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  1. staycaptivejake

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    so i bought this hard drive Canvio® Basics 3.0 Portable External USB Hard Drives | Toshiba and i cant connect it to my galaxy tab 2! it says high powered hard drive connected when connected with the OTG. i specifically bought a HD without a power supply to hook up to my tablet. How do i go about getting this to work? Im scared to root cus i dont wanna ruin my tablet. i just wanna be able to put all my music on it since, for some reason, no sd card over 32gb will work.
     

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    I have just tried to connect my external WD usb portable drive to a powered usb2 hub and plugged in my TaB2 with no way at all of seeing the hd as a result, so that will not work. Without an external pc I do not think there is any way to increase the available memory.
     
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    well ive read a few posts that have said its possible but all steer towards rooting the tablet. I saw one that said something about using a powered usb source but i dont think this HD can do that. i thought about getting a large thumb drive but ive heard some people say that it doesnt work right either when you get into the larger sizes. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR this is quite upsetting.
     
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    You need to make sure the HDD is formatted to FAT32 as NTFS cannot be read by Android devices
     
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    yes it is. i actually just got it to work. i had an extra usb y cable lying around and i cut and taped a female usb to the single side. connect the cable from the HDD to the y cable then into the OTG and the other into a usb car charger. works great.
     
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    You can also use a powered USB hub. I works well for me.
     
  7. staycaptivejake

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    is there such thing as a portable powered usb hub? like one thats self powered.
     

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