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Old June 20th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Iconia A500 cant browse through USB flash drive

Hi guys,

i just got myself an iconia a500.

I installed Astro and File manager HD.

but when i plug in my thumb drive, it cannot detect the thumb drive and this is driving me crazy.

I have formatted my thumb drive to fat32 and it still wont detect it

what is the problem.

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IIRC, with the stock kernel you can only use the flash drive for media transport right now. You would use the Clear.fi app to access the media on the flash drive.
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IIRC, with the stock kernel you can only use the flash drive for media transport right now. You would use the Clear.fi app to access the media on the flash drive.
Did you install the USB driver from Acer? If not you need to download from their site.
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USB driver for what? We're not talking about connecting to a PC, we're talking about plugging a USB drive into the tablet.
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File manager HD.
On the panel at the left tap Storage.

On the panel at the top right press the Up arrow until the first directory entry is asec. Now scroll down through the directory and you should see usb_storage. Tap usb_storage and you should see your data.
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Did you install the USB driver from Acer?
Just to be very clear - the driver is to allow the A500 to been seen as a storage device for a Windows PC.
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Just to be very clear - the driver is to allow the A500 to been seen as a storage device for a Windows PC.
He wanted to hook up a thumb drive to a USB port not to a PC. Different port.
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He wanted to hook up a thumb drive to a USB port not to a PC.
On this point we agree. No additional drivers are required on the A500 for that to work.

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Different port.
Yes indeed the micro USB port would be used to connect the A500 to a host device. If that host device is a Windows PC then you will (may) need the driver.

Maybe that's more clear.
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Comments from weirdo12 WORKS!!!!!!
So, you need file manager HD, and follow the instructions.
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Actually! You can use any file manager! Astro, etc.....
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If you have ES File manager it's easy to access all your drives. Open it and you see the folders on your machine. In the tool bar at the top on the left side is an icon of a house. Click on it and you'll see your main files, click on the MNT folder and it gives you access you all your drives. Internal, external MSD and USB.
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I actually found that some USB flash drives are not supported by Iconia...
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Those flash drives are probably formatted with NTFS format. Android does not recognize that format. You can root and install Drive Mount. Or reformat the USB drives to FAT32. I already rooted my device, so I won't be reformatting my USB drives. But those that choose not to root will need to back up the data on the USB drive and format as FAT32.
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Aparently the problem with reading NTFS thumb drives was resolved with the update to 3.1. I bought a 32 gig thumb drive online and loaded files on it and it worked great on the A500 without reformatting.
Now I'm just waiting for my 32 gig SD card to come in and I'll be in Acer heaven!!!
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If you have ES File manager it's easy to access all your drives. Open it and you see the folders on your machine. In the tool bar at the top on the left side is an icon of a house. Click on it and you'll see your main files, click on the MNT folder and it gives you access you all your drives. Internal, external MSD and USB.
What does MNT stand for? Is it an acronym for something?
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USB drive support is available. Using Astro or another file management app visit /mnt/usb_storage
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What does MNT stand for? Is it an acronym for something?
MNT = Mount
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MNT = Mount
Thanks. I should have worked that out....
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I can't seem to get the USB port to recognize my thumb drive it works in my friends a500 though I have looked for the files as mentioned above any suggestions?
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Did you get a file manager?
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thankyou for this thread. I had the same problem with accessing USB as well. All your advice is great!
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Had the same problem here thanks for the help
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Default Sandisk Cruzer 8gb not recognized

Similar problem: 8gb Sandidk usb stick (fat32) is not recognized by my Acer Iconia.
Camera's, a Verbatim 1gb stick and even a 32gb micro-sd in an adapter (all fat 32 as well): those all work fine. But not that Sandisk-stick. And this same stick is recognized by my desktop-win7(64) as well as laptop-xp. But on the Iconia... nothing, even with the help of ES-fileeplorer and/or Astro. So: are there incompatible usb-sticks?


Update: the stick is recognized when I bootup th Iconia with the stick inserted.
Remove the stick and put it back again and the thing is not recognized anymore.
Weird?
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have you tried remounting it by going to the storage tab in settings?
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have you tried remounting it by going to the storage tab in settings?
Hey, that 's a good idea! Works. Thanks.
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Default NEW ICONIA 500 Owner... questions re: itunes? flash drive?

