iPad iOS 13 and iPad 5 and external hard drive?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ev0d3vil, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. Ev0d3vil macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    Can the iPad 5 power the external hard drive sufficiently so that I do not have to carry a laptop overseas to backup my camera photos ?
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    No. iPad 5 cannot power any USB device without external power. You still need to carry your laptop. Only iPad Pro 2018 with USB-C port can power up most USB devices without external power, and can reverse charge many devices, including other iPads.
  3. rikmac macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2010
    I don’t take my laptop when traveling anymore. I use WD My Passport Wireless Pro hard drive. It, when setup correctly, automatically backs up photos and you can also bring all your files... Uses external power source and also runs on its only battery. Good Luck
  4. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000


    Nov 28, 2018
    It sadly isn’t powerful enough to do so.
  5. chikorita157 macrumors newbie


    Mar 8, 2019
    Caldwell, NJ, USA
    It's possible as I hooked up the usb hub on the monitor and a hard drive will work with an iPad Pro 9.7 1st Gen. You will need a powered USB hub or a Y usb cable that separate data and power to use hard drives that only powers off a USB port. You can probably get the additional power from a USB power bank. However, flash drives will work without additional power.

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