Expanding your storage

Posted on March 13, 2008
Filed Under Maemo, N810, Tutorials |

I know this is and old topic by blogging standards, but because I found so simple and cheap to use external usb flash-drives with N810, I decided to write a quick walktrough.

  1. Get yourself a female-female usb adapter. I ordered from this funny sounding store on eBay, and it took 1-2weeks for it to ship to Finland. Total cost: 2-3€ delivered. Plus the package is often very pretty if you order from Hong Kong :) Just search for example “usb female to female adapter” and sort by price.
  2. Install Kate’s usb-otg-plugin.
  3. Select host mode.
  4. connect your usb cable, adapter and the flash drive.
  5. Enjoy the warm pseudohackerish glow deep inside…

USB OTG Host mode flash driveThis image shows dmsg output after connecting the drive. My N810 opened the file manager automatically upon connecting. The USB flash key is a 2GB Kingston DataTraveller Mini.

Next up arduino….


14 Responses to “Expanding your storage”

  1. turn_self_off on March 14th, 2008 08:33

    hmm, i wonder if the cable that came with my N800 will work with the right adapter…

  2. Bobo on March 14th, 2008 11:43


    N800 with the included cable + USB A female to female adapter works just fine.

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  4. onion on March 14th, 2008 20:28

    No need to wait 1-2 weeks, go to your nearest Class Ohlson.

  5. Bobo on March 16th, 2008 17:43

    Good to know, but I really just like to click around a few minutes and then get the stuff delivered to my home.

    It’s really not about being busy, more like lazy :)

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  7. Tut on March 17th, 2008 06:43

    will this work with the n800 through the female female adapater Targus ACP50US

  8. Bobo on March 17th, 2008 07:04

    As you can hopefully see from the picture, the small adapter is only used to connect two male USB cables together. Or in this case male Nokia USB cable and your flash thumb drive.

    Please don’t buy the Targus docking station, it wont do the job.

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  11. khak on March 20th, 2008 14:33

    Why I cant instal usb-otg-plugin . There is info that I cant do that couse I mis somthing ? what do I need before instaliung usb-otg-plugin ?

  12. brian on March 21st, 2008 22:10

    I tried this with my n810. USB sticks worked for me, but SD cards in a USB cardreader didn’t. A bummer, because my goal was to be able to use the n810 as a kind of camera companion - move files from camera to device for backup and viewing. BTW, connecting my camera directly to the device did not work either. Does anyone else have an SD card reader working?

  13. priom on January 30th, 2009 01:31

    im trying to connect my usb mp3 player but it says “unable to connect,no file system available”…now what should i do???

  14. flyff gold on June 16th, 2009 07:01

    Great article. Thanks for the great resource.

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