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usb question

hey guys i have a question:

I formatted a 500gb hdd and loaded some music... the front port on mygig 430n (2013 model) was able to read it, browse folders, etc... but the one in the arm rest / console did not recognize it... is this normal or do i have a faulty usb console port?
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:34 AM
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Re: usb question

My experience: USB stick works in the 430N port, but not in my armrest console. The armrest port works fine for iPod.
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My experience: USB stick works in the 430N port, but not in my armrest console. The armrest port works fine for iPod.
Mine works just fine in both places. However, the USB stick in the radio port seems to be there so you can copy your music, pictures, whatever, onto the radio's hard drive. The port in the armrest is to play from. I have a USB stick that I leave in the armrest all the time. Plays music from it just fine.
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Re: usb question

My thumbdrive works fine in both locations. However, it seems to take longer to "boot-up" from the armrest USB for some reason. I have about 10 gb of music on a 16 gb thumbdrive. It takes about 30-60 seconds to start from the USB on the media center, but about 2-3 minutes from the USB in the armrest. Try leaving it in the armrest USB for a while and see if it eventually boots up.

My iPod boots up just fine in the armrest USB, so it appears to be related to the thumbdrive. I have all my music copied onto the HDD, and it starts instantly from there. However, I was very disappointed that the copy process to the HDD loses all the file structure I have on the thumbdrive and over-writes it with it's own hierarchy that makes it more difficult to find stuff. Also, any music copied to the HDD from anything but the original CD will not display the album art (Gracenote issue - Chrysler has abandoned their responsibility of ever updating the Gracenote database).

On top of that, during the copy process, over 1200 of my songs were placed into multiple "unknown" folders (unknown - artist, album , genre, etc), and after a year of ownership, I have manually whittled that down to a single unknown folder with 700 songs remaining to be fixed.

So all of this adds up to why I am still using a thumbdrive and my iPod even after copying onto the HDD.
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I was very disappointed that the copy process to the HDD loses all the file structure I have on the thumbdrive and overwrites it with its own hierarchy that makes it more difficult to find stuff.
It uses the metadata inside each MP3 file on the thumb drive. Most handheld MP3 players do the same thing. I make sure the metadata are correct and I get exactly the hierarchy I expect.
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Re: usb question

Been there - know how to do that - nope it does not. Mine is a 430N RHB.
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It most likely doesn't have the required power to run the external hdd. I know on my wd external hdd I can't even use a usb extension, the voltage drop is too high in 18" of cable.

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