For several years now, I’ve been using external hard drives to store video files. I connect them to a WDTV Live media player. I recently bought a new 4TB MyBook. I loaded files onto it. The media player doesn’t see it. What can I do?
If it’s an older WDTV Live Gen 2 … then they don’t support GPT (GUID Partition Table) which all WD Hard drives now use.
If you check all your older external hard drives that work with the WDTV Live, you’ll find they are using MBR (Master Boot Record) Partition Table.
But, re-partitioning your 4TB MyBook is not really an option as MBR only supports a maximum of 2TB.
If you’re buying new hard drives, it’s probably time to consider purchasing a new media player. I’m using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and a 4K Amlogic S905X Android Box, both of which support GPT Partitions (4TB and larger work fine) and also support more codecs and more features than the old obsolete WDTV’s.
Wow! Where’ve you been all my life? I’m ordering the 4K Amlogic now.