Modern models of TVs, such as Samsung, Philips, and LG, can connect to memory cards or more simply – flash drives. However, users often face the fact that they cannot rely on flash drives. The reason for this is unsupported formats or file systems drives, a large memory, and other factors. Here's the explanation why your TV doesn't see the flash drive, and how you can fix it.
Before looking for complicated solutions and manipulating the flash drive, make sure that the connection is done correctly.
If everything is connected correctly, try taking the following steps.
If the TV is new and you are using a flash drive for the first time, you should first read the TV manual, maybe you didn’t take into account some of its features.
Almost every TV is flashed to use additional memory cards of a particular format or rather a file system. This is often the reason why the TV set can't see a USB flash drive. If the TV is set to read devices with the NTFS file system, but the flash drive is formatted under FAT32, then of course you can't use them together. Therefore, before you connect removable media, it is worth checking the manual for the device "preferences".
Another feature of modern televisions is the limited amount of flash drives that can be used in the device. In this case, the instruction manual also comes in handy. If there is no limit on the volume, then the reason can be the format mismatch or their conflict.
It commonly happens that the information on the flash drive is played only partially. For example, you can play music, and view photos, but when it comes to video, the device refuses to play it. This problem can be easily solved. To do this, find in the manual which describes which files can be read on the TV, and then on the computer using a special program to convert media files.
The TV can't see the card it was playing before? This problem is common either. It seems that recently everything was fine: watching your favorite movies, listening to information – everything functioned properly. But then the flash drive stopped being detected by the device. There can be several reasons.
Most likely, the TV stops seeing the flash drive because the file system is worn out or there are corrupted sectors on the media. If the damage is not significant, and the reason is in the file system, then formatting the medium will help. But it is worth remembering that this procedure destroys all the data on the flash drive. And when formatting, you should choose a file system that is compatible with the TV.
There are situations when a memory card simply fails – it doesn't last forever either. Sometimes the cause is a virus-infected file. Here a good antivirus product and again formatting can help. When using a memory card with various devices and downloading files from the Internet, the probability of a virus entering the medium is high.
If the flash drive works, but it cannot be read on the TV, you can view content from it with other devices.
If the memory card is still not detected, but it opens perfectly on any other device, then we can conclude that you should search for the problem on the TV itself. Most likely, the USB port is simply not working. You can try to repair the TV with your hands or use another device as a storage medium. For example, you can connect an external hard drive. You can also watch movies directly from your laptop by connecting it to the TV.