Hi All, I just got an Iconia 500 tablet and love it, however, I am alittle lost. Can and how do I install itunes? Is their an app for it? Can I install my printer? I also want to buy additional memory - 32gb sd card, but someone said get a flash drive, and then someone said get both. I thought the tablet only held 32gb? If i get both, that's 64gb?! Which is better? Also, can I put files on here? Im used to a windows file structure. I have files from my laptop. Please help. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi Klassy70,
I,m not sure about itunes on Android . There are various apps that let you sync your itunes tracks with your tab, but as far as I know there's no itunes for android.
You could check out Remote for itunes (trial)
https://market.android.com/details?id=hyperfine.hftunes
or search in the Android Market for itunes. I can't help much more with this as I'm not a big itunes user.

In Android you don't install Printers like in Windows. There are various apps that let you print. Best way is to search the market for the brand of printer you have eg Epson, HP or just search "Print".

You can put in a microSD card, up to 32 Gb. You can also use the USB port for external drives, thumb drives or portable hard drives.
I have a 16Gb micro SD which I leave in my tablet and I also attach USB thumb drives or my WD Passport 500Gb hard drive whenever I need to. That's the really great thing about the USB port on this tab.

For transferring files you will need to install a File manager App.
I use File Manager HD, but there are several other good ones. I really don't know why Acer doesn't include a file manager in the stock system. My Samsung phone does.

When you plug in a USB drive it doesn't pop up a Window like windows, you have to look for it in the File manager.
In FileManager HD I go to the storage icon and then go up one level and there are folder icons for external-sd and usb-storage. You can also bookmark these for next time.

Hope that helps
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There is also the option of connecting it to your Windows PC and after the 3.2 update you can see every file on your tab with the PC. You can move files from folder to folder , add and remove files and such. You can see all your drives that way including the usb, external sd and the internal drive.
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There is also the option of connecting it to your Windows PC and after the 3.2 update you can see every file on your tab with the PC. You can move files from folder to folder , add and remove files and such. You can see all your drives that way including the usb, external sd and the internal drive.
You're probably right; it is an option, and you could use a second computer to manipulate the files on the tablet.

Or you could just get a File Manager app and then you can "move files from folder to folder , add and remove files and such. You can see all your drives that way including the usb, external sd and the internal drive" without connecting any cables or waiting for your windows PC (assuming you have one) to boot up.

Using File Manager HD I can access files on networked PC's or my NAS as if they were on the tablet.
The A500 comes with a cable for connecting to a PC but I've never taken mine out of the box.
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Where/how do I get the 3.2 update? But first, how do I determine whether or not I have 3.1 or 3.2?
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Look in Settings/About tablet. It will list the Android OS version in use there.

I got A500 for Xmas, and was pushed the OTA 3.2.1 update from its original 3.2.0 within a day or two.
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My A500 won't read thumb drives. My wife's A500 reads the thumb drives just fine. I have verified my A500 has the latest system updates installed; the thumb drives are FAT32 formatted; I've tried 3 different File programs (all report no files when I try to read the USB_device). I can transfer data from my laptop to/from the tablet BUT that is using a different port than the thumb drives use.

I'm about ready to reinstall the system & reinstall all my apps but was hoping to find some other ideas/suggestions before taking that drastic a step. Any ideas??
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My A500 won't read thumb drives. My wife's A500 reads the thumb drives just fine. I have verified my A500 has the latest system updates installed; the thumb drives are FAT32 formatted; I've tried 3 different File programs (all report no files when I try to read the USB_device). I can transfer data from my laptop to/from the tablet BUT that is using a different port than the thumb drives use.

I'm about ready to reinstall the system & reinstall all my apps but was hoping to find some other ideas/suggestions before taking that drastic a step. Any ideas??
Check the pins of the USB port on your A500. I had the same problem until I realized that the USB stick I was using had bent one of the pins in the port. I straightened it out and now use a different thumb drive and am careful when plugging one in.
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My A500 won't read thumb drives. My wife's A500 reads the thumb drives just fine. I have verified my A500 has the latest system updates installed; the thumb drives are FAT32 formatted; I've tried 3 different File programs (all report no files when I try to read the USB_device). I can transfer data from my laptop to/from the tablet BUT that is using a different port than the thumb drives use.

