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Initial post: Dec 17, 2012 8:06:40 AM PST
D M Burke says:
It would help if someone could list specifically how to use the micro usb port to transfer data to another source such as a flash drive.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:08:44 AM PST
The Fires cannot be used to host a device such as a thumb drive. You would have to hook the Fire up to a computer to transfer data that way.

Kindle books can't be transferred to another device though, if that is what you are wanting to do. Content must be downloaded from the account to a Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:09:32 AM PST
I'm not trying to be rude, but your user guide should tell you how to use the USB plug. You can transfer files from the computer to the fire, but not from a flash drive, unless the flash drive is also connected to the computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:17:49 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
D M, you can't use the USB port to transfer data from the Fire to anything; indeed, no USB devices that require "host mode" will work with any Kindle.

This is the era of distributed storage. Using services like DropBox to move files around and share them with others is becoming standard, even expected, at least in the business and cultural circles where I travel.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:22:24 AM PST
D M Burke says:
why can't I use a micro usb port to regular usb port cable... this is described on the "Starter Guide" to transfer files from KindleFireHD (recent) to a computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:31:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 8:36:06 AM PST
You can use the micro usb on the Fire to connect to a computer. Use one of these: AmazonBasics USB Cable - 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters)

The computer becomes the host. The Fire then acts like a flash drive. When connected this way, you can transfer files between the Fire and your computer.

What you can't do is connect a flash drive directly to the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:34:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 8:35:47 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Sorry, I shouldn't have said "anything" -- I was thinking in terms of your question about flash drives. You can copy between the Kindle and anything that supports USB Host Mode and can mount a data drive, such as a computer. The Kindle itself can't be a host (which is what, among other things, supplies power to the device); it simply does not have that functionality.

USB drives and most other USB devices require a host. Just making the plug fit the socket is not enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:35:07 AM PST
D M Burke says:
Once I transfer files to my computer, I can save them to my external hard drive or a flash drive or, I suppose, to a "burned" DVD. Isn't this correct? I have DropBox but never use it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:36:57 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Yes, the files copied from a Fire are just files. You can do anything with them you can do with any other file of the same type.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:40:52 AM PST
Yes. To get a file from your Fire to a flash drive this way you do the following:

1. Connect the Fire to your computer using a micro usb cable.
2. Transfer the file from the Fire to your computer.
3. Then transfer the file from your computer to a flash drive (or burn to a DVD).

If you have two USB ports free on your computer, you can plug in the Fire and the flash drive at the same time and do the transfers pretty fast, depending on the size of the files. In fact, if you had both plugged in at the same time, you can probably move a file from the Fire to the flash drive directly. They will both show up on your computer as external drives. Just drag and drop.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 5:02:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 5:05:54 PM PST
D M Burke says:
Thanks. Some USB ports are faster than others in a desktop p.c. which is what I use primarily. I suppose using a solid-state drive (SSD) would be faster for transfers so I might get one later. Right now, my hard drive is a 5,400 speed so transfers are slower than a 7,100..

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 5:15:31 PM PST
The Blade says:
You can also look into something like this:

Kingston Wi-Drive 64 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage WID/64GB-A

Wife and I use one to transfer stuff and to store info. The app is a bit clunky, but functional.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 1:01:45 AM PST
D M Burke says:
I will look into this. Thanks. does anyone have a short summary of procedures and links to store on Cloud? I belong to Amazon Prime. I just heard some "sleep" audios on Amazon that I will download to use in my KFHD. I downloaded already the "Amazon Music Importer finds your songs and playlists from iTunes, Windows Media Player, or your computer's music folders, and allows you to add them to Cloud Player with a single click. click here" (link was on the music page ).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 1:38:00 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You can only use WiFi hard drives such as this Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage WID/32GBZ.
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