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Need Technical Help   The Online You: Internet Life

Started 11/9/20 by kizmet1; 2832 views.

Does the Win10 or Vista computer have a USB port? 2 USB ports?

If the HD out of the DTV box can be hooked up to a USB to SATA adapter cable / circuit board, then it ought to plug into a USB port and show up as a data drive. Plug a USB thumb into another USB port, and it should also show up as a disk drive.

Then just copy the files across.

Beware that a DVD also is limited to 4.7 gigabytes, same as the FAT32 file size limit.

So if any files on the HD are greater than 4.7 GB, to get them copied to a USB thumb, you'll have to format the USB thumb with an NTFS so it won't truncate your videos.

Then you can easily mail a USB thumb. You can pack a LOT of videos onto a 64 to 128 gb thumb, compared to how much hassle it is to burn a DVD.

Believe me, I've been down that road, and compared to how I do it now, it's a pain in the butt.

To directly watch the files, I'd strongly recommend they download and install VLC player. It digests nearly every video format I've thrown at it, and it behaves virtually identical on Windows or LInux platforms.

Someone gives me USB thumb drives and I fill them up with videos.


From: kizmet1


It is just one hour I want to put on a disc for posterity. Yes, all my computers have the ports, you suggested. There is also a 2 ended cord I have.
Can I just use a cord that fits my converter box on one end and plug the small end into my phone or tablet?

They definitely make one of these cords. It lets the phone's USB port function like a USB master, and then it can talk to another USB enabled device.

Then you can transfer it to something with a DVD burner to mail them the media.


From: kizmet1


I not only have a computer yo burn a DVD with, I have a fancy Sylvania VCR/DVD burner with very littlle use. Cost $50 on clearance. No one else wanted it. Sure, VHS were going out of style but the DVD burner was still there.

If it can read the video file from the HD, then burning the DVD should be relatively easy.


From: kizmet1


I thought of that but I do not know
the address of the person I am making it for. It is a matter of privacy. I have not turned on my computer in years but I suppose I could transfer the show to it and then put it on my tablet. It is the Vista with a tv screen.
I want to return to the nice
slow paced life I had before computers were invented.
kizmet1 said:

I have not turned on my computer in years but I suppose I could transfer the show to it and then put it on my tablet. It is the Vista with a tv screen.

If it's running Vista, it might not support the more modern video formats.

Usually i just fill up a USB thumb and hand it to the person to take home and watch.


From: kizmet1


You are such a "kiljoy"
Who was Joy"

From: kizmet1


I also have a Windows 10 laptop.

From: Showtalk


I was going to say Killjoy was here, but that was Kilroy.