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Make some unsupported devices work with the iPad Other Hardware
Some supposedly unsupported devices may still work with the iPad, for example some USB sticks and SD cards never before used with a camera. It is possible to then copy image/video files directly from a Mac or PC to the iPad using the storage media, and not just via a connected camera.

I got an Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit for my iPad to transfer photos and movies directly to the device. Unless you have actually used a camera with your SD card, the iPad will complain that the device is not designed to work with it.

The easy workaround is to manually create a folder named 'DCIM' at the root level of the memory card or USB stick in the Finder on your Mac and you are set. Then put all your movies and pics in that folder. The reason this works is because that's the same folder a camera would make and store on the SD card in the first place. Note that this only works with images and video files supported by the Camera Connection Kit.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one, but it seems there are caveats.]
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Make some unsupported devices work with the iPad
Authored by: tempel on Jun 02, '10 08:49:18AM

Funny: I described exactly this possibility a few days ago in the Q&A section of the U.S. Apple Store for the Camera Kit.
Sadly, I later "added" another answer only to see my first getting deleted by that.
Anyway - all one needs to have is a DCIM folder at the root level of a disk, and the disk doesn't even need to be FAT formatted! HFS+ is supported, too!
So, just format a USB stick and place a DCIM folder onto it, and put your picture files in there, and the iPad should be able to import them.



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Make some unsupported devices work with the iPad
Authored by: robogobo on Jun 02, '10 12:31:16PM

Well at least there's SOME way to get files onto the iPad. I suppose it won't be long until someone figures out how to use the connection kit to transfer any ol sort of file into any ol place in the filesystem. I suppose through jailbreaking.



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Make some unsupported devices work with the iPad
Authored by: Jonstieg on Jun 15, '10 05:07:50PM

This hint partially worked for me. I am using a USB drive and the DCIM folder allows me to import videos but not JPEG photos. Does anyone know why this might be?



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