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Registered: ‎04-30-2011
My Device: Bold 9700
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Can an external hdd be connected to the playbook?

I was wondering if i got a mini usb adapter, would the playbook support an external hdd or a thumb drive?

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Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: Z30 / PlayBook 64GB
My Carrier: Virgin Mobile UK

Re: Can an external hdd be connected to the playbook?

Not at the moment, but on the BlackBerry Developer channels it has been suggested that this will be coming.

Seeing as this is a tablet running Unix, there is no reason for it no to be able to do this.

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Registered: ‎04-30-2011
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Re: Can an external hdd be connected to the playbook?

would you know if it would be an easy over the air update when it becomes available? I was looking to buy the base 16gb model hoping i could connect an external hdd to play music and videos. now im a little hesitant in buying a playbook.

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Re: Can an external hdd be connected to the playbook?

I'm confident that you will get this update OTA when it appears.

Right now, you can easily copy files to the PlayBook over Wifi from any computer because it lets you access your files as a network share. An awesome feature that, as a Linux user, I love a great deal. Using a Mac or Windows is pretty simple to share files with, too.

Depending on what type of drive you have, RIM have also stated that there will be a media streamer so you'll be able to play music and videos from iTunes, Media Player, MediaFly, Twonky, MediaTomb etc etc etc over the air as well.

There are a lot of updates coming down the pipe. It is going to take some time as RIM get these things sorted. But I'm sure in 6 months' time people who took the plunge will be happy to see how the PlayBook has continuously improved over that time.

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Registered: ‎01-10-2012
My Device: playbook 64gb
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Re: Can an external hdd be connected to the playbook?

This might come as a big surprise but most people do not buy tools in the vain hope that someday it will do something useful..... except perhaps Apple and RIM. I don't consider Apple a company anymore, they are more like a cult....

 

I have a 64Gb playbook

 

Four laptops

 

An andoid based tablet

 

two desktop computer.

 

As both a jounalist and as a keen photographer, I'd like to walk around with a camera and a tablet so I post pictures on the net, or FTP them to my photoagency. Every computer I own, except the playbook can do this. If I bought a samsung s2 or Note, I can plug in a 3rd party $8 adapter and then plug in my camera or my memory card reader.

 

Ideally what I'd like is an app called Pocket Phojo which apparently only runs on Windows mobile 6.0/6.5 and get it running on the Playbook and/or Android.

 

Anyone clever out there listening.

 

By the way, why is the eBay app for blackberry the worse for all the smartphones?

 

Stephen

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Re: Can an external hdd be connected to the playbook?

I saw USB support from a few people. It is not finalized and may not be in OS 2.

 

best solution is a WiFi USB reader that are available.

 

I know a few that have used a portable rechargeable WiFi hard drive.

 

Dont give up just yet

 




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