1. Bla1ze's Avatar
    Just picked up a Chromecast with Google TV and I added an adapter to it to allow for external storage. That all works fine, however, when it comes to the external storage it needs to be formatted correctly and Android will only format it to FAT32. Due to the size limitations of FAT32, that's not optimal for my use. Does anyone know of / have a suggestion for any app that will add additional OTG support that will allow for the use of NTFS or exFat?
    10-20-2020 04:00 PM
  2. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    An app won't make Android compatible with NTFS, but I thought Android supported exFAT. You could try using a PC to format the drive instead of doing it within Android.
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    10-20-2020 09:38 PM
  3. mustang7757's Avatar
    What you using for external storage?
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    10-20-2020 09:41 PM
  4. Bla1ze's Avatar
    An app won't make Android compatible with NTFS, but I thought Android supported exFAT. You could try using a PC to format the drive instead of doing it within Android.
    There are a few apps, including one from Paragon, who is trustworthy that claim it's possible to add but I wasn't going to pay for the app without checking here first. - https://www.paragon-software.com/fre...2-hfs-android/. Even BlackBerry added exFAT support through an app but that only works on BlackBerry Android devices.

    The inclusion is up to the OEM's. They can add it in or leave it out since it requires licensing and Google seems to have left it out on the Chromecast with Google TV.

    And yes, I did try doing it on a computer but all formats aside from FAT32 are not recognized and it just asks to format using Android.
    10-21-2020 11:48 PM
  5. Bla1ze's Avatar
    What you using for external storage?
    Just a 1TB portable drive I had kicking around.
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    10-21-2020 11:49 PM
  6. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    Unfortunately I have found that both android and Chromebooks reformat a drive to its own format and it won't show up in windows either. I don't know anyway around that and it won't accept exfat or ntfs
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    10-21-2020 11:56 PM
  7. mustang7757's Avatar
    Just a 1TB portable drive I had kicking around.
    I think even Samsung also accepts exFAT

    Google stuff is stuck with the FAT32 , as for programs/apps that can change this I've heard about it but no experience if it works or not
    10-22-2020 12:21 AM
  8. mustang7757's Avatar
    The person probably knows this and messed around with it is @Rukbat
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    10-22-2020 12:28 AM
  9. Bla1ze's Avatar
    I think even Samsung also accepts exFAT

    Google stuff is stuck with the FAT32 , as for programs/apps that can change this I've heard about it but no experience if it works or not
    I figured it out.. installed JS USB OTG which adds support for NTFS and exFat. Now I can plug the drive in and play files from it with VLC. Probably some other apps which work as well. Only caveat is that other apps, such as file managers won't recognize it. You have to load any files from the JS USB OTG app itself.
    10-22-2020 12:52 AM
  10. mustang7757's Avatar
    I figured it out.. installed JS USB OTG which adds support for NTFS and exFat. Now I can plug the drive in and play files from it with VLC. Probably some other apps which work as well.
    Thats great !
    This can be helpful for other members that use external drive and want get exaFAT or NTFS
    The app Price is good also
    10-22-2020 12:57 AM
  11. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    I figured it out.. installed JS USB OTG which adds support for NTFS and exFat. Now I can plug the drive in and play files from it with VLC. Probably some other apps which work as well. Only caveat is that other apps, such as file managers won't recognize it. You have to load any files from the JS USB OTG app itself.
    That is great!
    10-22-2020 01:19 AM
  12. Golfnut4549's Avatar
    I have read to use Rufus Disk Utility. I haven't used it yet as I haven't found an adapter to use. What adapter are you using.
    11-10-2020 06:24 PM
  13. rtarv321's Avatar
    I have read to use Rufus Disk Utility. I haven't used it yet as I haven't found an adapter to use. What adapter are you using.
    I used Rufus to format a 128g usb drive. I set it for fat32 and it works great with the Chromecast with Google TV. I used my laptop to run Rufus.
    11-11-2020 11:35 AM
  14. Dokes's Avatar
    I figured it out.. installed JS USB OTG which adds support for NTFS and exFat. Now I can plug the drive in and play files from it with VLC. Probably some other apps which work as well. Only caveat is that other apps, such as file managers won't recognize it. You have to load any files from the JS USB OTG app itself.
    Hi Bla1ze,

    Thank you for your mention of JS USB OTG. I was doing the exact same thing as you were trying to do. Use VLC (or similar, such as Kodi) to read an external NTFS HDD.

