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    I have tried one formatted NTFS which it could not reconise. The blurb indicates if it was FAT formatted it would be OK, at present I'm trying to find my 1GB FAT formatted portable HDD. When I do I will try it.
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    Oh, I might not be much use then as I'm pretty sure mine would be NTFS formatted. That's a shame, the filesystem has been around 20 years now, you would have thought it would be supported.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Oh, I might not be much use then as I'm pretty sure mine would be NTFS formatted. That's a shame, the filesystem has been around 20 years now, you would have thought it would be supported.
    It's probably becuase USB sticks come FAT formatted. You could always connect the HDD to a PC, dump the contents onto it's hard drive; reformat the USB HDD with FAT; dump the contents back on then it should work!
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    Yeh, lots of effort though
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotquiteWelsh View Post
    It's probably becuase USB sticks come FAT formatted. You could always connect the HDD to a PC, dump the contents onto it's hard drive; reformat the USB HDD with FAT; dump the contents back on then it should work!
    FAT only supports a maximum volume size of 2gb, FAT32 supports 32gb, NTFS will support up to 2tb's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuke2u View Post
    FAT only supports a maximum volume size of 2gb, FAT32 supports 32gb, NTFS will support up to 2tb's...
    This is incorrect... FAT32 limit is terabytes (depending on what sector size in use). NTFS can support over 2TB but not without a bit of jiggery pokery. The big limit with FAT32 is the 2G filesize limit which isn't important for audio but is for video. Claiming a hard cutoff is only possible if you know what is and isn't supported directly by the controller.

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    Back at work - my drive is NTFS unfortunately so can't test it. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work though if it were FAT32.
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    I have a exfat formatted drive with about 60GB of music on it. It worked fine in my 2011 scirocco via the USB MMI cable but in the A3 it works for a couple of songs and then cant read the drive. At the same time it crashes the Navigation and Bluetooth auto streaming. I suspect the hard drive is pulling too much power causing the system to error out.

    Eventually the MMI resets/reboots and everything starts working again providing the hard drive is disconnected.

    I am going to order a 64GB USB Flash drive and see if that works better.

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    Hi, yes the power demand is often the reason why some hard drives do not work. However, in some cases, it can also be the cable as well...
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    Just thought I'd give you an update on this.
    Bought a 500gb WD Elements HDD from Currys for £40, put some albums on it and tried it in the car. Not recognised Drive was NTFS so formatted as Fat32, put music back on and it works fine.
    Happy days thanks to all for help.

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