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External hard drive troubles

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    I'm trying to connect my external hard drive to my iPad using the camera connection kit. I tried to just connect it and it gave me the not enough power error. So I plugged it into my powered hard drive caddy and nothing came up?? Is this because it requires drivers? If so can I get a y cable, plug one end into the iPhone charger and plug the other into the iPad??

    Also what format does it have to be? Fat32??
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    You're supposed to be able to use either FAT 32 or HFS. I've gone over Maxwell's tutorial Maxwell C. Shay Apple iPad w/Spirit Jailbreak (and the camera connection kit): How to mount external HFS and FAT32 hard drives in MacOSX about 10 times now and can't get it to work. Everything gets to the point where the mount to an external msdos formatted drive command appears to mount and you can "ls /dev/disk1s1" and it shows the external HD connected to the IPAD but when you go to the directory you told it to mount to, nothing. I've asked several times with no response. One member claims that iFile automatically connects the drive to the IPAD but has not replied to a request to show how he did it.
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    Yeah, ifile does apparently, just like the USB stick thing. I'm gonna order a y cable and see if I can get it to work. I'm guessing if the iPad says there's not enough power then if I plug it into the mains there will be!!

    Cheers fir getting back to me over 50 views, I was getting worried lol
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    I've only see that one post in this site about iFile working, but without any explanation. Sure would be nice if someone could help out....with a step by step showing how it's done.
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    I recieved my Y cable in the post today, I did what I heard on here but no dice, hard drive is spinning but ifile doesnt see it. so i'm not sure what that other person did differently, but its not working for me!

    i even tried to format it to hfs, still not working!
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    Frankly I am at lost to why one would want to hang a hard drive of a iPad but that's your call. The only one I can come up with is movies but then why not stream them from your pc or buy a net book instead.
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    What happens if your on holiday? With a hard drive I can store a lot of my films and tv shows, I wouldn't be able to stream them them.

    Besides, what's the point? Because it can be done! And that's the main reason!
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    Photography. Last May in Paris I took 4500 images at 13mb each. I trudged along a 13" aluminum macbook and two external hard drives, a carry case and the MBP power pack. This spring I'll take the IPAD, it's tiny power pack and a handful of 32 GB SD cards and the camera adapter, and possibly a USB card reader. At about 2 lbs, that beats 6. On our way out from Dulles with Air France they weighed our carry on luggage. What with my camera equipment 12 kilos doesn't go very far.
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    a product called AirStash works great wifi external portable storage. For most users this type of device is more than enough as it used sdhc cards if one chooses to haul around portable hard drives with the iPad then so be it.
    I agree with Rich about having portable external sdhc cards and frankly i prefer a solid state external storage than a hard drive which is more likely to fail
    It is just an opinion nothing more nothing less
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    i'd love to be able to afford a 100gb SSD :)

    but I still dont think that will help with my connection problem :D
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    Air stash uses standard sdhc cards it works fine
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    i don't understand what the difference between this and using the camera connection kit and an SDHC card? apart from the price!
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    It can be shared by several devices at same time and it is totally portable and real small One does not need to jail break it just works as a mini server hey just trying to assist ok
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    yeah man I know that and appriciate the input, do you have to plug it into a computer though??
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    Just upload stuff to the sdhc card as far as I know
    Go to airstash . Com
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    Wow ... that airstash server is one very slick device. I might have to get one of those myself.
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    i'm really not getting this airstash! i can use my camera connection kit, my jailbroken ipad and an SD card or USB stick, fill it with movies and music, then using VLC or cinexplayer I can play all my movies and using ifile i can play all my music.
    what can't I do that airstash can? and for the $99/£70??

    :)
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    The feature I like about the airstash is that it allows multiple connections at once. I wouldn't use it as a replacement for the camera kit + jailbreak, but it would be nice to use on vacation with multiple family devices.
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    I got it working!!! I followed shays guide and got it working straight away. My problem was that was using a USB extension and it wasnt plugged in properly. So I mounted it and saw the contents. Then I saw a folder that said recycle bin, I deleted this folder and then it wouldn't work. So I deleted the lines added to the ifile plist, and deleted the EXT shortcut, and rebooted. When I loaded it back up I plugged in the drive and hey presto! I'm so happy!!

    If you use links to files though you need backgrounder to keep ifile open, otherwise ifile loses it
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010
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    Just curious, can you get any app on the iPad to open documents on that drive?

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