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    USB hard drive hook-up

    Hello Everyone,

    This is my first post so bear with me. I have a question regarding hooking up USB hard drives to your head unit. Is it feasible? iPods and Zunes are basically hard drives. I have a Pioneer DEH-P6000UB that will accept USB drives (classified as Mass Storage Class) and iPods, unfortunately, I have a Zune and it won't read from it. I was considering getting a small hard drive, such as that of 100 or 160gb. Would there be any issues hooking up a small USB hard drive directly to the head unit?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    i have a pioneer 6900usb with that usb connect and i use small gig sticks all the time im sure you could use a portable hard drive as long as you dont need an external power supply



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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    I think it has to be formatted to FAT32, but don't quote me.



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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    Quote Originally Posted by TurdFergueson2 View Post
    I think it has to be formatted to FAT32, but don't quote me.
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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    Yeah, that would be correct. It would have to be formatted to either FAT16 or FAT32; however, I don't want to have multiple thumb drives. It seems and is cheaper to purchase a mini hard drive with like 100-150gb of space and use that, rather than get several thumb drives. My only concern is *will* it work? iPods and Zunes are basically hard drives themselves, but they don't require much power consumption.

    If I'm going to get a hard drive, it will definitely be a low-consumption USB-powered drive, so I don't have to plug it in. Then again, will it work? That's my question...

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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    i ran an 80gig usb bus-powered drive on a pioneer cd-ub100 without any problems. not exactly the same thing but close. the drive was made by LaCie, but i know my particular model is no longer available from them.





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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    Nineball - what did you mean by not exactly the same thing?

    Thanks.




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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    i have and HD hooked up to my pioneer 690ub right now .my HD is 250 GB i have close to 600++ albums on it . just format it to FAT 32 and ur done ..now i'm not sure if portable HD that big would run on the deck but work fine on mines since i have it hooked up to a power converter ..only problem is if u have alot of tracks or in my case albums it takes around 2 minutes for the deck to read the HD



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    Quote Originally Posted by noosaj View Post
    Nineball - what did you mean by not exactly the same thing?

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    exactly what i said. i was using a 5700 dvd hu and a cd-ub100. you are using a 6000UB.





    Quote Originally Posted by eharri3 View Post
    I have 4 12s getting 2K watts rms and my front stage is 4 Walmart JVC coaxials running off 16 watts rms of head unit power. My sub sounds fine but my mids and highs don't sound very clear and start to distort long before my subs do. Anybody know why? Any suggestions?

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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    Quote Originally Posted by HyPnAwTiKpImP View Post
    i have and HD hooked up to my pioneer 690ub right now .my HD is 250 GB i have close to 600++ albums on it . just format it to FAT 32 and ur done ..now i'm not sure if portable HD that big would run on the deck but work fine on mines since i have it hooked up to a power converter ..only problem is if u have alot of tracks or in my case albums it takes around 2 minutes for the deck to read the HD
    Question!

    When you say it takes about 2 minutes for the head unit to read the hard drive, is that every time you turn it on? or is that some sort of initial read?



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    Quote Originally Posted by muskyhunter567 View Post
    i have a pioneer 6900usb with that usb connect and i use small gig sticks all the time im sure you could use a portable hard drive as long as you dont need an external power supply
    in most every case that is false, it does have to be a fat32, but just because it has a USB connect doesnt mean the Head unit will recognize it. My external did not work (100gb) with my kenwood, theres a difference between a flash drive and an external hard drive, your receiver is more than likely only going to accept a flash drive or media players (zune/ipod)



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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    I use a small 60gb disk with my kenwood without any problem, just hook it up, via USB.



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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    think there's a limit of about 250gig that it'll read befor it chucks a spastic




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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    Get an ipod be happy wanna be even happier get a alpine head unit. Usb hard drives can crash because they need power all the time and you will need a dc to ac converter as well to power them.



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    Re: USB hard drive hook-up

    Quote Originally Posted by swx1042 View Post
    Question!

    When you say it takes about 2 minutes for the head unit to read the hard drive, is that every time you turn it on? or is that some sort of initial read?
    thats every time i turn it on because of all the music i have.. i try a flash drive read right away it was only 8gb my set up is

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