1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Hello,

    I am not able to connect my phone with external hard disk.
    My gadget details are:
    -Samsung S8
    -Western Digital 2TB in NTFS format
    -Y type splitter cable for external power supply
    -OTG adapter
    -Tried Total commander & Paragon exFat usb app

    Samsung J6 mounted smoothly with this setup. But don't know why my Samsung S8 is not mounting the drive.
    Note: Seagate 2TB mounted with all the above specifications. But not WD.

    Please help.
    01-29-2019 06:27 AM
  2. methodman89's Avatar
    What is your USB set to?
    01-29-2019 06:59 AM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    First - you can't power the phone in OTG mode. OTG turns the USB data lines into input lines - and the power lines into output lines.

    Second, unless you run an app that can translate NTFS (or root the phone and get down to the Linux level using a terminal app), an Android phone can't read NTFS - ext3, 4, FAT, FAT32 or exFAT are about all it can read. exFAT/NTFS/HFS+ for USB works without root.
    01-29-2019 12:01 PM
  4. raghu kunthe1's Avatar
    [Solved]

    Culprit was the OTG connector which came along with the phone.

    I just bought a local OTG connector and plugged in the hard drive. It detected the hard drive.


    Summary:

    To connect Samsung S8/J6/A6 to hard disk (NTFS format), you require:

    -OTG connector

    -Total Commander app

    -Microsoft exFat/NTFS usb app (Trial= 2 days, Rs.49=Full license)


    Note: You do not need any external power supply (Y type) cables for this. Just plug n play.
    01-29-2019 11:24 PM

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