[How To] Run Games Off A USB Drive On The Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 has two downfalls: A small amount of onboard memory, and no microSD card slot. With just a few games installed, your tablet will be out of memory, especially if it’s the 8GB model. So what do you do? Run the games off of a USB drive of course. And we’re here to tell you how to do it.

You’ll need:

  • Compatible USB OTG Cable
  • Paragon NTFS&HFS+
  • GScript Lite
  • Compatible kernel (ntfs read/write support)

Watch the video for a step by step, or keep reading for the info.

You’ll need to create a folder for each game on your USB drive. For example, if you’re playing Horn, it will be located in /sdcard/Android/obb/com.Phosphor.Horn.Paid. You’ll need to create a folder called Horn on your USB drive.

For NTFS USB drives:

  1. Plug in USB drive to Nexus 7 and unmount if the system automounts the drive (Settings – Storage – Unmount shared storage)
  2. Open Paragon NTFS&HFS+ and mount the USB drive using the automatic mount point setting (/storage/usbdisk).
  3. Open GScript Lite and run a game script to bind mount the game data folder to the sdcard.
  4. Enjoy your game and extra space!
  5. When done, unmount with Paragon NTFS&HFS+.

For FAT32 USB drives:

  1. Plug in USB drive to Nexus 7, it should be automounted by the system to the default location: /storage/usbdisk
  2. Open GScript Lite and run a game script to bind mount the game data folder to the sdcard.
  3. Enjoy your game and extra space!
  4. When done, unmount via the system: (Settings – Storage – Unmount shared storage)

Here are a few scripts you can use in GScript Lite, but you can make your own for many games. It’s not hard, just finding the right folder for the game files!

Script for Horn:
mount -o bind /storage/usbdisk/Horn /sdcard/Android/obb/com.Phosphor.Horn.Paid

Script for Bard’s Tale:
mount -o bind /storage/usbdisk/BardsTale /sdcard/Android/data/com.inxile.BardTale

Script for Max Payne:
mount -o bind /storage/usbdisk/MaxPayne /sdcard/Android/data/com.rockstar.maxpayne

Script for Dead Trigger (gave me an error the first time opened but worked fine afterwards):
mount -o bind /storage/usbdisk/DeadTrigger /sdcard/Android/obb/com.madfingergames.deadtrigger

If you try it, tell us how it went! Also tell us which games work and which don’t!

XDA-Developers

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