Smart TVs - recording on memory stick

6 Jul 2004
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The instructions for the Samsung Series 5 Smart TV suggest that recordings should only be made on a USB portable hard drive unit, and they seem to discourage the use of memory sticks for that purpose.

As many members may have treated themselves to a Smart TV for Christmas, I just want to put on record that I have had complete success in recording on memory sticks. In fact I now keep one plugged in and record whenever I want, or book in a future recording from the programme guide. However, an 8GB memory stick holds only 3 hours of non-HD, so the bigger the better - they're so cheap nowadays.

It is important to have one with the best possible read and write speed. There's a very good website, which lists actual speeds rather than those claimed by manufacturers.

The stick will be formatted by the TV at the first use. Occasionally after formatting you will get a message saying that it is too slow to use. If you switch off, remove the stick, switch back on, insert the stick and then run a speed test (Tools), it is often fine from then on!

Perhaps others can share their experiences here, as to which sticks they have found OK for the purpose. I have had success with SanDisk Cruzer and Integral Neon - but they MUST be USB 2.0, NOT 3.0.

USB sticks are also an excellent way of showing your photos and videos on the TV.

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Transcend Jetflash 770 16 Gb memory stick passes the Samsung smart tv test as fast enough to record and seems to do so reliably. I have also had success with a SDHC card mounted in a usb card reader. If using SD cards, use class 6 or higher. Despite what some people say, you can use a usb 3.0 device, although the tv will probably only use in in usb 2.0 mode. Note that write speeds may be lower in usb 2.0 mode and in any case the manufacturer's claimed write speed is a maximum, and what matters is the write speed that can be maintained over the length of the recording.

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