I'm about ready to reinstall the system & reinstall all my apps but was hoping to find some other ideas/suggestions before taking that drastic a step. Any ideas??
Did you try re-mounting USB STORAGE as suggested in post #24 above?
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Check the pins of the USB port on your A500. I had the same problem until I realized that the USB stick I was using had bent one of the pins in the port. I straightened it out and now use a different thumb drive and am careful when plugging one in.
I will look into this. Thank you.
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Did you try re-mounting USB STORAGE as suggested in post #24 above?
Yes I did and it still said there were no files.
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If you have ES File manager it's easy to access all your drives. Open it and you see the folders on your machine. In the tool bar at the top on the left side is an icon of a house. Click on it and you'll see your main files, click on the MNT folder and it gives you access you all your drives. Internal, external MSD and USB.
I have es file manager and I don't have the icon of the house. I'm guessing I'm already in my main files because I can see them, however I do not see a MNT folder (I have the flash drive mounted) am I doing something wrong?
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I had this problem until I figured out that in the Settings panel of whatever file manager you are using, there should be an option as such:
(Using ES File Manager as example)

Home directory

Tap it and, then change the current home directory from :
/sdcard/

To:
/mnt/

Now, when ever you open ES File Manager, it will start your navigation point at a higher level in the folder tree. You should now see these folders:

asec , external_sd , obb , sd card , secure , usb_storage

Pick appropriately from there.` This seems universal across the 3 different file explorers I have tried.
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Default Can't get Sandisk Cruzer Micro 16GB to show up on Iconia

Hi, I have an Acer Iconia A501 and a Sandisk Cruzer Micro 16GB USB. When I stick my USB into the tablet, a 'Preparing USB storage' message popups for about half a second and then disappears very quickly afterwards. The tablet is brand new and recognises other USBs. My USB is FAT32 formatted and I have tried everything mentioned above but have had no luck.
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Which file exploring app are you using to try to see the files on the USB stick?
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I've used Astro and File Manager and nothing shows up in the usb_storage folder
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Did you try, after connecting the USB stick, going into Settings-Storage and un-mount, then once that is completed, re-mount the storage? I find that I sometimes have to do that to get all the files on my removable SD card to list, so it might also help with a USB memory stick.

I am guessing you are running the stock ROM. I am not, and the dev who created my ROM rearranged and renamed some of the folder tree, so I don't see the same names you are seeing. That said, the folder tree Honeycomb uses is a bit convoluted. It shows for example multiple instances of the SD card files under multiple folder listings with different names. Some appear to simply 'mirror' the files in another folder. If the above doesn't help, I would look into every possible path that hints at listing USB or removable or external files. It may be someplace unexpected that is showing the files on the stick. They may be in /mnt path, or maybe some path directly from the root folder.

If none of this helps, post again and I'll mount a USB stick and tell you where my files show up. It might help you find yours.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I don't get the option to re-mount in Settings. The problem is that when I connect my USB, it disconnects in an instant. I get the mount option in Settings which when I press it, does what it would do when I plug my USB in - displays a message saying 'Preparing USB' for a flash of a second. I know the USB folder on my tablet is the usb_storage one because other USBs work and show up there.
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Hi, I have the same problem of "anthonycr".
I have a 32Gb HAMA pendrive, FAT32 formatting, only one file inside.
Form my laptop it works perfectly, when I insert into Tablet it says "detecting" and then nothing.
On Astro it says (directory is empty)
On settings I see the option "Mount...." if i click it it does something for a second than "Mount..." returns
I tried connecting other USB sticks and they work fine (8Gb and 16Gb) also my LG external HD (320Gb) and WD (500Gb) works fine....
I tried starting the tablet with pendrive inserted but nothing...
Maybe this HAMA 32Gb USB stick is not compatible?
An help on this issue will be appreciate
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On the panel at the left tap Storage.

On the panel at the top right press the Up arrow until the first directory entry is asec. Now scroll down through the directory and you should see usb_storage. Tap usb_storage and you should see your data.
Good Lord is it a pain in the patootie to do something as simple as locate a video file on a flash drive. Thanks to your on topic post, I downloaded FMHD and there it was, just like you said. Much appreciated.
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I just bought a Patroit 32GB flash drive, loaded it up with some files. It would not mount, same problem as others, detecting then nothing. Complete reformat as FAT32 then added some files. Plugged it in and within a few seconds it detected and loaded the USB drive. Must have been something wrong with the factory format. Remember do a complete format not a fast format, It will take about an hour to reformat a 32GB drive.
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