A multimedia hard drive (MMHD) is a device that acts as an external hard drive that can connect and interact with a number of different devices, including computers, game systems, and televisions. This type of hard drive is often used as storage for multimedia files, such as photographs, videos, and music. Since the hard drive can be connected to a television or other audio and video device, the files on the hard drive can then easily be played through such a device. A multimedia hard drive can connect, wirelessly if needed, to a computer or other hardware through a network connection.
Sometimes called a media center or media player, a multimedia hard drive is an external hard drive designed for use in storing and playing various media files. These typically include digital picture files, audio files, and video files. Most of these hard drives provide very large amounts of storage, though they are not necessarily designed to provide the fast transfer speeds of internal drives. This can make an MMHD effective for accessing a single file, but it may provide poor speeds when users try to access or alter multiple files simultaneously.
A multimedia hard drive typically works by connecting to various other devices, such as a computer. This allows a computer user to connect the hard drive to his or her computer, copy or transfer files from the computer onto the hard drive, and then connect that hard drive to other hardware for different purposes. The hard drive can, therefore, be used like other types of external hard drives to provide extra storage for various computer files. An MMHD is different from other external drives, however, in that it can also be connected to televisions, projectors, and video game consoles.
This means that files transferred onto a multimedia hard drive can then be viewed through a television connected to that drive, usually through a remote control provided with the hard drive. There are also network multimedia hard drives that can be connected to multiple computers at once, allowing files to be transferred to the drive from different sources, and then connected to a television for playback. A wireless MMHD can also be used for easier file transfers. This type of hard drive can be connected to a television or other viewing device, while on a wireless network, allowing file transfers from remote locations that can then be played on the connected viewing device.