Thumbdrives for camera kit

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    Hi all you happy applers!!!!!
    Just bought camera connection kit from apple but my thumb drive wont work,anybody know of which ones work? Mine is a Kensington.
    Had my iPad 2 for just over a week now and still very happy!
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    Well, you may be a bit less happy to find out that the CCK doesn't support thumb drives. The problem lies in two areas. First, the CCK does not allow for the power requirements of thumb drives. (There may be a few exceptions to this rule, but it's generally true.) But more importantly, the iPad does not support a "common file system." In other words, you cannot "mount" a usb thumb drive as a storage device as you can on a PC. Rather, on the iPad a particular app is "walled off" from all other apps. It maintains its own data including any documents associated with it in the iPad's own storage and has no way to access the data on a thumb drive.

    This may seem insane to you. It does to many people used to working with a personal computer. It means, for example, that if you have two applications that need access to the same document, there are two copies of the document maintained on the iPad. If you make a change with one app, it won't be reflected in the document maintained by the other app. On the other hand, it is an approach that serves very well to prevent "foreign" documents (that might contain viruses or malware) from getting "loose" in the iPad's OS and infecting the entire system.

    There is, of course, a way around this problem if your usb holds music or video data. That requires importing the material into iTunes and synchronizing your iPad.
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    Strange? just been on youtube and there are several vids o thumbdrives working with pics.ar they fake then?
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    People can/do use USB thumb drives on the iPad - if you are jail broken. I am unsure if you can while not jail broken. That's probably who you see using USB drives on YouTube...jailbreakers. Cause you for sure can't use the CCK for anything other than to move photos around unless you are jail broke, as JSH1120 pointed out. Only a jail broken iPad can have its innards accessed like a regular computer, whether you use a USB stick or an SD card.

    Another key problem is that the iPad's connection point is not powered enough to run a USB stick after Apple downgraded the power. To get any to work is a hit-or-miss and you have to try every one. Most people stick to SD cards as they work up to 32GB and you don't have to worry whether it works or not.

    Marilyn
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