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Is there any way of playing movies on the Xbox from an external hard drive?

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questions about interfacing a game console to another computer for media playback are fine. questions about connecting a hard-drive to an Xbox via, say, USB, are not. since this doesn't specify i'm inclined to reopen it. –  quack quixote Apr 19 '10 at 22:16

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Yes, there is. Use a DLNA server to expose those files. One example may be a machine with Windows Media Center. Another (which is what I'm using) is a NAS server. All my media files are available to my Xbox 360.

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what OS are you running on your NAS server? what software provides the DLNA services? details are good. :) –  quack quixote Apr 19 '10 at 22:18
    
I'm using a D-Link DNS 323. It comes with a version of Linux and a DLNA server pre-installed. The internet is full of hacks, allowing you to run whatever you want on it, if you don't like the original (which works great for me). –  Traveling Tech Guy Apr 19 '10 at 22:57

Directly plugging a usb hard drive into the Xbox if it is under 512GB and in FAT32 will play video formats in "system video player".

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