Although Apple's iPad does not have a full-sized USB port, it's nevertheless possible to connect a USB flash drive to an iPad using the Camera Connection Kit. The process requires a drive formatted according to the FAT32 format -- and it's limited to just the transfer of photos.

Reformat the Flash Drive to FAT32

Step 1

Insert the flash drive into your computer.

Step 2

Hover your mouse pointer over the top right or bottom right of your screen, or swipe in from the right, and click "Search" from the Charms bar. Type "This PC" and click this search result.

Step 3

Locate the flash drive, then right-click it and choose the "Format" menu option. Choose "FAT32" within the "File System" option.

Step 4

Click "Start" to format the drive.

Create a DCIM Folder and Put Photos In

Step 1

Open the flash drive in Windows Explorer, then right-click any blank space in the flash drive's folder and select "New Folder."

Step 2

Right-click the folder and select "Rename." Name it "DCIM" and click "Enter" to save the name.

Step 3

Locate any photos you want to get onto your iPad from your flash drive and drag those into the DCIM folder on the flash drive.

Import Files from Flash Drive to iPad

Step 1

Insert your USB flash drive into the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit.

Step 2

Insert the Camera Connection Kit into the Apple iPad.

Step 3

Wait for a few seconds until the photos on your flash drive appear on your iPad in the Photos app.