Connecting to a thumbdrive?

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  1. y6y6y6

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    I haven't been able to connect an unpowered USB thumbdrive to my Droid. I can connect to a computer and everything works fine. But when I plug in a thumbdrive into the Droid directly I never get the USB icon in the notification bar. Anyone know how to make this work?
     
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    Are you meaning just plug in a flash drive to your phone?
    If so, it dosent work like that.
     
  3. y6y6y6

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    Right. Plug it into the Droid. I was able to do this with my Treo. Any idea why it wouldn't work with the Droid?
     
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    Y...You...you're doing it wrong.

    I find it hard to believe you actually plugged it into your droid. Now don't get me wrong, if you did, you are AWESOME. But in order to do so, you would have to get a micro usb to full usb adapter then plug the flash drive into the other end, and then connect it to the droid, which would now look more like FrankenDroid.

    But maybe you did.. adapters are lying around these days.

    As the above poster mentioned, it doesn't work this way. The Android OS (on the droid anyways) is not designed to mount flash drives.. maybe with a hack, but not now. It actually works the other way around.. by plugging your Droid into a PC (or mac) Android allows you to use your built in 16 gig sd card as a mountable volume.. just as your flash drive works when you plug it into your computer.

    I assume you want to do this to add files to your droid? I would suggest the much easier plan of connecting it to your computer, pulling down the notification bar to mount it as a drive, and dragging the files over. That ot just pop the battery out, take out the microsd card and put it in an adapter in your computers card reader to transfer files.

    Either way is going to be MUCH easier. good luck!
     
  5. romeov

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    PS. I just checked out your site.. good stuff. It's obvious you know all the jazz about connecting to a pc.. and you probably did connect the drive to the droid.. good work mcgyver :) So to shorten my post:

    No, you cannot do that
     
  6. y6y6y6

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    Well, I did. My old Treo would work as a USB host port, I was just wondering why the Droid wouldn't.

    I did a bit more research and more detail can be found here -
    Issue 738 - android - I hope Android will implement and support the USB host feature - Project Hosting on Google Code

    Short version - People have been clamoring for a long time to have Android devices work as a USB port host, and indications are that the hardware would support it. But Neither Google or the hardware manufacturers seem to be playing ball. This is, in my opinion, tragic. And I don't think I'm exaggerating at all (looking right at you Motorola) when i say tragic. Just look through that thread and you'll see the vast potential. The stuff my Treo could do with this was pretty amazing.
     
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    USB hosting would certainly be useful, but till someone comes up with a hack or Motorola fixes this any cheap netbook will AC as a hub for you.
    I've got one running Linux that has several USB ports so it would work.
     
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    USB hosting would certainly be useful, but till someone comes up with a hack or Motorola fixes this any cheap netbook will AC as a hub for you.
    I've got one running Linux that has several USB ports so it would work.
     
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    What is the use case for this? Outside transfering files with someone who has a flash drive, I don't see the point. Really, how often do you need to do that where there isn't a PC around? Calling this one tiny thing tragic is a bit much...
     
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    Really........

    So when I'm out in the woods taking photos with my DSR, and I want to upload a few to the web, you think that's worthless? I ended up doing that almost daily with my Treo.

    And yes, of course you can plug it into a Netbook. But one of the ideas behind the Droid is that it *is* your netbook solution, just scaled down. I shouldn't have to carry another piece of hardware just to plug in a card reader. Especially when the Droid is so close to doing this out of the box from a hardware standpoint.

    Assuming drivers would be written, things that you'd be able to connect to your Droid if it could act as a USB host -

    keyboard
    external harddrives
    flash drives
    printers
    scanners
    monitors
    web cams
    USB hubs
    cameras
    Arduino devices
    headphones
    music players
    serial adapters
    projectors
    etc.....

    So yes, I'm calling it tragic and I'll stand by that. The cool thing about the Droid is that I have a scaled down netbook that fits in my pocket. Adding USB on-the-go would be wildly better than forcing me to carry around *another* netbook just to get this functionality.
     
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    I with ya there.....But some people are never happy.
     
  12. romeov

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    I'm actually with y6y6y6 on this one now. He knows a lot more about it than I thought he did, so I retract my original reply, I too think there would be really cool options if this were possible. As far as it being "tragic" well that's to each their own :)
     
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