Turn off the power to the receiver and unplug the hard drive from the electrical outlet.
Attach one end of the USB cable to the port on the side of the hard drive. The plug inserts with the arrow side facing up.
Push in the plug on the other end of the cable to the USB port on your receiver. Some receivers are equipped with a port on the front for a more convenient connection.
Plug in the electrical cord for the hard drive and turn on the component.
Turn on the receiver and select USB input on the control knob on the front of the receiver, or press the input button on the receiver's remote control.
Browse the stored files on the hard drive using the receiver's LCD display and the navigation buttons on the remote control.