can I plug in a powered 2TB external hard drive into the iPad 2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ZoomLens, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. ZoomLens macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2011
    I have a couple of 2TB external hard drives with USB 2.0 connectors. They
    obviously require external power adapters to work.

    Can I plug the hard drive into the iPad 2 and view/import photos directly?
    (the hard drive contains only photos in hundreds of different folders) I have
    the Apple camera connection USB/SD kit already, but have been too afraid to
    try it....

    Thanks for any info! :)
  2. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2010
  3. AceCoolie macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    While I've not tried this, I think you can plug it in thru the camera connector kit and it will allow you to import pictures if they are in a folder on the drive named something similar to what a camera calls it's root directory such as DCIM etc.
  4. brayhite macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
  5. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
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    Simple answer: no
  6. ZoomLens thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2011

    I actually followed the direction in the post above and renamed the folders.

    The strange thing is that not all external hard drives will work. (all have their
    own power adapters and all use USB 2.0 connectors)

    Seagate FreeAgent 1.5TB - not recognized, but does spin up upon connection

    Seagate 2TB hard disk in Thermaltake hard drive dock - photo folder recognized

    WD 2TB hard drive in same Thermaltake hard drive dock - not recognized

    ancient(2000?) Maxtor 250GB externa hard drive - recognized, sees photo folder, but copy/import not possible
  7. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010

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