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How to Connect an External Hard Drive to a Samsung TV

Updated February 21, 2017

Most new Samsung televisions have a built-in USB port. This allows you to hook up external computer equipment and view the saved files on the TV screen. If you have an external hard drive with saved images, music or movies, you can play any of the desired material over the TV screen. You just need to plug the external hard drive into the TV as you would a computer.

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  1. Check the Samsung television for a USB port. This is found on either the side or the rear of the television. Without the USB port, you can't perform the hardware connection.

  2. Insert one end of the USB data cable into the USB port on the external hard drive, then insert the opposite end of the cable into a USB port on the television.

  3. Power on the hard drive and the television. Press the "Source" button on the Samsung television, then choose "USB" as the connection option. The TV screen now changes and displays a list of all the files stored on the drive.

  4. Push the directional arrow buttons on the remote control until you highlight the file you want to view. Press "Enter," and the information loads onto the TV screen.

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Things You'll Need

  • USB data cable

About the Author

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.

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