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Old 11-01-2013, 11:17
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Hi all,
Firstly im not sure if i am posting this in the right forum but here goes. I have a HP Compaq Presario A900 (old by laptop standards i know but for just general browsing will keep until it expires.) The only thing of importance on the hard drive are family photos and about 200 music albums,all of which i have saved to a Sumvision external hard drive just in case. Having recently purchased a Panasonic DMR-PWT420 Blu-Ray/HDD Recorder i wondered is it possible to transfer the music to the pannys hard drive and if so how would i go about it. Have tried connecting the Sumvision to the back of the panny but it comes up as not recognised. What am i not doing right if at all. Must add the laptop does not have HDMI. Sorry if i have rambled on a bit but not being very tech savvy and getting on a bit all this type of stuff has passed me by. Any help will be much appreciated,thank you in advance.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:42
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Having done a quick skim of the manual it appears you can't plug any old USB drive into the Panasonic and expect it to work. It appears the drive has to be "registered" with the Panasonic. A process that involves the Panasonic formatting the drive initially before it can be used. Which is going to destroy any existing data on the drive.

There is also a chance that once formatted the drive uses a file system that Windows doesn't recognise natively. It is not uncommon for devices like the Panasonic to use a file system similar to those used by Linux which Windows can't read "out of the box" and which would require extra driver software installing on the computer.

I'm also not sure what the implications are of the statement about the drive not being usable with any other device. That may mean that the contents are encrypted and can only be read by the machine that created them. It might also mean that it does not allow copying data over to it from a computer even if you could get the computer to recognise the file system.

The Panasonic can stream audio and video from a computer if you can get your head round setting up a DLNA server on the computer. So that may be an option. Obviously that will not mean copying the music to the Panasonic but if all you want to do is make it available for playing that may be all you need.

Another option is to buy a Network hard drive that plugs into your router. Some have DLNA server's built in which simplifies things somewhat. For example I have a Seagate GoFlex drive that both my Humax PVR and media player box can see and stream files off. And it has the advantage that you don't need the computer turned on to stream the content. Just need to copy the media files over to the network drive.

I didn't see any way to copy files across the network from a computer onto the Panasonic hard drive which would have been another option. Not to say such an option doesn't exist but might need a longer reading of the manual to find out.
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Old 11-01-2013, 16:27
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Thanks chrisjr for the quick response. Setting up a DLNA server is probably a piece of cake to such as yourself but to me it would be like learning to fly so thats out. Your other option of purchasing a network hard drive seems to me at least a better option. So am i right in saying that if i purchase a Seagate go flex and then firstly marry it to the panny, secondly transfer my music to the drive and finally connect to my router and the panny i will then be able to listen through my amp and speakers which are connected to the panny. Please correct me if i am wrong.
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Old 11-01-2013, 16:41
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This is an easy DLNA server and it's free
http://www.serviio.org/

Worth a try anyway
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Old 11-01-2013, 17:00
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OK always worth a try,so if i download Serviio how do i then enable my music to play through the BD HD/Recorder. Excuse me if to you it seems a stupid question.
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Old 11-01-2013, 17:02
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Thanks chrisjr for the quick response. Setting up a DLNA server is probably a piece of cake to such as yourself but to me it would be like learning to fly so thats out. Your other option of purchasing a network hard drive seems to me at least a better option. So am i right in saying that if i purchase a Seagate go flex and then firstly marry it to the panny, secondly transfer my music to the drive and finally connect to my router and the panny i will then be able to listen through my amp and speakers which are connected to the panny. Please correct me if i am wrong.
I can't say how easy it will be with the Panasonic but with my Humax PVR it was dead easy.

You have to assemble the drive and its base and plug it into the router before you begin. Then run an installation CD on your computer which installs some software to manage the drive (Seagate Dashboard). Plus setting up multiple users who can each have their own private folders as well as a public area everyone can see.

Once you've installed the Dashboard software on your PC you can then connect to the drive and set up a "share" on the drive. Basically just means clicking the Share icon in the Dashboard app, find the folder you want to share and select Share With Media Devices. It makes a bit of sense for this folder to be in the public area of the drive so any user of the drive can add files to it.

Then copy your media files into that shared folder. It will appear as a drive in (My) Computer so no special skills needed.

On the Humax I then went into the Media section and the shared folder on the Seagate drive appeared in there with any media files listed. Didn't really need to do very much tweaking of the Humax to make it see the drive.

This is the drive I have (2TB version).

http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/externa...e/goflex-home/

There are other similar drives out there, for example Western Digital do similar types of drive. So don't just go out and buy a Seagate just because I've got one

But if you click on the Support button on that page you can download the manual so you can get a feel for what is involved and whether it suits your needs.
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Old 11-01-2013, 17:09
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OK always worth a try,so if i download Serviio how do i then enable my music to play through the BD HD/Recorder. Excuse me if to you it seems a stupid question.
Install the software then once it's up and running you click on it's icon in the taskbar to open the user interface. Then it is just a matter of adding the folders containing the media files you want to stream.

Once that is done they should appear on the Panasonic as network media, as I recall it's all in the manual how you set that bit up.

Of course it does mean your computer has to be on and running Windows all the time you want to stream music or video. Which is not the case if you went for a network hard drive.

Then again the software is free, which is a whole load cheaper than the hard drive
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Old 11-01-2013, 17:29
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Thanks Chris ill keep everything in mind which you have been kind enough to provide.
Because im only really interested in the music i will initialy try the Serviio route and if that fails will consider the Network hard drive.
Thanks to all.
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Old 11-01-2013, 17:39
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A quick look at the manual (p.54) suggests that you can easily copy music from a CD or DVD to the Panny's internal hard drive. If this is correct, it should be possible to copy your music files to a DVD-RW disk in the PC, then from the DVD-RW to the Panny's hard disk. Provided you use a rewritable disk, you can use the same disk repeatedly to shuttle the files across. If they're mp3 it shouldn't take too long - you can get a lot of music on a DVD.
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Old 11-01-2013, 19:27
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Thanks Fenlander that seems a workable solution. Might take a bit of time but thats one thing i have plenty of. Cheers
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