1. mikepalma's Avatar
    Is it possible to plug the 950 XL into an external hard drive?
    04-22-2016 08:27 AM
  2. Indistinguishable said: Best Answer

    How could this work?
    Phone -> USB-C - USB-A Converter -> Flash Drive. Just like in the Windows Central video from the article I linked earlier.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkgh-GMoraY
  3. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    You should be able to. But I don't know what external hard drive you have.

    I'll tell you the easiest answer. If you have a computer, you could pretty easily plug your phone into your computer, and your computer's hard drive is now an external hard drive for your phone.

    Pretty simple solution, eh? Does that answer your question?
    04-22-2016 09:35 AM
  4. mikepalma's Avatar
    No PC, trying to only have 950XL as my PC...i have a Lenovo F360 external drive
    04-22-2016 10:13 AM
  5. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    No PC, trying to only have 950XL as my PC...i have a Lenovo F360 external drive
    Gotcha. Well if your external hard drive uses a USB connection, you probably just need a USB-C - USB-A adapter. Plug it in and you would be good to go. Here's a Windows Central article on USB OTG with a Lumia 950.

    The Lumia 950 and USB OTG: Thumb drives, microphones and keyboards | Windows Central

    Check out the video, too. Pretty cool.
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    04-22-2016 09:00 PM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Not sure about power supply from the port. I assume it would be very low...
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    04-22-2016 09:18 PM
  7. Vlatko Stojanovski's Avatar
    Not sure about power supply from the port. I assume it would be very low...
    I would assume the same, however, i think with the continuum dock, considering it has USB 2.0 ports, it should be possible.
    Haven't tried to see if the phone recognizes the HDD connected to the dock in that case, though.
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    04-23-2016 06:47 AM
  8. th34monk3ys's Avatar
    I tried an external drive and it doesn't work doesn't mean they all do it maybe only compatible on certain drives/ format of the drives I didn't bother looking into it to find out, maybe format in fat32 or fatx may work as sd cards normally are set as that!
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    04-23-2016 10:56 AM
  9. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Maybe sticking with a large flash drive is the way to go here.
    04-23-2016 12:36 PM
  10. mikepalma's Avatar
    Maybe sticking with a large flash drive is the way to go here.
    How could this work?
    04-23-2016 03:21 PM
  11. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    How could this work?
    Phone -> USB-C - USB-A Converter -> Flash Drive. Just like in the Windows Central video from the article I linked earlier.

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    04-23-2016 05:28 PM
  12. Gabriel Celio's Avatar
    I know this is an old thread, but for those who may search and find it the answer is yes with the adapter.

    I use my Lumia 950 XL with a couple of external drives, one from Seagate 1.5 TB (NTFS) and a Western Digital 2TB (NTFS), and I have tried on an old 800 GB (FAT32, formatted using Ridgecrop software for that) with minor issues of after a few times connecting it may not show up to disconnect.

    I have watched up to 4K movies but only those that are 6 GB size. Larger than that and there are issues, like a 25GB was unwatchable but I could hear it playing.

    I hope this helps.
    03-17-2017 02:45 PM
  13. raggedy b's Avatar
    On a side note loved my n8 ,plug in hard drive connect to tv and watch movies anywhere ,was a great phone
    03-19-2017 09:38 AM
  14. Kaustubh Jondhalekar's Avatar
    I had Seagate maxtor M3 1TB portable HDD. But can't connect to L950. Can you plz provide info about your hdd like partition info gpt/mbr, format type, partition size.
    11-04-2017 04:41 PM

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