We do understand the frustration of not being able to know this going in. And like Guy said, we are currently working on it. However, just in case you didn't know, you can connect the drive to a computer and the WD TV Lives can access it over the network. The other thing I would caution, is that if you connected it directly to the WD TV, you may have damaged the partition. So, if nothing plays, or the drive becomes inaccessible, that's because the partition or data was corrupted or damaged. If that happens, you will need to repartition and reformat the drive. Then, copy all the data back to it. Keep in mind that repartitioning and reformatting will destroy what data you have on the drive.