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General 10.1 and external hard drive

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by duarab, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. duarab

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    hi, is it possible to connect an external hard drive to the galaxy tab 10.1
     

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    You'll need a USB adapter (Samsung or other) and a USB-compatible drive. USB drives typically have slow transfer rates, but I occasionally exchange files by using the Samsung USB adapter with a thumb drive.
     
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    It is possible to use a thimb drive, but for a hard drive, you would need to have a source of power as the Tab will not power the HDD.
     
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    ok thanks, i had heard that the samsung s2 portable drive would work but i take it thats not true then, got a 10.1 tab coming tommorow so i will find out then as i already use the samsung drive with my laptop and tv.
     
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    Just thinking out loud here.

    But USB for file tranfer is a little awkward.

    Consider using a FTP service on your PC and a FTP client on the Tab.

    This is what I do and it is far more useful to me and it chicks dig it.
     
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    Lens pirate,

    How do you do your ftp file transfer? Back in July when I got my Tab I could use an app called Software Cable to transfer files, but it hasn't worked for me in months. I've tried a PC client based application (forget the name now) and that didn't work either. I thought my firewall might be blocking it, but turning it off made no difference.
     
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    To add, even if you did have the right power and adapters to connect it, Tab does not natively support drives that are NTFS.
     
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    I use a FTP SERVER on the Tab and connec to it via a FTP client on my PC.

    Tab app is called FTPserver by Andreas Liebig is in the android market.
    PC App I use is called filezilla.

    This is simple, fool proof and works.
     

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