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Xbox 360 Not Playing Music Through External Hard Drive

I am streaming music through my windows media player to the xbox 360 (don't have windows media centre), and for some reason, I can only play songs through my xbox that are physically on the computer's hard drive, rather than my external one. I have added the external hard drive's songs to windows media player, but for some reason they won't show up on xbox.

Has anyone experienced this problem before?

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  • joshburris2 Mar 05, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    I have an Iomega Home Media Hard Drive that is networked through my router.  I can back up my data from PC running XP and I can share music and photo's with my Mac laptop.  What I can't do is play my music through my Xbox 360 that is connected to the same router.  The Iomega Drive shows up on my Xbox (just like my PC does), but when I open it, there are no music files or photos.  


    Can anyone please help!!?



  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    I have the eact same problem - it was fine on my old computer but the problem has started since I bought a new one. Nothing has changed with the software - still Windows XP, and still an Iomega 360gb network drive.

    Can anyone help


  • tcg25 Apr 24, 2009

    Same exact problem

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In windows media player 11, click on the small down arrow below library and select media sharing. Check the box for share my media then turn on you console. I dialog box will pop up asking you to approve file sharing. You can then customize your options for that device. If the dialog box dose not pop up you have a firewall problem. For the Iomega Media Drive, you have to use the software that came with it. Open the program click on configure, select the folders icon, and look next to your media folders and make sure DLNA is on otherwise your console cannot access those folders.

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I think you need to update your player on your xbox, even try putting them all on again.

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  • lee w Mar 20, 2009

    i think you need to update your player on your xbox, even try putting them all on again.

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