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Connecting to External Hard Drive

  1. YiHao
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    YiHao , Nov 22, 2017 :
    I am trying to connect my OP5 to a Transcend 1TB hard drive by using an OTG cable. For some reason, it does not work. I am not sure if it's because of not enough power supply, or it just doesn't support the hard drive. Can anyone enlighten me if you have successfully connected a 1TB hard drive to your OP5 without external power supply?

    Also, I see many OTG dongle out there that provides charging your phone while connected to external USB drive, but I did not find any that allows charging of external hard drive instead. Is my concept wrong or I am just not searching for the right keyword?
     

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  2. Nezumi_
    KitKat Nov 22, 2017

    Nezumi_ , Nov 22, 2017 :
    did you enable otg storage in advanced settings?
     

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  3. YiHao
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    YiHao , Nov 22, 2017 :
    Yeap. I am able to connect to an 8GB USB, which most of the people are able to do so. Just not to a 1TB hard drive. [e]1f60a[/e]
     

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  4. Shaf_08
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    Shaf_08 , Nov 22, 2017 :
    bcoz 1tb of external storage can't support for any of the android devices.U can connect external storage upto 128gb only.
     

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  5. Nezumi_
    KitKat Nov 22, 2017

    Nezumi_ , Nov 22, 2017 :
    in that case maybe your external hdd requires more power to connect, i've able to connect some wd portable hdds and silicon power 1tb external hard drive, the phone can even detect multiple partitions on the drive.
     

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  6. YiHao
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    YiHao , Nov 22, 2017 :
    Oh! Which means I have to open a few 128 GB partitions in my external storage in order for Android devices to support it?
     

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  7. YiHao
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    YiHao , Nov 22, 2017 :
    I see. That's the thing that I want to find though, a cable that allows external power supply for my external storage, and at the same time allows connection through OTG to my device. Couldn't find it anywhere online yet.

    Anyway, someone above just mentioned Android devices only support external storage up to 128GB, maybe I can try that out first. [e]1f60a[/e]
     

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  8. Shaf_08
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    Shaf_08 , Nov 22, 2017 :
    no!! If you are using a 128gb model of oneplus device you can use 128gb external hard drive..!!
     

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  9. Nezumi_
    KitKat Nov 22, 2017

    Nezumi_ , Nov 22, 2017 :
    false, the maximum storage size android can handle depends on the partition size and type, and most hard disk drives are formatted with ntfs nowadays.. which can support 1tb or more storage size.
     

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  10. YiHao
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    YiHao , Nov 22, 2017 :
    Ah I see. If that's the case, I guess I probably can stick with USB pendrive then. [e]1f602[/e] I only have a 64GB storage OP5 [e]1f602[/e]
     

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  11. Shaf_08
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    Shaf_08 , Nov 22, 2017 :
    oh!!!
     

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  12. Nezumi_
    KitKat Nov 22, 2017

    Nezumi_ , Nov 22, 2017 :
    alternatively you can try with another external hard disk drive.
     

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  13. Shaf_08
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    Shaf_08 , Nov 22, 2017 :
    yeah your choice
     

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  14. R1510719101382
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    R1510719101382 , Nov 22, 2017 :
    No you can I Connect 1TB WD on OP5
     

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  15. YiHao
    Cupcake Nov 22, 2017

    YiHao , Nov 22, 2017 :
    Hmm alright. I will test it out after that. Since it works on yours, it should too on mine. you only connected using a normal OTG cable without external charging right? Is it a must to use One Plus original OTG cable though? It was out of stock when I bought my OP5, so I am using other brands actually.
     

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  16. Nezumi_
    KitKat Nov 22, 2017

    Nezumi_ , Nov 22, 2017 :
    yep, i have both remax and satoo (obscure chinese accessory brand) type-c otg connector, they works just fine for me, and is able to detect the external drives.
     

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  17. skt_9
    Gingerbread Nov 22, 2017

    skt_9 , Nov 22, 2017 :
    please check whether you formatted your external hard disk as FAT32 or NTFS. FAT32 would be allowed universally on all mobile devices and detecting NTFS is a problem as it will require more power which phone may not provide. Usually most of external HD's up to 3 TB are formatted in FAT32. Disadvantage of this is you can not transfer 4k videos or files greater than 4GB. To transfer files greater than 4 GB you need to format as NTFS. It's a compromise one has to make. I say that you need external power source with NTFS.
     

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  18. mbouy
    Cupcake Feb 17, 2020

    mbouy , Feb 17, 2020 :
    I'm currently backing up files to a 4TB Portable HDD, with no other power source or special adaptor. It's a WD Ultra which ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable, I've plugged it in with no adaptors required. My phone wanted to format it first, and said it did but the existing files are still there. It started copying ok, I left it with 5000+ images to copy, the phone went to screen-dark idle, then wouldn't wake until I'd unplugged the drive. I've started again and will let it go while the HDD activity light is flashing - approx 40 mins to go.
     

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