Attaching an external USB hard drive to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
December 13, 2016 Jon 22 Comments
How to attach a USB external hard disk drive (HDD) to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 using the LAVA SimulCharge USB TL-002 adapter. The SimulCharge adapter uses USB On-The-Go (OTG) interfacing and lets you charge the tablet and power the hard drive at the same time. This functionality is also available on LAVA’s STS-* product line providing multiple USB ports, LAN, PoE.
NOTE: FAT32 file system should be used, as Android does not support NTFS.
This blog post gives more details on connecting USB hard drives to tablets: http://lavalink.com/2014/08/external-hdd-with-samsung-galaxy-tab-4-using-simulcharge-usb-video/.
The issue with external hard drives (and other peripherals that draw more power than the USB host port can supply) is discussed in this LAVA white paper: USB Power Budgeting. http://lavalink.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/USB_2_Power_budgeting.pdf
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