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    Is it possible to put a DVD onto a flash drive?
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    why not? your typical dvd is over 4 gb so you'll need a large one, but dvd's are only composed of files that can be stored on anything, as long as the encryption is removed.
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    Flash drives almost all use the FAT32 file system so your file size is limited to 4GB, which means putting a DVD ISO is usually not possible, but you can certainly put the video_ts folder on a flash drive so long as no single file is more than 4 GB. Windows Vista supports a modified version of FAT32 for external drives that supports files larger than 4GB but that file system is only supported by Vista.
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    Yes you can store a DVD on a flash drive. I know of nothing that will play it as a DVD.

    At best, you can play the individual vob files.
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    Originally Posted by festmaster
    Flash drives almost all use the FAT32 file system so your file size is limited to 4GB, which means putting a DVD ISO is usually not possible, but you can certainly put the video_ts folder on a flash drive so long as no single file is more than 4 GB.
    DVD VOBs are all 1 GB or less, so they can be copied onto FAT32, NTFS, etc.

    The question is, what do you do with it?
    You can certainly play a VIDEO_TS folder on a PC, regardless of file system.
    (E.g., with VLC, MPC.)
    Stand-alone players, who knows, it's not a standard feature.
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    festmaster
    Flash drives almost all use the FAT32 file system so your file size is limited to 4GB,
    Flash drives can be reformated as NTFS if they are large enough. Well I think they can. I have reformed FAT16 drives to FAT32. At 1GB Windows XP wouldn't allow NTFS. It sure cut down on the space wasted on slack due to the large number of small files I had on the drives.

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    At best, you can play the individual vob files.
    VLC should have no problems playing the whole DVD on a flash drive. It will even play an ISO. Of course that will take at least a 8GB drive for most DVDs. And maybe a reformat to NTFS.
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    Originally Posted by Megahurts
    Yes you can store a DVD on a flash drive. I know of nothing that will play it as a DVD.

    At best, you can play the individual vob files.

    powerdvd, vlc, and mpc all played a dvd off a flash drive just fine. i just copied the video_ts folder onto it and it's as good as a disc.
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    Originally Posted by Megahurts
    Yes you can store a DVD on a flash drive. I know of nothing that will play it as a DVD.
    The Western Digital media player referenced here
    http://forum.videohelp.com/topic358929.html
    will play it and it supports NTFS on flash drives with no problem.
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    The assumption is the USB drive and cable can keep up
    with the computer app.

    A DVD in an internal DVD drive may have faster throughput
    than one on a USB drive.
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  10. Originally Posted by jman98 View Post
    Originally Posted by Megahurts
    Yes you can store a DVD on a flash drive. I know of nothing that will play it as a DVD.
    The Western Digital media player referenced here
    http://forum.videohelp.com/topic358929.html
    will play it and it supports NTFS on flash drives with no problem.
    And many other standalone media players. Seagate FreeAgent Theater, Popbox, Boxee Box, etc.
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  11. Originally Posted by hoccomocco View Post
    A DVD in an internal DVD drive may have faster throughput
    than one on a USB drive.
    You have to go back pretty far to get flash drives that can't play at DVD 1x speed.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    Originally Posted by hoccomocco View Post
    A DVD in an internal DVD drive may have faster throughput
    than one on a USB drive.
    You have to go back pretty far to get flash drives that can't play at DVD 1x speed.
    And it isn't likely an 8GB one at that...
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    Originally Posted by hoccomocco View Post
    A DVD in an internal DVD drive may have faster throughput
    than one on a USB drive.
    You have to go back pretty far to get flash drives that can't play at DVD 1x speed.
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    I suggest reformatting your flash drive to NTFS; more storage, more stable file system, no 4gig file size limit.
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  15. Originally Posted by ranchhand View Post
    I suggest reformatting your flash drive to NTFS; more storage, more stable file system, no 4gig file size limit.
    And less compatibility.
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    And less compatibility.
    So buy one for the things that need Fat32 and have another for NTFS. Linux reads NTFS these days. So does the Mac.

    Didn't anyone besides me notice that this thread was 2 YEARS old? 2 years ago it made more sense to stick with FAT32 for all flash drives.

