1. popengchan's Avatar
    I use OTGs to connect my external hard drives to my device I bought a cable from cable matters and it does not work. Only small pendrives work (4GB 16 GB, mice and keyboard) but hard drives does not. I bought ANOTHER OTG cable from a black market in Asia and my hard drive worked! I do not know how do otgs differ from each other.

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    08-02-2014 09:49 PM
  2. codebetweenthelines's Avatar
    Did you buy the exact same cables or are the different in length ?
    08-03-2014 12:46 AM
  3. popengchan's Avatar
    Did you buy the exact same cables or are the different in length ?
    Their different. One is cable matters branding. Another is from a brandless product. The non branded product works with HDDs. So I do not know how such differs. And they are of same length.

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    08-03-2014 02:01 AM
  4. codebetweenthelines's Avatar
    the difference in connecting a small USB (4G) like the one you stated that works and an external hard drive, is the amount of power that is needed to use the external device.
    The small devices will need up to 100mA i believe.
    An External drive will need 400-600mA.
    It seems that the cable itself is ok, since it works with the small devices.
    Maybe the cable doesn't support the higher current, it might just be a really low quality cable.
    You could try to contact Cable Matters and tell them that you think the cable isn't in the quality you were expecting and ask for a refund.
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    08-03-2014 05:15 AM
  5. popengchan's Avatar
    the difference in connecting a small USB (4G) like the one you stated that works and an external hard drive, is the amount of power that is needed to use the external device.
    The small devices will need up to 100mA i believe.
    An External drive will need 400-600mA.
    It seems that the cable itself is ok, since it works with the small devices.
    Maybe the cable doesn't support the higher current, it might just be a really low quality cable.
    You could try to contact Cable Matters and tell them that you think the cable isn't in the quality you were expecting and ask for a refund.
    Thanks. You really explained what I asked really well. Thanks!

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    08-04-2014 05:31 AM
  6. recDNA's Avatar
    I had a similar experience. One cheap otg cable from ebay worked only with thumb drives that had otg compatible written on the package. I bought another one from Staples, paid twice as much, but it works with all my drives.
    08-04-2014 11:33 AM
  7. jirages's Avatar
    not at all, sorry
    On The Go cables OTG have nothing to do with normal cable you receive with your samsung Note 3.
    you could read a thumbdrive only through an otg cable.
    08-04-2014 12:03 PM
  8. jim_h#AC's Avatar
    Wow, I never considered using an external hard drive with my otg cable. Will give it a try this evening. Thanks muchly
    08-05-2014 08:10 AM

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