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Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by wtcoppersmith, Jul 6, 2011.
Does the Apple camera conversion kit USB also work with other USB drives with data?
Normally, no JailBreak, no. With JailBreak, sorta.
Well, I have the Camera Conversion Kit and have been able to use my camera SD cards w/ success; however, I've tried other SD cards and the iPad fails to read them - I've even added a DCIM folder to these other cards and loaded images but w/o success - so you're pretty much limited to using SD cards formatted w/i a digital camera?
Now I may be missing something and would love to hear from others - would be great to transfer files via this option w/ non-camera SD cards but does not seem to be possible - oh well -
The camera kit was originally created for importing photos. I have just confirmed that you can format an SD card, add the DCIM folder, copy some photos to that folder and was able to import them to the iPad. Ive never heard of someone using this method to import just any old file to an iOS device using this method. The USB adapter was for connecting a digital camera via a cable, for example my canon 5d and/or iPhone for the express purpose of importing photos. Some people have used the camera kit USB adapter for USB microphones,headsets and a rare thumb drive with the DCIM folder with pics in it. I think it's a good accessory for photo buffs.
If iPads with JB have access to the file system maybe they can access the sdcard via the camera kit. I think there is a discussion on this going on in the Jailbreak topic.
I believe this does work if jailbroken and using the iFile app from Cydia.
I think that wireless is the answer to the iPad lack of physical connectivity. Without purchasing any hardware or software there are quite a few Cloud storage options.
If, like me, you want to use your own hardware, some options that I have found (that don't require jail breaking) are described below. I would much prefer that the iPad had a fully functional USB port, SD card slot and access to the file system. I will certainly be taking this into consideration next tine around.
You can get reasonably good access (over WiFi) to files on fileshares with an app called FileBrowser.
Once you have located the file, using the file manager/finder style interface, you can usually view it in FileBrowser or choose "Open in GoodReader" and store it in the GoodReader file system. I have lots of documents (PDF, Word, images) stored and ready to access in GoodReader.
Fileshares can be set up on most network drives (I have a Western Digital NAS) using the browser based management tools that usually comes with them. Some fileshares are often setup by default such as "Public", "usb1" etc.
My NAS has a USB port and, if I plug a mini SD card reader into it, I can access photos on my camera card. FileBrowser has a reasonable SlideShow viewer built in.
My HP AirPrint printer has an SD card slot and I can also access SD cards plugged into it, using an automatically created fileshare.
Lastly, I have experimented recently with a "plug computer", a small Linux box with lots of input/output options such as 2 x USB, 1 x SD, 1 x eSATA and 2 x Ethernet. With an App called iSSH and knowledge of some basic Linux commands, you can copy files just about anywhere you want using the iPad as a console.
I should mention that there is also the AirStash (for SD cards) and the Seagate GoFlex Wireless HDD.
The combined outlay for the two would be about $300 as against less than $200 the DreamPlug. Cheaper only if you have an existing USB drive of course.
Wireless transfer of files is much slower than internal file copying within a Linux box (i.e plug computer).
I am not recommending one or the other. I am trying the DreamPlug with an existing USB drive at the moment.
Solution depends on the usb drive...
I'll post my solution found for this problem on the External USB storage Support on JB iPad 2 4.3.3 forum.
Hi Miguel - welcome to the forum -
Now, you're becoming rather monotonous, i.e. 3 of your 4 posts are identical - the one quoted above. Please speed it up and provide your solution, if one exists!