A few weeks ago we saw how to mount an external hard drive on the iPad. Today I’ll show you how to mount a USB stick on your iPad and access its content with GoodReader for iPad, all this compliments of French iPhone.
By default, a USB stick is automatically mounted in /var/mnt/mount1, which is a hidden directory of GoodReader. With the following hack, you’ll be able to bypass this issue once and for all.
This is what you need:
- a jailbroken iPad with SSH on
- an iPad camera kit
- GoodReader iPad
Step 1: Connect to your iPad via SSH.
Step 2: Execute the following command lines.
mkdir /Volumes mkdir /Volumes/USB cd /var mv mnt mnt_old ln -s /Volumes/USB mnt cd `find / -name GoodReaderIPad.app`/../Documents ln -s /Volumes/USB/mount1 USB
Step 3: Plug your USB stick in the camera kit. Wait for the error message and launch GoodReader.
Now you can navigate the USB directory directly from your iPad within GoodReader. By using “Manafe Files” in GoodReader you can get the “open with” option which allows you to choose what application to use to open a file. You will for example be able to open a .doc file with Pages and edit it.
Nice hack, isn’t it?