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When I connect my iPad 2 to my computer, it is displayed like a camera, and I can't put any files on it.

What could be the problem?

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Is iTunes installed? The only way to put files into the iPad is via iTunes. – molgar Sep 30 '11 at 11:36

According to this, when it shows up as a camera, then you have to sync it.

Yahoo answers - its suppose to show up like that

Macworld - iPad File Transfers (There's a paid app to use it like a thumb drive?)

From the above link:

The sad truth is that iPad file management is a chore

How to sync iPad 2 to computer, software download

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thank you harper. – Göktürk Solmaz Sep 30 '11 at 11:01
@ Gokturk I added another link in case itll be useful to ya – sealz Sep 30 '11 at 11:03
Neither of the links has anything to do with the initial problem (namely the iPad only showing as a camera). The first link you posted was missing altogether. The software you linked to is not free, it's only free to download and nothing else. – slhck Sep 30 '11 at 11:14
@slhck - The links have everything to do with the problem, I am going to guess the author does not have iTunes installed, that would be the first step. – Ramhound Sep 30 '11 at 13:19
The link says its suppose to show up like that, and if it does just sync it. – sealz Sep 30 '11 at 13:23

Start here and work through the iPad Troubleshooting process. In my case, I had to upgrade iTunes...

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All Ios devices have this feature, however, they simply emulate a USB file exchange protocol that similar to a USB pen drive/Mass Storage.

However, it only allows you to read/copy (and I think delete) from the device - it does not allow you to copy on to the device - you have to use iTunes.

However, some devices (Not sure the rules, I saw it on an old Ipod, but not on my Ipad or Ipod Touch) have an option you can set in Itunes that allow you to use it as a mass storage device.

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