1. the1m.polo's Avatar
    Hey can use the usb port on the nexus 7 to read a hard drive?

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    10-18-2013 01:24 PM
  2. YAYTech's Avatar
    Hey can use the usb port on the nexus 7 to read a hard drive?

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    I know it doesn't supply enough power to power a mechanical drive (typical external hard drive with only a USB cord), but flash memory and external hard drives with their own power cord should work. I haven't done it, so I don't know the details of what you can & can't do with the files onboard, but it can recognize the drive.
    10-18-2013 01:36 PM
  3. sparksd's Avatar
    Yes. You need an OTG cable and an app like Nexus Media Importer. Thumb drives work without additional power but hard drives will not. But I can use my Western Digital My Passport drives with a USB Y-cable, connecting a small external battery to the cable to provide power. My setup includes:

    Amazon.com : eForCity dual A to Micro-B USB 3.0 Y Cable, Black : Computers & Accessories

    Amazon.com: T & S Electronics Micro USB OTG Cable - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (Micro USB OTG to USB Adapter. Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC ONE, Nexus 7 & Nexus 10, Galaxy Tab 3, ASUS MeMOPad, and all OTG compatible devices.: Computers & Accessories

    Amazon.com: WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 Black: Electronics



    edit: any of a myriad of external batteries work with this (I have a Duracell and an Anker):

    Amazon.com: external battery: Electronics
    10-18-2013 01:55 PM
  4. asus_usa's Avatar
    The tablet will not supply enough power to an external hard drive, however, it can read flash-based drives like a USB stick. Just make sure you get the OTG cable in order for it to read. Simply plugging in the flash drive with a USB adapter will not work - it has to be an OTG cable to get it into host mode.
    10-18-2013 02:50 PM

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