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Initial post: Sep 7, 2012, 11:48:22 AM PDT
can I hook an external portable hard drive to the USB port. the ad only states it will connect to a PC. This is critical for displaying my portfolio my photography business.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012, 11:52:40 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 11:53:08 AM PDT
The Fire can't host another device. You could load pictures to it from a computer, and use it that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 12:11:59 PM PDT
D.L.C says:
Yeah but after apply a mod and after the kernel patch update the original fire supported external memory via OTG. Granted, that's wwaaaaayyy beyond the average KF user, but it is a viable option if he's willing to try it.

What we don't know is if that path is available for the new Fires. I don't doubt it will eventually happen, but right now it's real questionable.

Plus he has to have an external power source. No tablet on the market is capable of powering an external harddrive. Thumb drive, mouse and keyboard are pretty much it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 12:13:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012, 12:14:30 PM PDT
D.L.C says:
You're better off with a Nexus 7 then.

Buy an OTG cable, micro usb to regular extender, the Nexus Media Importer app ($10 total investment) and you can real time display photos as you take them on your camera. You can also easily import and store them for display. I was able to import my entire point and shoot library in minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 1:40:55 PM PDT
this sounds good. Fry's is right around the corner. I can keep a AC power wall wart handy no problem in my camera case.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 1:44:26 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Richard, you could also use a wi-drive, just like you can use one with the recently sold-out Fire. For example:

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

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 1:50:20 PM PDT
jsh1120 says:
Bufo Calvin has already noted the best alternative to local USB storage. Works quite well with the Kindle Fire. Comes in various disk sizes and can be used simultaneously by multiple devices in the same wifi network.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 3:02:26 PM PDT
D.L.C says:
Photography display is actually the only business I think that can use a 7" tablet for business uses.

There might be a way to connect a USB bluetooth dongle to the OTG on nexus and have one of those new-fangled bluetooth Sd cards automatically upload to it. That would be pretty awesome in displaying photos if you're walking around an event.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 3:05:44 PM PDT
D.L.C says:
The junk thing about these is the battery life is really marginal on those things, maybe 3 hours 5 hours tops.

The Nexus 7 here has the clear advantage simply in ease. With the wifi harddrive, that's three pieces of expensive tech he needs. Nexus cuts that down to two.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012, 8:43:01 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 9, 2012, 8:49:03 PM PDT
acraftylady says:
Didn't someone mention a wireless drive that works with the fire? A Kingston of some kind, didn't write the info down or maybe I am remembering wrong what it was all about. Mary

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 8:38:04 AM PST
Gary says:
You can't use a WiFi hard drive on an airplane - surprise!! You also can't expect to access the cloud from an airplane - another surprise!! Why would they deliberately handicap an otherwise credible appliance? Because they are the Apple of the Android world and they want to control your every move and thought and direct it towards buying stuff from Amazon. I'm an Amazon Prime member, but I'm not sure I want to sacrifice what little device independence I have to these guys. Let me have an SD card or USB device that has MY stuff on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 9:45:59 AM PST
A. Dietz says:
Gary, that has nothing to do with Amazon and everything to do with restrictions on using devices that broadcast a signal on an airplane.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013, 3:59:58 PM PST
Onepaw says:
Okay, I am an elderly "newbee" with a nice Kindle Fire....I want to download my pics from a USB stick to the Gallery. Purpose: to show some elderly friends, who do not have a computer. Can I or Can I not do this? From reading the posts, the answer is "no" for the Kindle Fire...and yes for the Nexus 7....Did I understand correctly? BTW I do not want to pay to print out 600 pictures.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013, 4:34:51 PM PST
acraftylady says:
I have a first generation fire and what I did was install ES file explorer from the app store. Then I moved the photos from the memory stick to a folder on the computer. Then I hooked the kindle to the computer and go to my computer and click on the drive for the kindle and you can find the pictures folder and drag and drop from the computer to there. I don't use the gallery on my fire as I don't care for it and fine ES file explorer better for displaying my photos. If it's only one or 2 photos then I use the send to kindle PC app, they have it for MAC also. Just be connected to the internet with the fire and right click a photo on the computer and select kindle in the menu and then pick which kindle if you have more than one registered then click send and after a minute or so it will show up on the kindle. Mary