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    Does Sony Google TV Play VOB Files, I would like to do this and use dvdfab or something like it that is compatible with flash drives. Can flash drives be mounted to emulate a dvd drive? John
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    Dear RBCC, if you really want that question answered why did you resurrect this twice dead thread to ask that in. It isn't about Google TV as that did not exist the last time this thread was raised from the dead.

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    These and other burning questions need answers. I must know the secret of Raising Dead Threads. Especially Twice Dead Threads as I want to Raise a Thread on the Greatfull Dead about how I can raise the dead from a slice of Jerry's even longer dead finger. Do no ask how I obtained the section of finger as I paid dark prices for it. The answers would destroy all but the strongest of geek minds.

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  19. Nevermind, old thread.
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    Well, I have to say that Elhlred's post is certainly the most entertaining thing I've seen on the forums in some time. Nicely done!
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  21. Hi,

    I have written a software, an exe on Windows and an app on Mac that will get the VIDEO_TS folder from the USB and play the content with the menu preserved. It's essentially a bundle of the VLC video player. You can place the software on the USB with the VIDEO_TS folder on the same USB so there is no need to install any program on the computer. I think this is the best way to distribute old DVD content on USB drive.

    You can download the software from CNET download or the link in my signature.
    Play DVD on USB with no software installation.
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    I googled it and found it. I didn't realize that I created a Lazarus on this!
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  23. Originally Posted by newcyberianDVD View Post
    I have written a software, an exe on Windows and an app on Mac that will get the VIDEO_TS folder from the USB and play the content with the menu preserved. It's essentially a bundle of the VLC video player.
    Under Windows you can simply start VLC with an autorun.inf. No need for any other software.
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  24. Yes, you can simulate CD\DVD storage type with USB flash drive - this is common practice - you need special tool to configure USB to FLASH bridge - after this you will be able to boot and use USB flashdrive as normal USB CD\DVD drive (read only).
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    What is the special tool?
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  26. Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    Under Windows you can simply start VLC with an autorun.inf. No need for any other software.
    True, for you a computer savvy guy what you said can be easily done. But if you were to distribute a lot of USB drives you won't expect and shouldn't require the recipients of your USB drive to install VLC. That's why I have bundled the VLC portable versions of PC and Mac to eliminate such requirement.
    Play DVD on USB with no software installation.
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  27. Originally Posted by RBCC View Post
    What is the special tool?
    Special tool provided by vendor of the USB controller SoC - usually simple USB flashdrives are very complex SoC's and they can have various functionality controlled over this special software.

    You can start on this page searching for information's and tools http://www.flashdrive-repair.com/ - sadly i must say those tools are with Chinese documentation (as most of vendors are from Taiwan).

    This kind of configuration is common for free advertisement flashdrives (they can be used as R/W devices only partially as usually one of partitions is Read only and it emulate CD).

    It is not so easy to change but possible - i bought in past a very cheap flashdrives and restored them to full capacity by such software.
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    Originally Posted by jjis View Post
    Is it possible to put a DVD onto a flash drive?
    Absolutely!

    VOB on fat32, ISO on ntfs formatted drives. I have an older 'Asus' Eee pc. which I have taken to jury duty to use as a (dvd) media player. (Thats about all its good for!) I have 'WinDvd' installed, works just dandy for this. Flash drives work ok, but I prefer SD cards, they dont stick out from the Eee. 16 gigs holds 3 of most movies 'uncompressed'

    Typically it takes a long time to copy to the card/flash, reads much faster from card/flash. I have never had problems with media lagging behind playback. (I only have that problem online!)

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    (edit) -> (I forgot to mention, with WinDVD, I 'mount' the images to Slysoft's 'Virtual clone drive')
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  29. Originally Posted by newcyberianDVD View Post
    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    Under Windows you can simply start VLC with an autorun.inf. No need for any other software.
    True, for you a computer savvy guy what you said can be easily done. But if you were to distribute a lot of USB drives you won't expect and shouldn't require the recipients of your USB drive to install VLC. That's why I have bundled the VLC portable versions of PC and Mac to eliminate such requirement.
    You don't have to install VLC. You said you're including it on the flash drive. VLC can run as a portable (not installed) application.
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