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Initial post: Oct 4, 2011 3:45:11 AM PDT
Can I use a USB Flash Drive or any other device for extra storage on the Kindle Fire? I've been staying away from tablets because of the limited storage options.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 4:02:16 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Probably not on a stock Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 4:09:20 AM PDT
@Luv: It does not have a standard-size USB connection that Flash Drives use. My Toshiba tablet has one, plus an SD card slot - heaps of expandability.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 4:16:48 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
My guess is, if you hook the Fire to a computer via a usb cable - that you can swap out content on and off the Fire. It will show up as a external drive where you can drag and drop and delete files. So store the bulk of your files on your computer hard drive or on a external hard drive and just update the contents of the Fire when you need to.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 4:57:37 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
We will not know this until release. There are adapters out there that may work.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 6:05:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 6:06:52 AM PDT
Check out the cloud. You will be able to store your files there and then recall them for use. I downloaded the cloud app for my galaxy tab and computer and it actually is easy to use. I also uploaded some mp3's from my computer to the cloud, just to see how it works. You get 5G free and as I understand all data purchased from Amazon does not count against your allotment. The distinct advantage is you can then access your files in the cloud from any device that has an internet connection without having to actually install the files on each device. The wave of the future for people that use multiple devices for the same function.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 6:25:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 6:25:57 AM PDT
Patti Cake says:
For me, no expansion slot or ability to use a Flash drive is a dealbreaker for me, and I'm very disappointed. I have no desire to use cloud storage. For one thing, if you're not in a location with WiFi, you can't access your stuff. If you're storing something large - a few videos, for example - it's going to take quite a while to download rather than having them right there ready to use. Also the best case scenario for battery life is with WiFi off.

Too bad - I was going to need a new tablet, and I had expected the Kindle Fire would be it.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 7:44:16 AM PDT
M. McCoy says:
That is the way I view it as well. The Micro USB port on the fire is used only for charging or transferring files to/from the Fire. Unlike a computer/laptop USB port it does not support external keyboards, CD/DVD drives, memory sticks, etc.

Instead the Fire simply looks like an external storage device when attached to a computer/laptop.

To me this is the biggest shortcoming of the fire, i.e. the absence of a Standard/Micro SIM slot to expand on the internal memory when the cloud is unavailable (i.e. International travel, etc.).

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 11:40:32 AM PST
Minchoww says:
I would like to know about expansion storage. Will the nest gen of Kindle Fire have external connections for cards and flashm drives? I was all set on buying this one, but no extra storage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 11:44:05 AM PST
Amazon has designed the Fire to be a media consumption device. Media that Amazon wants to provide. It is the aftermarket sales that will keep Amazon in business, not the sales of the device itself.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 11:44:14 AM PST
Fuzzy says:
No one has clue what is in the future for the Fire.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 12:28:15 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
My belief is that the Kindle line has a single, simple purpose: to make Amazon's digital content easy and attractive to buy and use. The original Kindles did this for books; the Fire expands the concept to multimedia content.

As a proficient marketer, Amazon understands that throwing in a few extras -- a browser, a vestigial music player, text-to-speech on the e-readers; fully-integrated Internet access, Prime video and book-lending, daily free apps on the Fire -- can tip a buyer who might otherwise resist the temptation.

This principle has never wavered. And that's why I don't expect future Kindles to start adding the kinds of features -- cameras, gyros, video outputs, USB hosting, etc. -- that are characteristic of stand-alone devices that aren't vendor-centric. Such devices exist in great numbers, and you can buy any one of them you like. Why would Amazon make one?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 2:02:53 PM PST
This answer needs to be copied and pasted every time this type of thread is started.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 3:28:29 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Feel free! :)

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 6:54:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2011 6:55:49 AM PST
>> Why would Amazon make one? <<

Possibly to attract more customers who will buy the Amazon tablet and then find that Amazon's media content (and other Amazon products) are irresistable.

Look at the hordes of posters who said Amazon would never be so stupid as to enable library lending for Kindles because, after all, Amazon wants you to buy books, not borrow them.

Or possibly this is just wishful thinking on my part ;)

Actually, I'm pretty easy to please. I can live without the 3G, the GPS, USB host, and even the SD card slot.

My finger is hovering over the BUY button; as soon as Amazon announces the availability of the Slingbox app, I'll press it ;)

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 1:20:03 PM PST
Ryan S. says:
Use this instead of wishing to use your flash drives.

Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WID/32GBZ

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 12:53:26 PM PST
kath says:
Would this help?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 1:15:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 1:17:03 PM PST
Kath, who are you talking to? This thread has been dormant for almost a year.

Getting them connected isn't the issue. Kindles are basically a thumb drive. They can't host another device.
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