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    Help On External Hard Drive For Asus TF300 Android Tablet

    Hi there everyone

    this is my 1st post so hopefully its in the right place and not done anything wrong lol

    just basically wondering if anyone knows what external hard drive you can use for this android tablet?

    Im not to hot on this stuff but i dont know which ones would be compatible with this tablet as i dont know what software is needed to run it on here if any.

    so any help from you amazing people would be very much appreciated !
    i was looking at this 1 which says its self powered dont know if it would be any good and if i need any other parts to get it working

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    many thanks in advance for your time and help

    Preston

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    Welcome to the forum

    Your post is fine either in the help section or in the Accessories section.

    The only way to know for certain if an external drive will work is to actually try it. Any issues will not normally be ones of format, size or software - but usually one of power. If the drive requires more power than can be delivered by the USB connection on your TF300, then it will not work. If that is an issue, then you can try using the external drive while the TF300 is connected to a/c power or alternatively using a powered USB hub or an external drive that has it's own power supply.

    You'll find other threads on this question linked in the similar threads section at the bottom of this page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrestonXIII View Post
    Hi there everyone

    this is my 1st post so hopefully its in the right place and not done anything wrong lol

    just basically wondering if anyone knows what external hard drive you can use for this android tablet?

    Im not to hot on this stuff but i dont know which ones would be compatible with this tablet as i dont know what software is needed to run it on here if any.

    so any help from you amazing people would be very much appreciated !
    i was looking at this 1 which says its self powered dont know if it would be any good and if i need any other parts to get it working

    Buy WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive - 1TB, Black | Free Delivery | Currys

    many thanks in advance for your time and help

    Preston
    I have had no issues with usb drives at all, all hard drives and USB sticks have worked for me. The transformer even supports NTFS drives unlike a lot of other android devices. The only issue you may encounter is power, some hard drives require more power than the device can provide through its USB connection, so for that I would recommend a powered USB hub which you connect to the Transformer's USB port and then connect any usb devices to the hub. It also means you can then use multiple usb devices at once such as an external hard drive and a USB mouse.

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    thanks for you help janner 43 and gloster meteor i really appreciate your time on this !! the external link i posted is self powered so will that not be enough to run it ? i might order a pwered usb just to be on the safe side so i really appreciate it !

    many thanks

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    "self powered" is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually powered via the USB connection from the tablet. I don't have any experience with this one, but my Toshiba 750 GB unit is powered fine from the tablet via the OTG interface unit, or via the USB port on the docking station.
    Good luck and have fun.
    Bruce

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    I have used 3 different USB powered portable drives via the USB port on the keyboard dock. They all worked fine, with both fat32 and ntfs formats. So I'm betting that most USB powered drives work fine.

    Regards,

    Lt. Dang

 

 

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