mount external USB thumb drive?


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  1. JimmyTheSaint

    JimmyTheSaint Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Is it possible to mount an external USB thumb drive to access its data from a file browser on the phone? I tried plugging one of my USB drives into a USB-to-microUSB adapter and plugging that into the phone, but it didn't mount anywhere. I've searched for info on this but I can't find any discussions about it.
     

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    messenger13 Well-Known Member

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    There was a thread awhile back about a few people that got this to work ... but they had to jump through some major hoops to get it to work. I was successful in making a cable and I could see that my thumbdrive could be seen by the DROID, but that's as far as I got. I couldn't move files on/off my thumbdrive.

    I am sure that we will see this feature in the future. I just don't know when.
     
  3. JimmyTheSaint

    JimmyTheSaint Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hmm, until there's more demand for this feature it may not happen. You would think a lot of people would want this convenience, but I couldn't find it discussed anywhere. Do you know where there's a thread where people describe what they did?
     
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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    The same can be said for FM radio, though, and the device (hardware) supports it natively...just not in the OS as far as drivers are concerned.
     
  5. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Well-Known Member

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    Isn't this a matter of the Micro USB port acting as a USB host vs a USB slave? I thought we determined a while ago that this can't be fixed because Motorola's bootloader is so stripped-down.

    I could be wrong though.
     
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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    I am not positive, but my suspicion is that the OS can support it if the OS were allowed to - just as in the FM radio.
     
  7. Pale_Flyer

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    there is host support now, but apparently no power... on any phone... trying to figure out how to get the thumb drive to work on my moto droid. and i saw the FM radio thing too!
     
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    overcaffein8d Well-Known Member

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    isn't the "allowed to" issue the entire point of obtaining root access though?
     
  9. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    No - in this case it is not Root access preventing it - just like with FM radio there was no way b/c the drivers simply did not exist.

    Now, apparently, it has been hacked - but the phone (via the OS) still has no way of supplying voltage out of the USB port.

    It's like trying to use a video card in your computer that you have no device drivers for - ain't gonna work. OS won't let it.
     
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  10. overcaffein8d

    overcaffein8d Well-Known Member

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    fair enough. what i was getting at was that you can install the drivers with administrator access....at least, i would assume so if you can install custom kernels :D of course, you first have to either have the drivers, or know how to write them yourself, the latter of which would be the only available option. (which would happen to be a

    i've always looked at the droid as a mini linux box... basically, if you can have drivers for the camera, then you can have drivers for the fm/usb circuits. you just have to get a smart person to write them.

    what i just wrote probably didn't make any sense, probably on account of the fact that it's four in the morning.

    edit: slightly ot, but here is a link for fm stuff. interesting.
     
  11. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    Yup, right now, that in and of itself is the primary issue.

    And, no, it makes perfect sense - I have seen more than my fair share of drivers and devs writing drivers (particularly when I was having issues with onboard sound cards in FC2 and later, drivers for my nVidia -based video card in gentoo....
     

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