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    Default External Storage through Micro USB

    I'm wondering if it's possible to attach external storage using the micro USB port?

    Is this a mountable port, or because it's designed for charging can't do it?

    It would be nifty if I could carry a 128GB SSD around when needed for external storage.
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    1. Unlock it,
    2. Root it,
    3. Go to Google Play and install "StickMount" app,
    4. Buy a USB OTG cable,
    5. Plug in cable to Nexus 7 usb port and other end to USB Thumb Drive,
    6. Be Happy
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    Default Re: External Storage through Micro USB

    Quote Originally Posted by robpasell View Post
    I'm wondering if it's possible to attach external storage using the micro USB port?

    Is this a mountable port, or because it's designed for charging can't do it?

    It would be nifty if I could carry a 128GB SSD around when needed for external storage.
    My Toshiba drive would not read. It's a 320gb. I was told that it required too much power to run, I would guess it would be the same for yours. I installed stickmount and a few other apps and it wouldn't read. It works great with thumb drives though.
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    Related thread with additional info: is it possible transfer photos from camera to nexus 7?

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    I pulled out my kingston Wifi drive I picked up for my phone and it worked great on the nexus without rooting. I placed all my movies and pictures on it. Movies play great and I can even skip around without any lag. Just another option
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    I think stick mount will only work with memory cards, not hard drives. I think it is a driver issue.
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    I believe stickmount will work with hard drives if used through a powerd hub. The problem may be that the USB port cannot provide sufficient power to the drive
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    Does anyone know if it is possible to transfer games to external sd and still be able to play them? I got them transfered but when i click on the link it tells me that an additional download is required, even though I have already done the additional download and moved it to external sd.?
    Thanks!!
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    A SSD will probably work, it's flash memory so it's flash drive. But yeah, unlock-root-stickmount it.
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    Yes this is very possible, example I have 64gb sdcard in my XOOM tablet and keep all of my gameloft files & various others that the operating system use on it.

    1 - copy desired files to the external storage unit

    2 - Delete the files in the internal storage folder, but not the folder itself

    3 - open up a terminal and issue this command for each path you want to use (SU first)

    mount -o bind external path internal path

    4 - now when a game looks at the internal path it is actually using the external one.

    5 - If you are going to do this all the time right a script to do this at bootup.

    Hope this helps

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    I use drive mount installed as system app it seems to support everthing, drives, usb its loaded everthing I have.

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    I've been doing a lot of tests with stickmount and I've stumbled over some crazy stuff. I used a microusb to female USB adapter cord, then plugged my buddy's iPod with his own ipod cable, and the iPod started charging. also, I was able using root explorer to get into 'iPod control/music' and copy all the music from his iPod to my tablet. Apple uses a really weird system for their. Apple uses a weird system for their music (all songs are renamed to four letter combinations) , but a free app called music player for android is able to read the system and display music correctly. using stickmount I was able to do live feeds to my phone's memory. sound and video. I have yet to find the coding for having certain apps or even system running off a flash drive. if anybody figures it out, post it here please.

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    Stickmount works with wireless Logitech mouse, no install required. Now to find a good Bluetooth keyboard.... :sly:
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    With my non rooted N7, an OTG cable and Nexus Media Importer from the Play market, I can connect my 32g USB drive or my 500g and 1tb Seagate external hard drive and the tablet sees it. I can't store anything to the drives (unless I root) but I can stream music and videos from the drives.
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    Anybody have any success with installing apps on a flash drive yet?



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    really? you can browse an I device filesystem using stickmount? I tried this, not expecting it to work and it gave no indication that a USB device was attached. It would be incredibly useful to me to transfer files between my nexus and iPhone without a computer. Can you give moire details
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    it would actually be pretty surprising to me if it had worked. When you connect an iPhone to a laptop by USB it will treat it as a camera and let you take photos off it but thats all, and it needs drivers for even that. To browse the filesystem you need software such as itools or ifunbox. I can't see how stickmount could mount an idevice, unless an iPod is totally different to an iPhone.? As I say, when I try it doesn't even register a device is connected. Its a shame, because it would be very useful. I love my new nexus, but the only thing it lacks for me is a TV out option. I can put films on my iPhone and connect it to a TV using a composite cable with a scart adapter. But the phone has limited storage. It would be great if I could store films on a 32GB thumb drive and use the nexus to transfer them to the phone. That way I wouldn't need to take laptop on holiday. I haven't been able to figure a way of doing this yet. Using a web based method is impractical for large files.Any suggestions anyone, I know this is an old thread?
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