Here’s what I got:
WDTV Live Media Player Hub
2TB external WD Hard disk plugged into the back USB port (USB2)
All my movies are on the external hard drive. Everyhting else, photos & music, are on the internal drive. Space is getting low on the external drive, so I’d like to get a second WD 2TB external drive, just like the other, and plug that into USB1. It’s going to look like ■■■■ with the cable hanging out in front, but hey, what are you going to do? WDTV doesn’t support USB hubs unless I get the firmware hack, that I’m not really that interested in doing…yet.
From what I can gather, and this is my question, when I want to find a movie, I have to select the drive (USB1 or USB2) first, then browse for the movie. Right? That would mean I would have to remember which movie is on which drive. A solution may be to split the movies up in alphabetical order and then use USB1 for say, A thru N, and USB2 for O thru Z. But even that **bleep** because I don’t want to move movies around and who knows how long it would be before I ran out of space on one drive and had to start moving movies again?
Overall, I’ve been happy with the WDTV hub, but this is simply a matter of poor design and poor planning. This can easily be fixed with a firmware upgrade where a user selects the Movie folder, the unit should have already scanned ALL drives for any movie content, catalogged those movies and displays them as one giant list of movies. Or better yet, let the user define which drives to scan, whether they be internal drives, external drives, network shares, or media servers and then display them all together. The same can be done for Photos and Music as well.
There are other software packages out there, like XBMC, that can do all of this quite well. That would mean I would have to buy something like Apple TV 2nd Gen or an Acer Revo with Linux to install and run XBMC. The whole reason I purchased the WDTV hub was so I wouldn’t have to go through all that.
So back to my post. I was wondering if anyone out there has the same issues and if they are just dealing with it, or has some sort of solution, or maybe I’m just doing something wrong and the unit has this capability and I’m just being too hard on WD? If not, with any amount of luck, hopefully someone at WD will read this and say “Hey, we need to add this sort of functionality.” It’s a programming issue and it really wouldn’t be that hard to do.