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

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