Compatible Flash Drive?

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    I have a SanDisk Cruiser 8 GB flash drive that will NOT work in my A500. I traded temporarily with someone in my office because his 8 GB flash drive works fine in the A500. He doesn't want to trade permanently.

    I need to buy another stick, but I want to be sure I order one that will work with the A500. Any recommendations? If you're able to use a USB flash drive with your A500, what is the brand. Thanks!
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    The obvious...buy what you have been trading for and using, since you know it works.
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    USB drives needs to be formatted as FAT32 for most Android tablets. Many USB drives that have previously used with Windows are not formatted as FAT32 and need to be re-formatted to work with Android tablets.
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    my old 4g cruiser works just fine? even my bestbuy 8g. never bothered to check formatting tho.

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    The one I traded for is not available for sale. It was a promo item included with other hardware. Both sticks are formatted FAT32.
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    Not sure how this info helps but I thought I'd mention it...

    I have a brand new, just out of the package Sandisk Cruzer (8gb)...just tried it in my Iconia tab and it was read successfully. I did this just after an OTA update installed...not sure what all was part of this OTA push but the Sandisk Cruzer is being recognized. Not sure if this would have been the case previous to the OTA push.
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    The 8gb cruder should work. I have two 4gb cruzers, one still has the cruder software (shows up as a cdrom) and one doesn't. Both work fine. You can try downloading the HP USB Key Formatter (windows) and let it do a complete format to fat32 and see if that helps. I find it helpful when a USB stick gets fubar'd.

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    My 8gb sandisk cruiser has worked since day one and I got the tablet on launch day...
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    My 4Gb Toshiba stick works with it.
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    Everything I stick on the Acer works. Just purchased at CompUSA a real tiny PNY 4GB Attache Micro Swivel usb for $8.99. Works perfectly. And since it is only an inch or less in size, it is awesomely convenient.
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    Every fat32 usb storage device I've ever used with the A500 has worked. My only thought is that the USB device is formatted as exFAT. M$FT has moved away from FAT32 with Windoze 7 and as a result exFAT has been increasingly common on portable devices.
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    I just bought the ACER 32g from Costco, along with a 16g Sandisk Flash Drive they sell for $29.99, unbeliveable, works right out to the box. If anyone knows anyone interested in an ACER Tab, have them lookup Costco.com, ACER 32g Iconia tab was $489, included case and a mini to full size HDMI cable, WOW

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    A case? Can you include a picture of the case? Is it the same one they sell for $40 for the Iconica?
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    I just tried a 4 GB Lexar drive that I got the other day for $6:00. It's FAT32 formatted, and just works. (both to and from the Iconia)
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    While they don't give requirements in the doc's it appears that there may be a speed requirement for these USB drives to work. I took a 1 GB drive and formatted it to both FAT and FAT 32 and in neither case would my Acer A500 recognize it.

    Corsair Data Traveler 32 immediately started flashing its activity led when plugged in and worked great.

    Patriot Rage XT 32 GB also works.

    BTW, 32 GB USB plus 32 SD + 16 GB internal=80GB accessable at once in a tablet.

    I'm in love....:cool:
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    You all need to buy an App in the market called "USB Mount All v.1.3". It formats the tablets to accept all USB drives including FAT32. I found it researching the same questions you guys had and installed it. Works perfect.
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    I am new to these tablets. I have a A500 and want to use a flash drive for work items. How do you know if they work or don't? I can not figure out where to go to see whats on the drive. help.
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    Fat16 and Fat32 are BOTH handled by default in the Acer.
    No application is needed.

    Those drives that don't work usually have some security features and partitions on them. You can reformat them with any windows machine to get around this.
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    Go to the market and down load ES File Explorer. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop&feature=search_result See their website here. Its an awesome app and it lets you see the content of your entire Tablet and Flash Drive and move things from place to place. It will also browse your local area network and let you move files from your computer to your tablet and vise versa. Play with it for a few minutes to see how it works. Don't go deleting files with it.

    Almost any Flash drive will work. Its rare to find one that doesn't. Just avoid those with the so-called "security switches". Start with any you have laying around.

    When you plug in the flash drive ES File Explorer will show you the contents of the drive.
    (Local tab, press the microSD symbol (first symbol on the second line of icons)
    Then scroll down to /mnt and tap it. Then select USB_storage and the content of your Flash Drive will appear. Tap any file and it will open, as long as Android knows what it is. (docs, jpgs mp3s etc).

    But Android will find stuff on that drive with other programs as well.
    Use the Gallery app that is pre-installed. It will find all the pictures that are on the flash drive.
    Use the Music app. It will show you all the music that is on the flash drive.

    It takes these apps a brief few minutes to scan the drive and find all the files, so if they don't
    show immediately give it 3 minutes.
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    Thank you Icebike. I will try that.

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