solid State drives work no problem off my desktop's hub, but the mechanicals have to be plugged into the USB ports on the desktop directly.

Generally, USB is less than 500ma, but initial spinups may be slightly more. I don't know what Ford has on tap for juice there. It should be within USB specs.......

Solid State drives are pretty cheap for OS drives only, but for storage they are still a little pricey versus mechanical.
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Based on prior experience, I wouldn't recommend a mechanical hard drive for vehicle music storage. I realize the original post was from 2 years ago when USB flash prices were higher, but I think even then a 32GB or perhaps a 64GB USB flash drive could be found on sale for around $50. These days you can find a 128GB for that price.

But if you've got 1TB+ of music and are bound and determined to have it all in your car, a mechanical hard drive is about your only choice right now, unless you want to pay $500 or so for a 1TB SSD drive and use a USB converter. Just don't expect a mechanical drive to last very long under the conditions found inside a vehicle interior. The heat, cold, and vibration will all be well outside of design specifications.
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