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Old 12-04-2013, 12:38
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If a tablet has a USB port, is it possible to connect a pen drive or an external hard drive to it, to be able to view photos and watch video clips from the pen drive/hard drive?
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Old 12-04-2013, 13:02
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I don't know about all tablets, but it was certainly possible on my Asus Transformer.
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Old 12-04-2013, 14:32
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I can use my hard drive/ pendrive on my Achos tablet
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Old 12-04-2013, 14:33
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If a tablet has a USB port, is it possible to connect a pen drive or an external hard drive to it, to be able to view photos and watch video clips from the pen drive/hard drive?
It depends if the USB port is multi-function or if it's just for charging. A couple of examples of tablets that can do it have already been mentioned.
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Old 12-04-2013, 15:03
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Depends on the tablet completely... which one do you have?
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Old 12-04-2013, 15:29
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I rip DVDs to a flash drive and watch them on my Nexus 7. I had to buy an OTG cable and an app but total cost was <4.

I haven't yet managed successfully to connect either of my external HDDs this way but apparently it can work depending on the model/type.
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Old 12-04-2013, 17:21
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Thanks for replies everyone. What would I have to look for in the specs of the tablet to be able to do this? I don't have a tablet yet. I am getting info on them before I get one/decide which one to get. Thanks.
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Old 14-04-2013, 05:15
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On my nexus 7 I bought the app, a cable to convert the connector on the nexus7 to a USB socket.
Also use a USB Hub that's mains powered so that the hard drive doesn't try to draw it's power from the nexus 7 as this is the usual cause of it not working!
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