Posted on Mar 8, 2013, 4:15:02 AM PST
I. Brassai says:
AirDroid is excellent app for transferring media to smart phones and tablets. Its what I use.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2013, 4:21:16 PM PDT
grammabd says:
I don't have a kindle yet, but one of my concerns is this: I just want to have access to read books or watch a movie while we are "camping" especially since I don't go fishing! I also take pictures with a media card while we are camping and would just like to look at them - I don't have to download them or work on them - I'll do that when I get home. so, will the Kindle Fire let me plug in a USB cord that has my media card in the other end and just look at them?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2013, 5:16:12 PM PDT
No. The Kindle Fire's USB port cannot host any external devices. If you camera supports it, you can use an eye-fi SD card to wirelessly transmit photos from the memory card to the Fire with the compatible app. More info:

Eye-Fi (Legacy X2 only)

Also, if you want to watch a movie while camping, it must be downloaded to your Kindle Fire first, unless you have a mobile hotspot for wi fi access while camping.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013, 12:27:44 PM PDT
Soulrider says:
Currently, unless you want to ROOT your Kindle (modify it extensively software wise and void your warranty) your options are very limited (not even sure if you can use the USB port that way after rooting). The Kindle Fire HDs Micro USB port as mentioned can not HOST a USB flash drive or external USB hard drive or SD card directly from the port. It can charge from the Micro USB port while connected to a computer's USB port or a wall or auto charger, etc. It can also transfer files back and forth with a computer via the USB port and appropriate cable. The only other file transfer options that are out that I know of are a couple of wi-fi enable drives such as the aforementioned wi-drive. I believe there is also a wi-fi hard drive made by Patriot that works as well but I'm not positive.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013, 7:02:20 PM PDT
iamme says:
It's everything to do with Amazon. Android can support an external drive and Kindle is built on Android, yet Kindle cannot support and external drive. It's no coincidence Amazon also wants to sell you cloud storage.

This is just a stupid idea on Amazon's part, to cripple their own product and put other Android tablets at the advantage. A few tweaks and it could have easily supoprted external storage, but that's not how SOME tablet companies want to market their products.

The Samsung Galaxy can use an external hdd, for instance. You may like your Kindle, but that doesn't mean you should be giving people bad advice. To suggest wifi restrictions on airplanes are the problem and not Amazon sabotaging external storage is a ridiculous way to look at the problem. Amazon wants to sell you stuff from their store, just like Apple. They don't want you to be free to rip one of your DVDs or download a free movie collection and easily play it on your kindle.

A wifi external may be an option, but it's overpriced and prone to failure and a more complex setup. Very stupid move on Amazon's part. This is one of the reasons Samsung has better reviews on their tablets. Amazon could have slapped an Amazon GUI on the full blown Android OS, but they don't want you to have so many options because then you might not buy from them as often. Image if you could hook up a external DVD drive to one of these, why limit it?

MS did not get to be the most popular OS in the world by limiting third party development, their entire business model is about allowing third party development and while that sometimes backfires, the proof is in the market share. People want flexibility, not locked down products.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013, 7:11:47 PM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
If it's not serving your purposes (and not every tablet is going to serve everyone's purposes), why are you here?

Why aren't you buying a Samsung G-tab?

Posted on Aug 22, 2013, 1:16:43 PM PDT
Jacob Bihl says:
Why aren't you just using Google Drive with the Google Drive app for Android. It's free for the first 15GB and it syncs between your google account and all of your android devices. Just upload your folders to your private cloud drive... and they show up on Kindle.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013, 5:22:16 PM PST
Obsol says:
Amazon did a good job on the price, and if you have Prime, it is really an awesome experience. But without Prime, these aren't all that great. I do like all the video with Prime-I use the micro hdmi and hook up to my TV.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 3:27:36 PM PDT
But I can't play downloaded movies on a usb hard drive, can I? All else is cool.
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