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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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 ThatTabGuy, 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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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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 ThatTabGuy, 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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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:09 PM (#12) User is offline   jon 

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Sorry but i am new tablet user and I am having problems with my external powered hard drive.
I am using a tab 2 (10.1), I have a otg cable (converts 30 pin down to usb), then i plug my seagate freeagent desktop 750gb hard drive into the otg cable and nothing happens.
So sorry for all the questions but what am I doing wrong?
Do i need to install an app? Do I need to format the hard drive to FAT30 (What does that mean and how do you do that).

If I cannot get this to work does anyone have any recommendations for makes and model of powered hard drive (750gb ish)that work with the tab 2? I am wanting to store and play music and movies from the hard drive.
Hope you can help, Many thanks for any help or advice
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:23 PM (#13) User is offline   Bart Laroc 

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your Seagate external hardrive is most likely formated at present to NTFS

see : Reformatting Seagate 750gb goflex hardrive :- http://forums.seagat...message.id=8748



bear in mind that if you re-format your external hardrive to a single Fat32 partition, you will loose any data you have currently on there,
back up anything you want to save to your PC, you can reload it to your external hardrive after you the format,
also, 'MyFiles' may not see your hardrive on your Tab, try :
ES File Explorer File Manager :- https://play.google....droid.pop&hl=en
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Firstly thanks for comments from the forum about re formatting my external hard drive.
Having done some research I am thinking if buying a NAS drive. To store my data, and to be able to watch my movies and listen to music. Is a NAS drive a sensible way to go?
I am not that confident with this sort of thing so would be looking at a nas with built in hard drive that would plug into my bt home home 2, without huge amounts of set up input from me.
I am looking for about 1tb of storage and hoping to pay no more than £120.
I would want the nas drive to be "compatible" with my; tab 2 (running android 4.1.1, model gt-p5110), galaxy 4s minim phone and lap top (running vista).
The only other complication is that I have got my tablet as a replacement for my lap top. I can still have limited access to my laptop, (I will need it to transfer files/data onto the nas initially) but is there any issue with not having a laptop permanently in my network at home in relation to the functioning of the nas drive?
Finally would anyone recommend a specific NAS drive on the market that meets my requirements outlined above?

Many thanks for any feedback or comment
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Hi,

I'm kinda new to the Galaxy 2, wondered if anyone can give me some help with connecting an external hard disk drive to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

The HD drive I have is a Hitachi simpledrive 1.0 TB, which has its own mains transformer and connects via USB 2.0. I have used this with my laptop and it connects straight away no fuss.

I have tried to connect it to my galaxy using a female usb to Samsung. The drive starts and I get a usb device connected message but can't seem to find the drive on the galaxy or view any files on drive.

can anyone point me in the right direction

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the original 10.1 had problems seeing files on a usb connection in "My Files"

from Play Store, try : ES File Explorer File Manager :- https://play.google....droid.pop&hl=en

check under Settings, Local, see if your HD is listed & Folders/Files available
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I'm betting that the Tab can't handle that hard drive.

Plug the adapter into your tablet without the hard drive. You should get the "USB connector connected" message. Pplug the hard drive into power, then plug it into the connector. What message do you get?

Plus can you tell how the drive is formatted? Fat32? ex-FAT? or whatever.

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is there a way to hook up an external hard drive to a galaxy tab 2 10.1

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