Fire TV Edition televisions can access SD Card and USB Drive simultaneously, but not two USB Drives

The SD Card slot on the Element Fire TV Edition televisions is treated as the primary port for external storage, since it’s the only one that can be used to store apps, however, a USB drive connected to the USB port is just as accessible from within 3rd-party apps. The only catch is that you cannot have a USB Drive connected to each of the two USB ports simultaneously.

The television will mount both an SD card and a USB drive simultaneously, but if you try to connect a second USB drive while one is already connected, regardless of whether you have an SD card plugged in, the operating system will ignore the second USB drive. Both USB ports can be used simultaneously, but just not for external storage. You can, for example, use a USB peripheral, like a game controller or keyboard, with one USB port and have a USB drive connected to the other USB port just fine. You can also connect a USB hub to either USB port, in order to connect additional USB peripherals, but again, only one USB drive will be mounted by the OS at a time, even if you have two connected to a USB hub.

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4 comments
  1. D G says:

    Where is the SD slot, is it a micro?

  2. JEHart says:

    I want media storage for KODI, what can I use the usb 3.0 port for?
    NTFS hard drive up to 4TB?
    FAT32 hard drive to ? GB?
    USB 3.0 thumb drive?

    What can I use the usb 2.0 port for besides keyboard and/or mouse?

    What can I use the SD card for besides apps?

    I will not open my 55″ Element box unless/until I can find answers to these questions. Thank you in advance.

    • AFTVnews says:

      Both the 2.0 and 3.0 USB ports can be used to connect external hard drives and thumb drives. If the drive is USB 3.0, then you’ll obviously want to connect it to the USB 3.0 port for better performance, but the USB 2.0 port can also read data. Only FAT32 formatted drives will work. Other than drives, you can connect mice, keyboards, FLIRC, and game controllers to either USB port.

      The SD card can be used to store aps, extend the recording time for live TV, and can also be read by any app, just like the USB ports.

      Kodi can access media storage from both USB ports (but not simultaneously) and the SD card. You can have an SD card and a USB drive connected at the same time and Kodi can access both, but you cannot have two USB drives connected at the same time.

      I hope that helps you open your box ;-).

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