Connecting devices to Android tablet

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  1. wivvy's dad

    wivvy's dad Read Only Funster

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    I bought a lead to connect my Samsung 10.1 tablet to external drives...

    Visualise if you will a short lead, one end of which is the 21 pin which fits into the base of the tablet. The other end is a USB female, into which ESB sticks and external SSD's slot.

    My query is where do I find these external drives in the tablet operating system? There doesn't seem to be an equivalent to Windoze Explorer, and nothing shows up in My Files.

    Do I need another app, and if so, any recommendations?

    Could I also connect my Galaxy S2 via this lead to enable wired tethering, rather than wi-fi or Bluetooth?
     
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    You will need another app - I use Nexus Media Importer. Not sure if it was free or not.

    Warning though, not all drives work, I have a 40GB drive from an upgraded laptop and it does not see files.

    Steve
     
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    THIS is a one I use, very versatile beastie

    If your connecting a drive then the drive needs a seperate power supply as the OTG host doesnt have enough to run anything other than an SSD type device, as in USB stick etc
     
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    Just as an addendum...

    Not all devices have an OTG (on the Go) usb capability, so well worth checking the device first
    and not all drives will be readable, all depends on formatting and size of the drive, again worth checking out

    USB sticks should all be OK though but a 500GB portable harddrive may not!!
     
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    The joys of Linux ( = Android ).

    esfile explorer or the file explorer that comes with it. Just look for file explorer on Play Store.

    Unlike Windows you'll not find a nice E drive, you'll find something lurking under, I think, .mnt ( mount ).

    Don't know about tethering, very unlikely.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Bungy - top man - thank you very much.

    Just what I was looking for.

    Can now expand a tablet limited to 12gb on board memory, with no sd card slot. A 64gb usb stick or two can hold more than enough movies and music for a few weeks away, and can now be accessed.
     
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