How to Hook Up an External Hard Drive to a TV

By Greyson Ferguson

Most televisions currently being produced have a built-in USB data port. This allows you to connect outside computer equipment to the television and view its contents on the large screen. Some content includes digital cameras (both still and video based), flash drives and even external hard drives. With a connected hard drive, it is possible to view both images and movies stored on the disc drive.

Things You'll Need

  • External hard drive
  • USB data cable

Step 1

Connect the external hard drive to a local power source and push the "Power" button to activate the hard drive.

Step 2

Insert the USB data cable into the USB port on the rear of the hard drive. Make sure the cable is completely inserted into the drive, otherwise the data signal is not going to reach the television.

Step 3

Plug the opposite end of the cable into the USB port on the rear of the television. Without a USB connection port, you are unable to hook up the external hard drive to the TV.

Step 4

Power on TV and press "Input" on the TV's remote control. Choose either "USB" or "Computer" (depending on the TV set you are using). The files currently stored on the drive appear on the television screen. It is now possible to select the different files with the TV's remote control the same way videos are selected on a DVD menu.