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Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by whomadewho, Oct 5, 2011.

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    Hi all,
    Is it possible (perhaps with a card reader) to access & read a flash drive memory stick on my ipad2 as you can on a P.C
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    No - at most you'd be able to upload photos to the iPad. But you cannot use it as an external 'hard drive'.

    Tim
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    I am able to watch videos and play music from the 1gb flash drive I have. It is a microcenter brand flash drive. I am going to go to the store this weekend to try out a 16 or 32gb before I buy. I have a 64gb iPad but it wouldn't hurt my feelings to be able to use a memory stick like an external drive.
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    Hi Jawbraker - you might want to explain exactly how you have accomplished the above? The CCK (Camera Connection Kit) which I own will allow one to attach either a SD card (from a digital camera recognizing the DCIM directory) or an USB plug in again from a digital camera; I've tried to put other USB drives into the latter connection device but w/o success; so, please explain how you are achieving these claims - thanks. :)
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    what app, and accessories, do you use to watch videos via USB?
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    I'd be interested to know too. Is this a JB iPad, perhaps?

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    Only capable via a jb iPad with ifile from cydia.
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    Thanks, Outl4w!!

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    i have ifile... may i know what the next steps are? thank you.
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    Look for 'USB mount sbsettings' toggle in cydia.
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    Thanks Outl4w - that was my only guess - :)
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    It is sorry for the confusion.
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    Yes, thank you outlaw. You got it before I had a chance lol.
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    Incidentally, I went back to the store with my ipad2 to try larger flash drives and nothing higher than a 2gb would work from the ones they had out at register. I forgot that I have a 16gb micro sd for my ancient blackberry phone that also works so I don't have to use a flash although I would prefer one. I like being able to hang it on keychain or around my neck when at school.

    I was a little confused about the flash drives though. I thought that they wouldn't work if they had lights or LEDs. Both the 1and 2gb drives both have lights so what is pulling the power to make it say it needs too much for the iPad to handle it?
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    From what I read it has to do with the power requirements of the USB drive. Out of 5 I had in a drawer 1 worked with the camera kit USB connector.
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    I tried researching it last night but research is not my strong point.
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    In order to play a movie, does the movie's file first need to be copied from the card or flash drive to the iPad? I assume the player can't play it directly from the card.
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    If you access the file from iFile, you can open it right from iFile.

    The app will load the file into it's "sandbox" (which you'll have to manually delete later ... if you wish). But, it'll play just fine.

    Marilyn

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