Playing movies from external hard drive

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I have an external hard drive that I would like to load all my DVD movies onto and play on a portable DVD player. I tried saving the movies as AVI/MPEG4/JPEG unfortunately the external DVD player did not recognise the files. I tried formatting the external hard drive to FAT32, however I have an error message stating the volume is too big for FAT32. Grateful for any advise on what to do next.

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Hi,

Formatting it to Fat32 is good step taken by you.I guess your hard drive is of more than 100 Gb.Create a partition on your external device from disk management of 20Gb and add the movies to it then plug to video with the supported video formats it will be played.

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thanks - how do I do it?
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Hi,

You are using vista or xp as os?
laptop is running windows 7 (external hard drive blank of course)
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Hi,

Access disk management by opening run then enter this command, : diskmgmt.msc pressing enter/ok.Now you will see your device right click on it and select shrink ,input 20000 then create new partition selecting Fat file system.

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