Huawei S7 - connecting USB external hard disc or flash memory

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    Hi,

    Is it possible to connect to Huawei S7 external USB memory (expl. WD passport 320GB)? Should I look for some adapter for USB port?

    Thank you!
    Justas
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    Wired i am not sure as i dont own one, but through wifi it should be possible, connect to yr pc, (wired or wireless) or to yr router (or nas directly) through wifi, and look up yr hdd.

    alternativlely, mostly you can buy usb connectors for ext HDD's (but as i said.. not sure)
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    Thanks Koets. The thing is that I want to have this memory connected to HS7 withought PC. I am planning to travell and I would like to take my films and other stuff with this WD passport 320GB.
    I think it should be possible. I saw in one of the videos that Huawei had a stand for HS7 with USB connections for storage. I do not know if it is commercially available, but that shows possibility. Anyway USB port is in place. the question is only if some adapter is available in shops and if SW can support this.
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    I read a rumor somewhere that the mini USB port on the S7 MIGHT serve as a host port, with some kind of dongle adapter, breaking out to a USB A female socket. I would love to get some kind of confirmation on this and if so, if the adapters are in the works. That would really make what you want to do easy. Plus, you (and the rest of us) could avoid having to haul a dock with us everywhere we go, just to have the USB host connection.

    I would like to do something similar to what you described, only I would probaly use hi-capacity USB thumb drives in lieu of a full USB backup drive.
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    so nobody tried that or it is not possible?
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    The sometimes seen docking station shows external USB ports so should support external mass storage, but don't ask me where you get one. The dock is connected via the bottom expansion port.

    Sent from my Ideos S7 using Android Tablet Forum App
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    No go on USB host. I had an adapter (micro USB to USB host) I used with my Archos 7HT.
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    I think what you need is this:
    Cabluri tip IPAD to USB - PC-Tablet
    It's used by lots of the chinese tablets. It has a 30 pin connector on one side that goes into the dock connector on the tablet and a USB Female on the other end.
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    I have a new Nokia phone which supports USB OTG (On The Go) and allows the phone to be used as a host to enable reading of attached mass storage devices. This includes thumb drives and hard drives (when eternaly powered).
    Unfortunately the S7 does not support this feature and the USB OTG adapter cable will not fit into the micro USB port as the plug configuration is non standard micro USB.
    The bus on the bottom of the S7 does allow this with the correct connector, but, as I said, they are like hen's teeth!
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    I would love that too, even if I had to connect an adapter to the dock port. That's because the biggest reason I got a tablet is to capture video or photos while driving in the car, and I don't really like having a laptop with a spinning HDD while bumping down rural roads.
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    OK some more info on this.
    The S7 may be able to do this through the USB port!
    It seems that it could be OS dependant and just require 2.2 and and a correctly wired cable. Manufacturers use their own cables for this purpose. I just found out that my 6 year old iRiver H340 hard drive MP3 player supports this!??????
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    Depends on whether or not the port is powered. We should be able to enable support through a custom kernel...
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    hi
    i can recomend two programs
    mount manager and/or cifs manager
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    You can use ES File Explorer from market (it's free)
    menu > New > LAN > Server

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Feb 10, 2011
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    Well... Considering that the S7 "doesn't have GPS reception" I'd believe that somehow you might be able to charge (at a low rate) through the USB port, like someof the other undocumented stuff we are finding. Someone will figure it out soon, probably. I just wish they put in the mini-USB plug instead, because I'm sure I'll try to fore mine in the wrong way one day.
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    What you want is an edimax ns 1500n
    Which is a £50 device you can plug your USB ext into

    Of course that's useless without power

    Pete, on the move...
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    Is there anything useful that you CAN plug into the USB port? webcam maybe? Projector? printer?
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    As previously stated, its not a host port so it cannot "host" any of those peripherals.

    Sent from my Ideos S7
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    Has anybody seen the thread on the Belarus forum (Подключение внешних устройств к планшету (USB flash и т.д.)) and tried what they describe? Look at the page with Chrome and it will offer to translate it for you (after a fashion). These guys show how to modify a cable and hook up external storage devices to the S7. As best as I can figure out you have to have root and do a little hacking to make the files accessible.
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    Yes, you can attach USB storage to your S7! It does have OTG host capabilities. Hope I didn't scare anyone with that nasty-looking link in my last post--it works even though it got all scrambled. Or you can copy/paste this into your browser (again, with Chrome you can get it translated): huawei.belarusforum.net/t166-topic

    Anyway, here's my version of what you need to do:

    1. Get root if you don't already have it. I used z4root (just temporary root so far, I'm being cautious).
    2. Get or make the right adapter cable. The Belarus post has modding instructions but I bought this: Micro male to USB female cable adaptor converter plug a | eBay
    3. Connect the adapter to the S7 and plug in the flash drive.
    4. Open a terminal session:
    $ su
    # ls /data/disk/media
    5. The folder you see there is your flash drive. The folder name will depend on your drive. For a couple of mine it is "disk" so in this case I type this to see the files:
    # ls /data/disk/media/disk
    6. To make the files accessible via your file manager do this (just the first time--it will stick):
    mount -t yaffs2 -o remount,rw /dev/block/mtdblock1 /system
    cd /system
    ln -s /data/disk/media mnt
    mount -t yaffs2 -o remount,r /dev/block/mtdblock1 /system
    7. From now on you can browse to /system/mnt/ to see your files in your file manager or from a program.

    I'm not sure if it's OK to just unplug the flash drive when done. I'm using umount as root before removing the drive just to be sure.

    I haven't done too much with this yet but so far so good!

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