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Anyway of getting an MP3 head unit to read a 500gb External Hard drive

AndyC Jul 20, 2011

  1. AndyC

    AndyC Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    was wondering if it was possible to get a new MP3 head unit to read a decent size drive..

    + 32GB?????
     
  2. jcb

    jcb Active Member VCDS Map User

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    what does it currently read?
     
  3. jonnycraig

    jonnycraig Member

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    The firmware on head units is limited to a couple of gigs, Ive tried a 4gb usb stick on mine, works, a 16gb usb stick, wont read it at all, Ive also tried my 320gb western digital passport and I can tell by the drive LED blinking bright/dim that its not receiving enough power to run the drive (I get the same error if I use a usb extension cable on it from a PC).

    So to cut a long story short, the head unit would need new software written to read larger drives and in my case the power output upgraded to drive the external harddrives too.

    Hope this helps

    Jonny
     
  4. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    You could try it using an external power brick supplying 5v directly to the drive and see if it then recognises the whole thing.
     
  5. AndyC

    AndyC Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Cheers guys
     

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