iPad mini iPad Mini movies from hard drive

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Martylaa, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    Can you watch movies from potable hard drive on the mini?
     
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    The Kingston Wi Drive works well, but is limited in size(64 GB max I think). Still, with Handbrake, you're looking at 30 or so movies.
     
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    I use an Airstash, which I like for a few reasons:

    1) It's about the size of a pack of gum, so quite tiny (it's like a large USB stick)....smaller than the HD equivalents.

    2) I can pop whatever SD cards I want in it. I have a 32 GB in there now, so I can put a bunch of movies on it, and serve to my iPad + other devices at the same time.

    If I need more storage, I can buy extra SD cards. If you were carrying 50 moves or so, it would make more sense to get one of the streaming HD solutions, but for 5-10 movies, this works great, and spare SD cards are cheap. Works great.

    Only downside is that it's not that cheap: http://www.amazon.com/Maxell-AirSta...=UTF8&qid=1361199817&sr=8-2&keywords=airstash
     
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    Des it only work in a wifi enabled area?
    Or could I use one at work without wifi?
     
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    Yes you can.

    Before anyone tries to contradict me, quod erat demonstrandum:

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    Here's what you need:

    Jailbroken iPad mini
    Lightning to USB camera adapter
    FAT32-formatted external hard drive (No NTFS or exFAT)
    External power source. This can be a hard drive with its own power source, a powered USB hub, or what I'm using: an external USB cattery pack with a dual-input cable; one going to the Lightning adapter, the other to the battery pack
    iFile (app, available from Cydia)



    Honestly though, the USB adapter + unpowered USB hub + a few flash drives is a much more portable solution
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Airstash as well and it works quite well. It also obviates the need for a camera connection kit since it can import/export photos off SD cards. Pretty nifty.
     

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