questionscan i use an external hard drive with a tablet?

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I'm not 100% sure, but this page makes it sound like you can connect a Note to either a computer or an external HD. I also saw a comment on another site that said you can use an external HD, but it has to have its own power source. No USB powered drives.

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You might try something like this wireless external hard drive, which would use your tablet's wifi to access the photos, movies, and whatever. This model might be more space than you need, so check out the other sizes available to save some money.

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Wireless-Storage-Streaming-STCK1000100/dp/B00AQRUW4Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361427105

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I have an Acer Iconia (model A500) which has a standard USB port. I've used an external hard drive with it a number of times, mostly with movies on the drive. I use a powered USB hub as the A500 won't run the hard drive by itself.

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I can with my TF101 (Asus Transformer).
The best player I found was BSPlayer Free. BSPlayer will play from shared PC drives on a network.
Does your router have an USB port, if yes you could plug it in there and have a shared network drive.

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I would really love a tablet that you could jack a USB into. I don't see Apply going that direction at all though, as they claim that you should be able to do everything you need on an iPad without it "being like a computer"

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Just my 2 cents... depending on what you need the tablet for, it may not be able to "replace" your laptop - the functionality is so different. You could check something out like the ASUS TF300, which has a keyboard dock (they have an updated version of it by now), the keyboard dock has a full size USB port, so yes, you can use an external hard drive. Plus, you have a keyboard that you can type on - I think that typing on the tablet itself is a pain and it slows me down.
...just an idea.

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I was editing my answer and I did not make it in time.

I can with my TF101 (Asus Transformer).
The best player I found was BSPlayer Free. BSPlayer will play from shared PC drives on a network.

Does your router have an USB port, if yes you could plug it in there and have a shared network drive.
Some External HDs require more power. I think the real question is will you HD work with your Galaxy Note? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XndM31sH-sM

If you pull the HD from a PC to access via USB you will need this. http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B000YJBL78

http://www.samsung.com/us/news/20228
"USB Connection Kit to allow usage of thumb drives or USB peripherals"
http://www.amazon.com/Juiced-Systems-Connection-Samsung-Tablets/dp/B006MAWKRI
http://www.ebay.com/itm/30pin-USB-Connection-Kit-OTG-HOST-CABLE-Fr-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-10-1-N8000-N8010-/251121575594

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@baqui63: I have the same tablet, and am looking for a way to play movies on it. What format are your movies?

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@craigster38: My Asus Transformer has no problems running movies in .avi format. I haven't tried using an external drive as I didn't think to get a tablet with a USB port, but I transfer my movies to micro-sd cards and have never had a single problem with them. I open them from the File Manager to allow the device to select an appropriate app rather than trying to remember which to use. It will run them on either "QQ PLayer" or "Video Player" (I assume that's a basic app that came with the device) equally well. I open all my files from File Manager as I hate trying to recall which app is the right one for which media.

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@craigster38: MP4 would work on the Transformers, I have a 300T and it works on it so it should be fine with the 100T. I used to use AVI but codecs with that are a pain and some AVI's work and others dont, but so far MP4 has always worked for me.

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@moondrake: I have the keyboard with USB (even the slow Datastick Pro), it works fine with avi, but when you start getting to mkv's with 720 the stock player had issues that is why I suggested BSPlayer. I have not tried 1080.

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Most video players can play any file type if you set them to software decode mode.

I use bsplayer and it can play anything I throw at it (only tested avis,mp4s and mkvs though).

I think most android devices support usb accessories.

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@craigster38:

Movies and TV shows pretty much all encoded with Xvid (older stuff) and x264 into AVI (older stuff) and MP4 or MKV files. I've been using vplayer (search for it in google play) as it seems to work the best (it does cost $5 after a week).

Not everything plays correctly and I haven't bothered to figure out what the problem(s) actually are(usually it is the audio that doesn't play right), because I generally have plenty of stuff to watch and if the tablet doesn't like something, then I watch something else and save the stuff it won't play for my PC (where my TV is the 2nd monitor) running VLC.

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regarding the samsung galaxy's ability to accommodate an external hard drive (EHD), i just visited the local samsung dealer, intending to buy a 10.5. when the question about the external hard drive came up, i had the salesman actually connect a seagate EHD to the micro USB port on the side. the tablet did not recognize the EHD. it did, however, recognize a standard flash drive. it appears that the samsung tablets do not have enough power to recognize an EHD.
my suggestion: go to the samsung shop, have them connect an EHD to the exact unit that you want to buy, and see what happens.