    Per your recommendation, I went ahead and purchased and installed JS USB OTG. When I connect my 2TB NTFS HDD, JS USB OTG prompts if I want itbto handle the drive, so I select OK. However, when JS USB OTG then attempts to show the contents of the HDD, it just states EMPTY FOLDER. And when I launch VLC (since you mentioned that it could play your NTFS files via JS USB OTG), I only see the Local files (internal 4.1GB of CCwGTV), and not the NTFS drive.

    When you open the JS USB OTG app, does it list the content of your 1TB NTFS drive? How do you browse for your NTFS drive in VLC?

    Thanks in advance for your reply! -Dokes
    11-18-2020 11:05 AM
  15. Dutchie53's Avatar
    Its always like this, in most of the forums it will end up without a clear answer. SO NOW WHAT? ? ? How about the USB hub (which brand), power adapter 20, 40, 60, or 90 Watt (which brand)? ? ? Probably best idea will be to use the "Google Chromecast with Google tv" like it is, and buy an NVidia Pro (2019 model) which will work with anything you connect to it.
    Good luck to all, Mr. Dutchie.
    02-08-2021 10:10 AM
  16. Dutchie53's Avatar
    R u b b i s h ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    02-24-2021 02:45 AM
  17. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    You sound upset Dutchie.
    02-24-2021 04:52 AM
  18. Dutchie53's Avatar
    Yes I am upset, because whatever forum I try to get some information, it always ends up without any links, answers or suggestions where to buy a good working USB C hub and power adaptor for the "GCCGTV". Most of the mentioned USB C hubs are not available or sold out! Thanks for your response by the way.
    02-27-2021 02:29 AM
  19. B. Diddy's Avatar
    @Bla1ze is one of the main administrative bigwigs on the forum staff, so he tends to be pretty responsive. Could always tag him and ask him for more details -- let's see if he has some links for you.
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    02-27-2021 09:26 PM
  20. Bla1ze's Avatar
    Yes I am upset, because whatever forum I try to get some information, it always ends up without any links, answers or suggestions where to buy a good working USB C hub and power adaptor for the "GCCGTV". Most of the mentioned USB C hubs are not available or sold out! Thanks for your response by the way.
    This is the one I use. https://www.amazon.ca/AUKEY-Ethernet...cUvbUpU6926701. It's probably overkill but I had it laying around. I believe the trick is to find one that offers Power Delivery because one of the other ones I have without it does not work.
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    02-27-2021 09:33 PM
  21. Bla1ze's Avatar
    How do you browse for your NTFS drive in VLC?
    You can't browse the files using VLC, you have to use JS USB OTG and use the 'Open with VLC' option. There may be other methods now, but this has worked for me so I never bothered to look into it any further.
    02-27-2021 09:44 PM
  22. Dutchie53's Avatar
    GREAT "Bla1ze"! ! ! Thank you very much for your effort and suggestion. I will try to find out if there is a way to order this item in North East Thailand from various distributors. I will place an update about my experiences.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    02-28-2021 12:22 AM
  23. Dutchie53's Avatar
    GREAT "B. Diddy" Thank you very much for your response and the link from "Bla1ze". I will try to find out if I do have some luck.
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    02-28-2021 12:25 AM
  24. Dutchie53's Avatar
    Dear all,
    After doing some research, I've noticed that unfortunately the suggested USB hub is limited available in Thailand and very expensive around 100 to 120 $. Amazon has no option C O D (cash on delivery as I do not have creditcards), but there are some USB hubs from Aukey available and much cheaper too, around 60 to 70 $ including shipping and taxes. I won't give up and keep looking out for a working USB hub. Thanks again......
    B. Diddy likes this.
    03-02-2021 06:59 AM
  25. JJKuZu's Avatar
    Its always like this, in most of the forums it will end up without a clear answer. SO NOW WHAT? ? ? How about the USB hub (which brand), power adapter 20, 40, 60, or 90 Watt (which brand)? ? ? Probably best idea will be to use the "Google Chromecast with Google tv" like it is, and buy an NVidia Pro (2019 model) which will work with anything you connect to it.
    Good luck to all, Mr. Dutchie.
    True story I got excited about what the newer Chromecast with Google TV could do with apps and external storage (compared to my older Chromecast) and went and bought it because of the low price. A pricey USB-C hub with power delivery, USB-C to C cable and a 60w power plug later and I'm stuck with having spent more money than what the Shield would have cost me, not to mention the unsightly interconnected cables spewing out of my TV. Now I'd probably have to fork out more to extend the Chromecast's HDMI and USB cables so I can hide all the cables, HDD and hub out of sight .
    08-21-2021 12:46 AM

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