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Nexus 10 Discussion Forums => Nexus 10 General Discussion => Topic started by: Darren Donovan on April 24, 2013, 08:18:07 AM

Title: Can I connect an external hard drive?
Post by: Darren Donovan on April 24, 2013, 08:18:07 AM
Thinking of getting one of those compact, pocket-sized hard drives to store lots of movies to watch with the Nexus 10 while traveling. I'm not sure if the tablet can supply enough power. These hard drives usually come with a USB-micro USB cable. I'd need a cable that's micro-USB at both ends.
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Title: Re: Can I connect an external hard drive?
Post by: Efin on April 24, 2013, 05:40:53 PM
Thinking of getting one of those compact, pocket-sized hard drives to store lots of movies to watch with the Nexus 10 while traveling. I'm not sure if the tablet can supply enough power. These hard drives usually come with a USB-micro USB cable. I'd need a cable that's micro-USB at both ends.
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You can use the separate hard drive, but you need an OTG cable, and the Nexus Media Importer app, and a powered usb, as the Nexus does not provide power enough for powering the external HD.
Title: Re: Can I connect an external hard drive?
Post by: S.Prime on April 24, 2013, 07:29:16 PM
+1 for elfin's suggestions.

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Title: Re: Can I connect an external hard drive?
Post by: Efin on April 24, 2013, 10:06:50 PM
I should add to this, if rooted and using Stickmount or not rooted and using Nexus Media Importer, if you want to write to the HD from the tablet you must format the HD in FAT32, but if you only plan on reading off the HD, you can format it in NTFS, which most all HD are when you purchase them. I use my 2TB drive on occasion as I have lots of books/music and movies I like to exchange from time to time.