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      05-14-2017, 08:59 AM   #1
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I heard that these cars have a hard drive that you can load music from a disc or usb stick. If so what is the gb of the hard drive?
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      05-14-2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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If it does that'd be news to me. I keep my audio on a USB stick I keep plugged into the port under the armrest.
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      05-14-2017, 11:50 AM   #3
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Media -> Music Collection -> Options -> Free Memory
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Media -> Music Collection -> Options -> Free Memory
Hey! Look at that. Learn something new every day. Somehow I missed this feature.

Anyway, to answer the original question, mine says 20gig.
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Hey! Look at that. Learn something new every day. Somehow I missed this feature.

Anyway, to answer the original question, mine says 20gig.
Yeah looks like its 100GB but probably 50 are reserved for the navigation maps...

"iDrive Professional Navigation (CIC-HIGH)[edit]
BMW introduced a further update to the iDrive Professional System in late 2012, calling it the "Next Big Thing" (NBT). It was introduced in current generation cars as an option, including:
1-Series F20
2-Series F22/F23
3-Series F30
4-Series F32/F33/F36
5-Series F10
7-Series F01
The update includes extensive hardware and software changes including cosmetic enhancements, faster processor, more memory, detailed 3D maps and improved routing. In addition, the capacity of the internal HDD has been increased from 80GB to 100GB."
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      05-15-2017, 12:03 PM   #6
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If it does that'd be news to me. I keep my audio on a USB stick I keep plugged into the port under the armrest.
So get a 60gb stick then. Thanks.
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Unless things changed for 2017 (entirely possible), this is how the onboard HDD works for music:
- Only available in the Technology Package (IOW, cars without this do not have an on-board HDD dedicated to music because of what pikcachu points out: it's shared space with the Nav Pro HDD)
- Available space: 20GB
- Storage method: compressed 256Kbps MP3s. Always. No way to change that. IOW, if you rip a CD to the HDD, it downconverts the file from 1411 to 256.

For the latter reason, I do not use the HDD at all for music. The quality is worse than Spotify. YMMV, but if you've upgraded your audio at all, the difference in SQ between the HDD and CD playback -- the latter of which, by the way, has its own issues -- is striking.
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So get a 60gb stick then. Thanks.
I do that and FWIW the car will play FLAC files too

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You can check technical training docs for breakdown. HU_NBT and HU_NBT2 have different size. Be aware that importing music will compress, so do not do it will CD's & flac.
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Interesting.

I have a 2017 M240. I loaded a whole lot of FLAC songs on my hard drive from a 64G USB stick. The drive filled up very quickly, and not all the songs were transferred. This leads me to believe that there is no compression on the HD fitted to 2017 cars.

The songs sound very good.
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So, reading between the lines in that (poorly written) manual, there is no additional compression added to files written to the HD from a USB stick...

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Mine has 20gig
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I'm surporised it will play lossless format music.
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200gb Toshiba automotive grade HD in earlier NBT Evo units, 400gb in the later Evo X units. I did some digging to try to find out if the music storage got bumped up past the original 20gb with the doubling of the hard drive size, but couldn't find any information to suggest that had happened.

Also on my late build (3/21) M2c, there are no "office" apps any more (text/email), that feature seems to have been consciously removed. Also the Gracenote database also seems to be MIA - trying a bunch of common CDs produced no album/song info, and when trying to get it to search online for it, iDrive responds with a "data transfer unsuccessful" error, while all other remote services (i.e. map updates) are working fine. So I suspect this functionality was removed as well.
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