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I would like to transfer a bunch of photos onto my iPad without syncing through iTunes.

I had the idea of using a USB flash drive and the Camera Connection Kit, but simply dumping the pictures into the root directory of the drive doesn't work; the iPad says that there are no photos.

Is there any way to do this?

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This can be done by imitating the folder structure of a camera's memory card.

First, find a flash drive that's compatible with the Camera Connection Kit (i.e. doesn't draw more than 100 mA).

Create a directory in the root of the USB drive named DCIM. Inside DCIM create a directory that has exactly 8 characters. Put your picture/video files inside this directory, ensuring that they have an 8.3 pattern filename (e.g. somepics.jpg).

You'll end up with a directory structure that looks like this:

USB drive root
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Connect the ipad usb cord to your Ipad and computer, get a flash drive, connect as well to your computer. Go to "my computer- Your ipad device should be seen. Open it as you would a file. DCIM file - copy file, go to USB drive, open and then paste DCIM file. Finito...

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