can ipad show photos stored on external USB portable hard drive?

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  1. PotatoPie macrumors newbie

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    can ipad show photos stored on external USB portable hard drive? (the kind that gets power from the USB port)

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. aicul macrumors 6502a

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    This may not be exactly what you are looking for.

    Bit, if I am not mistaken you need to format the usb drive as FAT and put in a folder structure like that found on a Camera card (like the SD cards).

    Then you would need the iPad camera connector (need to buy this) and you can "transfer" the photo onto the iPad.
     
  3. vladtheimpaler macrumors regular

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    No.
     
  4. aicul macrumors 6502a

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  5. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    No. A portable hard drive requires much too much power. A recent iPad software update lowered the power the USB adapter can provide, so even many flash thumb drives no longer work.
     

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