RNS-510 Hard Disk

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  1. Pacman

    Pacman New Member

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    Hard disk is not highlighted in the Media section and can not be accessed. I read the RNS-510 manual and could not figure out how to access the hard drive. If any device is connected to the head unit it should be highlighted. Bluetooth Audio, Ipod and CD get highlighted once connected but Internal HDD does not. I checked the capacity and it is 18 GIG. Navigation works fine too.
    Do I have a bad unit?
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  2. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    Do you have anything loaded on it?
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    monstersinc1 New Member

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    Chitty is correct, you have to put something on it to see it. Put some music on a SD card and copy it on. You can also view hard disk info in the "secret menu" if you use VCDS to enable the diagnostic menu bit.
  4. Pacman

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    Tried copying a file to it but the Function button does not appear. Without a function button you can not load anything to it. It all started when I wanted to copy my CDs.
  5. chittychittybangbang

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    Try this, insert a SD card, when on the SD card menu, open the submenu which should say copy. navigate to location you want to drop the file or folder and then it will be on the HDD.
  6. Pacman

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    Thanks Chitty, I did that last night and it worked. I took it to the dealer yesterday and they could not figure it out. He said bring your car back in the morning and we call VW to see what the problem is. Looks like you can only load from SD card. Thanks again for your help. Now I love my Passat even more.
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    glenroebuck New Member

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    can you copy videos or just music?
  8. hswan

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    Just got my 2013, and I have the same problem. Cannot copy files from either a flash drive or the CD. Guess I'll have to buy an SD card and see if that works. Once there are files on the HDD, can you copy from the flash/CD?

    Howard
  9. LokiWolf

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    I have copied from a CD/DVD on my 2013. I did most of my copying using an SD card though. The files on the CD/DVD have to be MP3's or WMA for music. It will not "rip" a music CD to the HDD.

    I have not tried videos...I will give it a try tomorrow.

    -Loki
  10. lwt42

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    The RNS-510 won't "rip" (copy) music CDs. You have to rip them on a computer and either burn a data disk or use an SD card.

    You can also put music on a USB flash drive if you have the right MDI cable.

    There are file name limits on the hard disk that don't exist on other media. I've decided to just play my tunes off of the SD card.
  11. hswan

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    Yep, I have the USB cable also, the dealer wanted $72, got it on amazon for $22. Even the sales guy said not to get it from parts. But although the files play fine, and you can see all the folders, you STILL cannot copy from the flash to the HDD. Will be getting the SD card next week and will try that.
    The CDs I use are all mp3 or wma, burned to disk, but still won't copy over. Just another example of the manual being behind the updates, I guess, like the lack of voice commands for anything but the phone.
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    lwt42 Well-Known Member

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    The fact that you can't copy from USB flash is documented. Not sure why, but it says so.

    I haven't tried to burn an MP3 and copy it. I've been using Audio Grabber, ripping to a folder on my desktop and copying that to the SD card. I'm no where near the card capacity -- 4 gig.

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