I'm currently making a little video recording device using the RPi for someone who is not so tech savvy, although they are used to attaching a camera or sd card to the computer and pulling images and video to their home computer that way.

Can the RPi essentially just plug into a computer and boot up as an external drive (as if plugging in a usb)? I'm sure it would take a bit to get it to work in that way but have not come across too much in my research. For example ideally I would not want to have to plug a usb into the pi to get the files and then plug the usb into the destination computer.

They would be transferred onto a typical Mac or Windows computer from an un-networked Pi. I've read a few dropbox solutions but again I believe this is going to be an un-networked Pi.

Thanks for any help, suggestions, solutions.

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The Pi cannot operator as a USB slave device without additional hardware.

USB slave emulation Can I use Raspberry Pi as a USB peripheral device?

However as hard as I try I cannot find the device I have seen previously, pretty sure it was kickstarter or indiegogo.

The Raspberry Pi Model A might be an exception https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=74098

Good luck and lets know how you get on.

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    I think instead to make my life easier I'll go with a enlisting an extra microSd card and usb adapter. That seems to be a smaller form factor and easy enough for the uninitiated to understand.
    – Chaz
    Jun 12, 2015 at 16:34

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