Last post on Nov 15, 2010 at 8:06 AM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 300, Lexus RX 330, Lexus RX 350, SUV
#7 of 15 Re: Is USB jack compatible with portable hard drive? [sdittmar]
Jan 14, 2010 (7:06 pm)
So, a few days ago I tried one of my external hard drives powered from the AC outlet in the garage and connected to the USB connection in the car. It didnt recognize it. So, I am not sure if the laptop drive with enclosure will work, unless it is an issue with the amount of memory like you had suggested. I think this issue could be specific for my car.Anyway, I have stopped experimenting and I plan to get a 32 GB USB drive in the future, which should be more than enough for my collection. The prices are close to 70$ in amazon. Currently I am using a pair of 8GB drives.
Thanks again to all the input.
#8 of 15 Re: Is USB jack compatible with portable hard drive? [tg2063]
Jan 21, 2010 (10:08 pm)
Any luck with your 32GB drive?
If not, another thought occurred to me. In regards to the second external drive you you had plugged into the wall, do you know what file system that hard drive was formatted with? I'm pretty sure it has to be FAT32 if it's going to be readable by the Lexus system.
If you are using Windows, I don't think you can format a large (ie >32GB) HDD in an external USB enclosure to FAT32. You can check the drive type in Windows by right clicking on the drive in Windows Explorer or My Computer, then clicking on Properties. It should show "Drive Type" and say either FAT32 or NTFS.
If you think that could be the problem, you will need to download an app that can format your external USB drive to FAT32. !!Keep in mind that formatting will erase all data on that drive, so back up anything you want to save to a different drive, like your computers internal hard drive, until the format is complete then copy the data back to the USB drive!! You can always re-format it back to NTFS if this doesnt work still if you don't want to leave it as FAT32.
I used this app recently for just such a purpose and it was quick and pretty straight forward (the page gives you the one command you need to know to run it):
It is a command line program, ie no graphical interface, so if that's confusing or you're not used to that let me know and I can break it down for you into a few simple steps.
#9 of 15 Re: Is USB jack compatible with portable hard drive? [sdittmar]
Jan 22, 2010 (4:24 pm)
I have been using the 32 G flash drive. The only issue is that the system seems to take a long time to read all the data and to scroll through all the folders in it. So, I have to wait a few minutes. However it seems OK otherwise, and I still have some space left for any new music I get in future.
Thanks though for the info re. the file system. It was FAT 32 in the ext drive.
I think I will just use the flashdrive for the time being,
#10 of 15 Yay for something working finally!
Jan 22, 2010 (7:37 pm)
Cool, well at least you've got something working.
I'm surprised about the speed issue since mine is pretty snappy...I only wait seconds, never minute. But if you have nav, which I don't, then maybe it takes it more time to look ahead at the file tag info to put it in a list for your nav screen or something.
Anyway, you're welcome, glad to help.
#12 of 15 Now, What's best to organize MP3's on Flash Drive
Apr 28, 2010 (8:12 pm)
My 2011 Sonata has a USB port that I've gotten to work with flash-drives up to 2GB so far. A larger drive will follow, but the question is what's the best program to organize and configure a music library onto the flash-drive? The dealer, and Hyundai have been little help in understanding or dealing with this issue, and it's not addressed in the manual.
I have both a Mac and a PC. I don't believe iTunes will sync to a flash drive so that may not be an option. Windows Media Player really mucks up the organization of music so it's not at the top of the list. WinAmp is available; and I'm open to trying other apps/ programs.
Input on what's worked best for others using flash-drives would be very helpful to me, and I'm sure to others watching this discussion.
#13 of 15 Re: Now, What's best to organize MP3's on Flash Drive [ttiern]
May 10, 2010 (11:50 am)
By far the best music player / organizer is Media Monkey free... although I like the paid version, the free version has 90% of the paid version's features. Go to www.mediamonkey.com.
I also tried an 8GB MicroSDHC formatted FAT32 - DOES NOT WORK. The Lexus RX350 USB port does not like SDHC (HC stands for High Capacity) cards. I tried a 2GB SD Card Non-HC (with USB Adapter) and it works fine.
#14 of 15 Re: Now, What's best to organize MP3's on Flash Drive [kittylover1]
May 10, 2010 (12:39 pm)
Thanks for your feedback.
Regarding the SDHC cards, they DO WORK in my 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Perhaps the Lexus is a different manufacturer or model. Was your USB adaptor specifically for SDHC cards, or could it be for only the older technology SD cards (which wouldn't work.) It should state SDHC specifically on the adaptor.
I just checked my Sonata and successfully tested both SD and SDHC (8GB) cards with both SD and SDHC USB adaptors on my radio. Of course SDHC adaptors are required with SDHC cards, although the SDHC adaptors are backwardly compatible with SD. They are "mass storage devices" and should work the same as a USB flash-drive. I've even tried a Sansa Clip MP3 player connected to the USB port and it works like a flash-drive.
I've tried Media-Monkey since my initial post and found that it puts playlists, files, etc. on my 8GB USB drive. Although it plays music fine, it still only lets me access music by the folders that have been created. Playlists don't seem to work, as they do with an iPod - which is disappointing. Have you had a different experience that I can learn from?
#15 of 15 Re: Is USB jack compatible with portable hard drive? [sdittmar]
Nov 15, 2010 (8:06 am)
Thanks for the information. I bought a 120GB portable HD and had initial problems hooking it up through the USB connection on my vehicle. Once I formatted the drive to FAT32, the vehicle recognized my drive and I was able to play music.
You are correct, Windows would not format an external drive that is more tham 32GB so you have to use an application that would do that.