04-19-2012 08:36 PM
So I tried to plug my new goflex satellite into the USB port on my car stereo, but quickly discovered that the drive is NTFS formatted and my stereo only recognizes FAT32.
So then I tried repartitioning the drive with an NTFS partition first and a 32 gig FAT32 partition second. My stereo still couldn't see the drive (I guess it only looks at the first partition), but I was surprised to discover that it when connecting to the drive over WIFI that it saw the media on both partitions. (Some previous posts suggested the wifi would only be able to recognize NTFS partitions)
So then I tried repartitioning the drive again with the FAT32 partition first and the NTFS partition second, which allowed my car stereo to access the music via USB, but when connecting to the drive via WIFI, it would only see the FAT32 partition and not the second NTFS partition.
So, for some reason, when the FAT32 parition is first, it only serves media from the FAT32 partition, but if the NTFS partition is first, it works with both.
Does anyone have any other ideas about how I can browse the drive via USB via my car stereo, but still have access to the bulk of the space when accessing via WIFI?? (Trying to have my cake and eat it too)
I wasn't sure if the "hacked" firmware might behave differently in a dual partition scenario with a FAT32 parition first.
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04-19-2012 10:57 PM
04-20-2012 04:59 AM
04-20-2012 06:25 AM
Obviously one downside of FAT32 will be that no one file can be larger than 4 GB.
04-20-2012 01:50 PM
Kudos to DAH618. I retried it with the 32 gig FAT32 partition first and the NTFS partition second, but marked the NTFS partition as active and this time, and access over WIFI this time can see both partitions. I'll put all my music on the FAT32, and the rest of my media (videos, movies, etc) on the NTFS. Thanks!!
In regards to the other question about why I didn't just format the whole drive as FAT32, via normal methods, you are limited to 32gigs for a FAT32 partition, and as AlanM mentioned, the largest file you can have on FAT32 is 4Gig.
04-20-2012 02:26 PM