is there a way to connect an external hard drive to our bionics?

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  1. Bionic_Racer
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    Like how you can with a laptop or desktop? I just wanna transfer movies and stuff because im running out of storage.

    Also can we use a 32g micro sd in our phones without modifying anything?
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    Not sure about your first question, but the answer to your second question is yes. I'm running a 32gb Class 10 card and it works great.
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    I can confirm that a 64gb microsd card works too...have one in mine.
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    If you had a lapdock, you could use the USB port to connect an external drive.
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    Have you successfully connected an external drive via the USB port? I've tried a Seagate GoFlex 1TB and a 1.5TB and the system won't recognize either of them.

    Issues: Will the USB power the drives? Are the drive sizes too large?
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    So can we use any 32g or 64g micro sd card or does it need to be a certain kind?
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    What about accessing a network drive? Is there a way to browse NAS and stream videos from it?

    Sent from my Droid Bionic (.246 ICS)
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    Not sure about that mate - as I have packed up my NAS - Hope someone has one and can try for you :)
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    Yes a Class 4 32g will work, but you will get better performance out of a Class 10 32g card dancedroid:biggrin:
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    I grabbed a 32GB class 4 card at walmart while I was on the road and put it in mine. Its working fine. I havent recorded any videos with it in the phone yet though.
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    What about accessing a network drive? Is there a way to browse NAS and stream videos from it?


    I connect to my NAS using ES File explorer.

    It has to be mapped as a drive letter to one of the computers on your network. Then shared to the network.

    It works, but it's pretty slow.
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    Oh i see. So in what ways would the performance be different? Will some things not save?
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    Class 4 and Class 10 will save just fine - I like Class 10 because when I put a movie on it there isn't any chopping like I got on lower class MicoSD cards dancedroid
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    I believe you can use DLNA for that. I haven't tried it so I don't know the details, but the Bionic has DLNA capability built in.
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    There's a program called Plex that I use to stream my videos/audio to anywhere. I stream to my phone, to a computer at a friends house, etc. It auto-converts on the fly to work with whatever device you are using. You do have to pay for the app from the Play Store but the Plex Media Server app is free as well as the clients for Linux, Windows, and Mac.
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    The issue is that your drives are probably formatted with exfat(Windows 7) and android cannot recognize this type of formatting. There is an ext2 plugin for windows that allows you to format drives to ext2 or ext3, but most windows machines won't recognize this format unless you have the ext2 plugin. Also files above 4GB will not be able to be copied to FAT32. So if you have High Def movies like I do, you'll have to use ext2/ext3 or break your videos up into smaller files. I've found that Android likes to corrupt my ntfs formatted drives. Not sure why, but it does and I always make sure to unmount the drive before disconnecting.
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    NTFS supports files larger than 4GB. FAT32 is the only file system with this limitation. I could be misunderstanding your point, though.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC
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    When I changed from 16GB to 32GB I first transferred everything from the old card to my computer. Then I disconnected the Bionic from the PC, powered down and then swapped cards. When I powered up I let the phone format the card. I then connected the Bionic to my PC and transferred everything except for the LOST directory because a new one was created during the format. The Bionic recognized everything without any change in performance.

    The only odd thing was that the name of the card, when connected to my PC, changed from Removable Drive to MOT, just like the internal card.
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