iPad mini iPad Mini movies from hard drive

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

  1. macrumors member

    May 30, 2011
    Can you watch movies from potable hard drive on the mini?
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2012
    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.
  3. macrumors 68030

    May 3, 2010
  4. macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    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
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    May 30, 2011
    Des it only work in a wifi enabled area?
    Or could I use one at work without wifi?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2013

    Yes you can.

    Before anyone tries to contradict me, quod erat demonstrandum:


    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

    Apr 11, 2012
    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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