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Connecting usb external hard drive to my Tab 2 10.1

Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:30 AM (#1) User is offline   Michelob 

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I have recently purchased a Tab 2 10.1 and would like to watch movies from a usb external hard drive.

My question is, can this be done and what type(s) of external usb hard drive do I need? I currently have one (Western Digital compact 500GB), but the tab doesn't recognize it or show the movie files on the hard drive.

One thing is the hard drive doesn't have is own power source. Draws from the tab. Plus not sure if it's the right type (Fat 32 vs whatever else is out there).

Not even sure I could convert it from current state to Fat 32. ANY help is GREATLY appreciated!


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:46 AM (#2) User is offline   ThatTabGuy 

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You can do this with an OTG cable. Any external hard drive will work so long as it is self-powered, since most hard drives require a little more than the Tab will put out. And you will not need to convert its format since the Tab can see most any format.
I can attest to this setup, because I use it everyday. And it works great. :good:
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:02 PM (#3) User is offline   Michelob 

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View PostThatTabGuy, on 25 March 2013 - 02:46 AM, said:

You can do this with an OTG cable. Any external hard drive will work so long as it is self-powered, since most hard drives require a little more than the Tab will put out. And you will not need to convert its format since the Tab can see most any format.
I can attest to this setup, because I use it everyday. And it works great. :good:

Sorry for the large for :-P, what is an OTG cable? The drive came with one and I bought the OEM adapter, but saw where a GrayBean may do the trick.

Sorry to be so dense, but want to make sure I purchase the correct item. I've got both seasons of Game of Thrones and maybe 40 movies is like to be able to watch.

Also, is there a video player in the Google play store you'd recommend?


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:52 AM (#4) User is offline   ThatTabGuy 

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An OTG cable is a VERY specific cable that allows the connection of other low power USB devices that the Tablet can recognize. For example, you can plug in an external keyboard, SOME USB thumbdrives, and a mouse. You can also plug in SOME self-powered USB devices like the one we are discussing in this very topic.

I found mine here: http://www.amazon.co...words=p5110+otg
And its cheap too. :good:

Note: Please keep in mind, that it worked for me since I have a Wi-Fi only tablet. Since yours is from a carrier, you might want to check to see if it will be compatible with yours.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:05 PM (#5) User is offline   Michelob 

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Just checked on Amazon and saw your recommendation, based on the user comments/reviews it appears this doesn't work with the Tab 2?Hate to be a doofus about this, but want to make sure I'm getting the right thing.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:57 PM (#6) User is offline   ThatTabGuy 

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Funny you say that since I just checked my link and it had no reviews. :nea: Anyway, it will work since you have a similar tablet to mine.
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:26 PM (#7) User is offline   Michelob 

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I got the dongle, but it doesn't work. Turns out that my mini usb external hard drive draws its power from whatever its plugged into. Since the tablet doesn't provide power it won't work. Posted Image

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:35 PM (#8) User is offline   ThatTabGuy 

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I see. Well, I suggested to another member earlier that he get a Y-cable so that he could plug in a power source to the cable which will provide the necessary power required to run his DVD drive. I can suggest the same to you.
Here is that topic: http://www.thegalaxy...sung-dvd-writer
See if this works for you. :pardon:
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:56 PM (#9) User is offline   Michelob 

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No problem...figured it would be more compicated than I initially thought. I'll search Amazon for a usb Y-cable and let you know how things turn out.

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View PostThatTabGuy, on 26 March 2013 - 02:52 AM, said:

An OTG cable is a VERY specific cable that allows the connection of other low power USB devices that the Tablet can recognize. For example, you can plug in an external keyboard, SOME USB thumbdrives, and a mouse. You can also plug in SOME self-powered USB devices like the one we are discussing in this very topic.

I found mine here: http://www.amazon.co...words=p5110+otg
And its cheap too. :good:

Note: Please keep in mind, that it worked for me since I have a Wi-Fi only tablet. Since yours is from a carrier, you might want to check to see if it will be compatible with yours.


Morning, all! Does Samsung have a listing of what kinds of thumbdrives are compatible? I have a Kingston 4gig that doesn't get recognized. I'd like to get a new one but won't until I know what is compatible.

TIA & Have a great weekend!!


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:51 PM (#11) User is offline   montrealfilmguy 

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Hi there,

If you feel like splurging for actual great software for copying Bluray copies to your GT 10.1 MicroSd extension card
i posted this thread back in January.

I've copied about 75 so far.Maybe 3 glitches so far.The rest are pure gold in visual and audio quality.

http://www.thegalaxy...h__1#entry52688

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