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Does Camera Connection Kit work with USB Thumbdrives?

2585 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 23, 2011 10:41 AM by lyskamm RSS
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Hi, just got the new iPad2. Love the device. Thinking of it to support some work related processes on the road. Work's IT policy won't allow me to load iTunes on to work machine. iTunes is on my home, personal machine. But instead of putting work materials (videos, pictures, etc.) on to a thumb drive, go and load that on to home machine then reload on to iPad, can I use the Camera Connection Kit to directly load from the thumbdrive?

Thanks in advance!
Lenovo, Windows 7
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,840 points)
    You can load pictures from an SD card so long as they are located in a DCIM folder in the root directory with naming convention of 8 plus 3. A thumb drive will not work and you can only transfer pictures and video content.
    MacPro Dual Core 2.66 Ghz, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6), AEXs, Red 2G & 5G Nano, Red Shuffle, 160 GB Classic, Apple TV
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (135,105 points)
    It will only work with photo and video files. A thumb drive will probably work if you use a powered hub since typically they draw too much power and you get an error message on th iPad.
    Mac Mini Early 2010 OSX 10.6.6, G4 MD OSX 10.5.8 - iPad 3G & G4 Touch, iOS 4
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,840 points)
    As was already stated, if you carry a powered hub with you, find outside power, connect the thumb drive to the hub, go from the hub using the USB mini plug connection to the Camera Connection Kit, and follow the other protocols, it may work.
    MacPro Dual Core 2.66 Ghz, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6), AEXs, Red 2G & 5G Nano, Red Shuffle, 160 GB Classic, Apple TV
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
    Some thumb drives work... I just check the thumb drives that I have (4GB) and they still work with the Camera Connection Kit, no power hub was used. This is the important part, thumb drives need to be formatted fat 32. You can format the thumb drives with the disc utility app on a Mac.

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    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), FCS2, nano 5th, iPad 1 WiFi, iPad 2 3G, Apple TV 2
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,840 points)
    Older low capacity models may work, newer ones tend to draw just a bit more power than Apple allows on the iPad dock connector at this time.

    I don't recall ever running into a thumb drive that was not FAT 32. Even the Shuffles are FAT 32, but I know they draw too much power
    MacPro Dual Core 2.66 Ghz, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6), AEXs, Red 2G & 5G Nano, Red Shuffle, 160 GB Classic, Apple TV
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (135,105 points)
    A FAT 16 formatted thumb drive works too. I used to use on before iOS 4.x.
    Mac Mini Early 2010 OSX 10.6.6, G4 MD OSX 10.5.8 - iPad 3G & G4 Touch, iOS 4
  • lyskamm Calculating status...
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    Mar 23, 2011 10:41 AM (in response to deggie)
    I'm using a recent 16GB Kingston Mini Lite and works perfectly (iOS 4.3).
    Basically you should use the basic models with no light indicator.

    Alternatively just buy a SD card and use the SD adapter part of the Camera Connection kit.
    iOS 4

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