10 Best Multimedia Hard Disk of 2020

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Multimedia hard disk guide

Multimedia Hard Drive – store and play videos, photos, movies, and music

A multimedia hard disk is an external storage device for video, image, movie and music files that connects directly to the TVor another player like one projectorconnect to play multimedia content. From a conventional hard disk, the multimedia hard disk differs in that it can be controlled via a TV connection and by using a supplied software and its own small operating system via a on-screen menu. The multimedia hard disk takes over the function of a player. Some models can also be considered as video recorderuse. Multimedia hard drives are also known as HDD Players. The mostly 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drives are characterized by a compact design, a high storage capacity. It ranges from several 100 gigabytes to 8000 gigabytes (8 TB). In addition to the popular sizes, HDD players are also available as 0.85, 1.0, 1.3, 1.8 and 5.25-inch hard drives.

High functionality and device compatibility through interfaces of the latest standards

The scope of delivery of a multimedia hard disk usually includes a USB cable power adapter, one remote Controland a user manual. The multimedia hard disk has a USB port, on current models with USB 3.0 standard. Thanks to this equipment can image files, movies, videos and music from the PCtransferred to the multimedia hard disk. Many multimedia hard drives are also equipped with a DVB-T receiver and therefore able to record TV broadcasts. For the connection to the TV modern multimedia hard drives have a digital HDMI connection. Also analog connections such as YPbPr and composite video can be present. In addition, some multimedia drives are equipped with a FireWire interface and also have network interfaces such as LAN or W-LAN. With this equipment you can access movies, music and videos from the internet.

Internal decoder for numerous multimedia formats

With the advent of MP3 playerGreat sound recordings were created. In addition, there were considerable amounts of stored image files since digital photography became popular. And last but not least, numerous films that appeared on DVD or Blue Ray accumulated. The multimedia hard drive now makes it possible to save all existing multimedia content in one place to save space. Thanks to the high storage capacity of a Multimedia Hard Disk you do not need to change media when playing multiple movies. Once connected to the TV or other display, a multimedia hard drive can provide many hours of non-stop entertainment. The supplied software is used to play the files using the decoders contained on the hard disk. Contemporary multimedia hard drives include decoders for the video formats DIVX, AVI, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4, TS, VOB, WMV and Xvid. The image formats BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF are also supported. In addition, the support of the audio formats AAC, OGG and MP3 is included.

Manufacturers and file systems

A high quality Multimedia Hard Disk runs very quiet and almost noiseless. Multimedia hard drives are manufactured by renowned hard drive manufacturers such as Western Digital, SanDisc, Buffalo Technology, Fujitsu, Emtec, Phillips or FANTEC. Other providers of good multimedia hard drives include Iomega, Trekstor, and Me2. Mostly, multimedia disks use the cross-platform FAT32 file system. All models can easily read video files, audio files and image files from FAT32 partitions. Although multimedia hard drives are typically FAT32-sized, they can be reformatted like any other hard drive. Who created NTFS partitions on his PC and wants the Multimedia Hard Disk compatible with this format, the external drive can be clicked and formatted in Explorer, then the file system can be changed to NTFS.

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