1. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    i try with a usb male to usb c adapter but it seems only able to connect to a computer as it requires me to enter a nmber in the computer's browser. is there a way to do this?
    09-25-2018 09:07 PM
  2. patty1955's Avatar
    09-26-2018 12:03 AM
  3. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    No i dont want that. I want to access the files i already have on external hard drives.
    09-26-2018 03:05 AM
  4. tony bag o donuts's Avatar
    I don't think your phone is can provide enough power to the external drives, unless the drives themselves have their own power supply.

    Have you tried a usb otg dongle?
    https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Adapter...cUvbUpU6350364

    If not, the program wifi file explorer allows you to transfer files from a computer to your device over wifi. Works really well.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lorer&hl=en_US
    09-26-2018 06:52 AM
  5. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Your original post makes no sense to me. You're trying to connect a hard drive to your tablet but it requires you to enter a number on a computers browser?

    I don't have a tab S4, but every Android device I've used since 2012 has been plug and play with external storage. All I've ever had to do was grab a micro usb OTG cable and plug my hard drives or flash drives right in and it was recognized.

    It's possible the hard drive is formatted in a format Android cannot recognize, NTFS would be one such format. It's also possible the hard drive isn't getting enough power.
    09-26-2018 02:21 PM
  6. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    Your original post makes no sense to me. You're trying to connect a hard drive to your tablet but it requires you to enter a number on a computers browser?

    I don't have a tab S4, but every Android device I've used since 2012 has been plug and play with external storage. All I've ever had to do was grab a micro usb OTG cable and plug my hard drives or flash drives right in and it was recognized.

    It's possible the hard drive is formatted in a format Android cannot recognize, NTFS would be one such format. It's also possible the hard drive isn't getting enough power.
    It says "Please follow the instructions below to access the device storage from PC: Enter the above address [ftp://...] in a web browser on PC... " i tried it on 2 external ssd's with usb to usbc conversion cable attached.
    09-26-2018 10:00 PM
  7. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    I don't think your phone is can provide enough power to the external drives, unless the drives themselves have their own power supply.

    Have you tried a usb otg dongle?
    https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Adapter...cUvbUpU6351086

    If not, the program wifi file explorer allows you to transfer files from a computer to your device over wifi. Works really well.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lorer&hl=en_US
    That dongle is exactly what I've been using. None of my external drives are powered. Trouble is i don't have a computer right now, just several android tablets and a phone.
    09-26-2018 10:03 PM
  8. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    It says "Please follow the instructions below to access the device storage from PC: Enter the above address [ftp://...] in a web browser on PC... " i tried it on 2 external ssd's with usb to usbc conversion cable attached.
    Tried it on DeX. Same thing.
    09-29-2018 01:45 AM
  9. milleniumdroid's Avatar
    Ok, so here is what I used to use on my first Android device after putting an NTFS enabled (NTFS.ko kernel module included) custom ROM on it, but haven't tested on my Tab S3 or any modern tablet. So basically, most external hard drives come with the USB cable that has 2 computer type USB (type A) plugs. Get a USB extension cord and use it to hook up the secondary type A connector of your HDD cable to a 5V/2A power brick (DO NOT USE A MODERN QUICK CHARGER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE). Plug in the hard drive to the type B connector on your cable. Then connect the cable via OTG adapter to your tablet. If it warns you that your drive is blank or that you need to format it, the you will need an appropriate kernel module for the file system your drive is using.
    10-22-2018 02:45 AM
  10. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    "So basically, most external hard drives come with the USB cable that has 2 computer type USB (type A) plugs."


