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How to run Fire TV apps from an External USB Drive

24th June 2014, 06:37 AM   |  #1  
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After trying a whole bunch of methods, here is the best way I've found to free up internal storage by moving apps to an external drive.

Complete step-by-step Guide with screenshots

tl;dr version:
1. Mount the drive with StickMount
2. Move the files and "trick" the Fire TV with FolderMount
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24th June 2014, 09:49 AM   |  #2  
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does this work with XBMC?
those thumbnails are filling up the internal memory really fast
24th June 2014, 01:15 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by jadflat

does this work with XBMC?
those thumbnails are filling up the internal memory really fast

You don't have run xbmc from an Ext. HDD, but rather use an advancedsettings.xml file to change the path where thumbnails are stored.

Here's what I did:

My HDD is formatted to Fat32 and I've created a folder on the root of the HDD called, "xbmcthumbnails". I've also used stickmount to mount the HDD.

I've created my advancedsettings.xml, and I've added the following lines to it:
Code:
<advancedsettings>
   <pathsubstitution>
      <substitute> 
         <from>/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc/files/.xbmc/userdata/Thumbnails/</from>
         <to>/storage/emulated/0/usbstorage/sda1/xbmcthumbnails/</to>
      </substitute>
   </pathsubstitution>
</advancedsettings>
Save it to "Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc/files/.xbmc/userdata/" on your firetv.

Success! Thumbnail images will now be saved/stored on your Ext HDD, in the xbmcthumbnails folder.
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24th June 2014, 02:09 PM   |  #4  
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Originally Posted by jadflat

does this work with XBMC?
those thumbnails are filling up the internal memory really fast

Yes, you can move XBMC's data with this method. But since XBMC is so customizable, modifying advancedsettings.xml like JJ-KwiK suggests is a better option.
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awesome, thank you!
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Sweet! Thanks for the guide.
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So this guide will let you run apps from an external?? Sweet i need to buy a new one lol.. Thanks


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Yes, you can move XBMC's data with this method. But since XBMC is so customizable, modifying advancedsettings.xml like JJ-KwiK suggests is a better option.

xbmc run well from external drive
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Hi Guys

Just need some input w.r.t. flash drives and external drives.

What is the biggest size flash drive or external drive we can use on the AFTV?
Fat32 or NTFS file system?
Do you need a powered multi usb device to make the external drive work?
Must you use a powered external drive to make it work in the fire tv?

Hope someone can clear it up.

I connected a non powered multi usb device on the fire tv. the Rii keyboard with bluetooth usb and my 4gb flash both worked on it, but my 1.5TB 2.5" does not want to pick it up.
27th June 2014, 10:41 AM   |  #10  
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Originally Posted by Stevie G

Hi Guys

Just need some input w.r.t. flash drives and external drives.

What is the biggest size flash drive or external drive we can use on the AFTV?
Fat32 or NTFS file system?
Do you need a powered multi usb device to make the external drive work?
Must you use a powered external drive to make it work in the fire tv?

I'm using a 32GB USB Flash Drive and it works. It's NTFS. Spinning disk must be powered externally for both 2.5" or 3.5".

External SSD might work unpowered....I don't have a drive to test this theory.

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