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05-23-2009, 02:50 PM
I just had a pioneer deh-p5100ub installed and it has usb ports from and back for ipod or mp3 players. If i hook up a portable hard drive will it work?
05-23-2009, 03:48 PM
You might be able to, typically they are made for portable music players(they only have music files), if your using a portable hard drive it might not be able to read the info, you won't be able to search files on the hard drive through the deck most likely
05-23-2009, 05:32 PM
If you build the file structure correct and the hard drive can be powered by usb its worth a try. Some hard drives even in a external
usb case will have a cord for power read the box!
05-23-2009, 07:22 PM
i am going to check it out
05-23-2009, 08:27 PM
I have an Alpine 9886 with the usb, and it works with memory sticks, so I cannot see why it wouldnt work with a portable hard drive.
05-26-2009, 06:40 AM
get a western dgital passport 250 gig external and it will work..
05-26-2009, 08:12 AM
I have a Pioneer DEH6000UB in my Bonneville, and before I got my ipod, I had a 4 gig flash drive attached to it. It worked well, and I could also control it right from the menu on the head unit, same as my ipod works now.
Although I never tried it with a portable hard drive, I don't think it would be any different.
05-26-2009, 11:52 AM
its no differnt than a flash drive... just make sure its formated to fat32 and the WD passport will work.. the Pioneers can handle up to 250 gigs if my memory serves me right
05-26-2009, 06:19 PM
ok i'll check it out this weekend and let you all know. thanks
05-26-2009, 08:44 PM
If your hard drive only requires you to connect to one USB port and nothing else, then you *should* be fine but...
By specification, the USB port can only deliver up to 500mA of current and the USB devices shouldn't draw more than that from the port. However in reality, a lot of USB devices draw more than that and the headunit might not be able to output much more current through the USB port.
It's a crapshoot. Search around, some drives work better than others.
05-27-2009, 02:51 PM
i tried a toshiba 500gb pocket one that only runs off usb, no luck there. i am going to try a wd 250gb this weekend.
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