    All 3 of my external hard drives have only only a single plug.
    10-22-2018 11:51 AM
  11. milleniumdroid's Avatar
    Well, maybe newer drives come with the single one. Mine is 7 years old, so it is meant for older computers that couldn't supply enough juice through one port to spin up the drive. If you need such a cable, get it off Amazon for a buck or two. Otherwise just get a quality powered USB hub.
    10-22-2018 02:33 PM
  12. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    A different file manager solved the problem I used ES or CX File Explorer. I forgot which. Maybe both work.
    12-30-2018 06:50 PM
  13. kixfan's Avatar
    I have a powered portable drive with a standard USB connector. If I use a USB to USB-C adapter will I be able to use this drive with my Tab S4? If not what will I need to access the drive via my tablet?
    01-08-2019 09:45 AM
  14. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    I have a powered portable drive with a standard USB connector. If I use a USB to USB-C adapter will I be able to use this drive with my Tab S4? If not what will I need to access the drive via my tablet?
    Sorry, I didn't make that clear. I have not been able to connect my (unpowered) external hard drives. I was only able to connect my USB flash drive.
    01-08-2019 09:57 AM
  15. bill-e's Avatar
    It must draw more than the usb can supply. It may be possible to connect a powered usb hub and then connect your drive to that but at today's prices, it would be better to get a portable drive with a power option and not mess with unpowered.
    01-08-2019 10:46 AM
  16. bill-e's Avatar
    Just watched this

    01-08-2019 05:13 PM
  17. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    That video link doesn't work now.
    01-10-2019 12:21 PM
  18. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    It must draw more than the usb can supply. It may be possible to connect a powered usb hub and then connect your drive to that but at today's prices, it would be better to get a portable drive with a power option and not mess with unpowered.
    I have powered hubs and I can connect the external ssd hard drive to it ( my Tab 4 and Tab 2s get connected to powered hubs) but then the USB connecter will be connected to the powered hub and not tablet. Is there a way to connect it to both, like a splitter cable with two USB connections? Also, I'm not clear what the "IQ" slot on the powered hub I'm looking at now is for. Duh maybe it actually does something...
    01-10-2019 12:27 PM
  19. bill-e's Avatar
    Link now working

    This is what I ordered and should work but I dont have my tab S4 yet.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078W55NMV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    01-10-2019 12:37 PM
  20. bill-e's Avatar
    OK, using that OTG device I listed above I connected it to my Moto Z3 phone and to a non-powered portable HD. With no external power connected the HD light would come on but it would not be recognized by ES File Explorer on the Moto Z3. I then hooked up my charger to that OTG device and my phone started charging and it now recognized the disk and could read the files on it.

    Seems like that is what you need.
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    01-10-2019 12:50 PM
  21. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    Thanks! I'll watch it later when I have time.
    01-11-2019 11:06 AM
  22. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    Link now working

    This is what I ordered and should work but I dont have my tab S4 yet.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078W55NMV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    When r u getting the S4? Let us know if it works with it when u do. The Lava brand in the vid is suspicious. The film seems to have been made 4 years ago. The little gadget is listed on Amazon for $75 or so, no reviews, and their website shows no price nor is it listed as compatible with tab s4. Why is a little adapter like this so hard to find? You'd think they'd be readily available for $10 max.
    01-12-2019 11:28 AM
  23. bill-e's Avatar
    When r u getting the S4? Let us know if it works with it when u do. The Lava brand in the vid is suspicious. The film seems to have been made 4 years ago. The little gadget is listed on Amazon for $75 or so, no reviews, and their website shows no price nor is it listed as compatible with tab s4. Why is a little adapter like this so hard to find? You'd think they'd be readily available for $10 max.
    S4 is supposed to ship on or before the 25th...the suspense is killing me.
    01-12-2019 12:56 PM
  24. BullwinkleMoose's Avatar
    Are they backordered now? Where are you getting it from? I got mine from b & h camera. No tax free shipping.
    01-12-2019 11:02 PM
  25. bill-e's Avatar
    Are they backordered now? Where are you getting it from? I got mine from b & h camera. No tax free shipping.
    No backorder just takes a couple of weeks to process. I bought mine with United miles so it was No cost and free shipping
    01-13-2019 07:44 AM

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