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What To Do If Your Roku Media Streaming Player Is Not Recognizing The External USB Drive?

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There are some Roku media player models that support external USB drive through port given behind it. You can play local photo, audio, and video files from the external drive.

Now, we will discuss why your Roku media player is not recognizing the external USB drive and what to do to fix the same.

  1. USB drive file system format not supported

USB drives are formatted with different file systems. Roku media players support different formats like FAT16, FAT32, EXT3, EXT2, NTFS and HFS file systems. If you have recently purchased a new USB drive, then it may be formatted with the exFAT file system. This format is not at all supported by Roku media player.

If you don’t know which format your drive has, then you can insert it into the USB port of the computer and check through the ‘Properties’ option.

  1. No sufficient power in a USB drive

Some drives required more power while some require less power depending on the size of the USB drive. If your drive has an external power adapter, then must connect it to the adapter.

If you are connecting the USB drive with the Roku player, then it may not draw enough power from it and you will get the message on the screen. You will find the following message on the screen: ‘Insufficient power’ or red light flashes on the device.

How to fix it?

  1. Connect the external drive to the power adapter.
  2. If no external adapter is available, then use a powered USB hub to provide power to it.

How to connect the USB drive to the powered USB hub?

Some powered USB hubs require special ‘Order of operation’ to work efficiently. If you are still getting the message or error from the USB drive, then follow the below mentioned steps.

  • Connect the USB hub to the port of your Roku media player.
  • Turn on the power to the USB hub.
  • Connect the USB drive to the USB hub.

Method 2

  • Connect the drive to the USB hub
  • Power on your USB hub.
  • Wait for 5 seconds.
  • Connect the USB hub to the USB port to power up the Roku player.

For non-powered USB hub

If you are using the non-powered USB connected to the USB port in Roku player, then try the following:

  • Disconnect the hub and connect the drive directly to the media player.
  • Disconnect the devices connected to the USB hub.
  • Replace the non-powered USB hub with a powered hub.


There are some tips that you can follow as are provided by the technical experts.

  1. In general only USB 3 works with the USB 2 Roku media players.
  2. When we use Ext2 and 3 Linux file systems, the permissions must be enabled for reading.
  3. You can check the table for the amount of different types of data that Roku players supply.
  4. Compare the data with the non-powered USB devices.

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