For those with recent models of Ford cars you may have the SYNC in-car system. This includes a USB port for playing music stored on a compatible device.
However, there have been a lot of queries about the maximum capacity of the USB devices that you can attach. Many believe it is 32GB but this is based on the fact that SYNC only works with FAT32 devices and Windows won’t format in FAT when greater than 32GB.
The simple solution is to use software, such as FAT 32 Formatter , which will format a drive to FAT32, whatever its size.
I’ve read of people using 320GB hard drives. However, these are slow to index. I’m using a 64GB memory stick and, although quick, there are too many tracks for the voice recognition to work with it (something Samantha 1 reminds me of everytime I start the car up. Sometimes twice). Also, many hard drives will require more power than a single USB connection can provide. So, it’s possible, but just be aware of the limitation of using such high storage capacities.
I’m also using a USB 3 memory stick – although SYNC is only compatible with USB 2, USB 3 is backwards compatible and does work fine.
- that’s the name of the female voice that SYNC uses, if you didn’t know