iPad iPad external storage?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Random14, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Random14 macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Thinking of upgrading to an iPad Air soon, but debating about how many GB I should get. 32GB (or even 16GB) is fine most of the time, for browsing and some games, but when I'm occasionally traveling, the extra space helps a lot (long flights). And still thinking about the cellular option too (T-mobile or something else, etc.).

    I've glanced through some old threads, but never quite sure what still works. There's the iPad Camera Connection Kit, but that's still using the old 30-pin connector (are they ever going to update it? well, probably not much point, since they'd prefer you use your iphone), so I'd have to get a Lightning to 30-pin adapter, and not sure that many adapters won't mess up the connection.

    Then there's something like this-

    A Kingston device, basically like the Camera kit, I think, but wireless.

    Also, will Itunes stuff on an SD card work on an iPad or will some DRM block it? I've glanced through the older topics but not sure if they had an answer (or I possibly just missed it).

    I'd prefer not to bother with any wireless hard drives, don't need that much space, an extra 32GB would probably be enough.

    Thank you for any helpful answers.
  2. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    I have one of the Kingston MobileLite Wireless devices and it works great. I use to purchase larger sized IOS devices but now only buy the 16GB version. This will also play iTunes DRM as demonstrated in the below video.


    Works great for transferring photos back and forth. I have several 64GB SDXC cards and a 128GB USB thumb drive that I am able to store all of my extra movies, photos, and music on. There are a lot of videos on the Kingston website that shows the different capabilities.

  3. ref26 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2008
  4. Random14 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Ah, thanks for the link to the Youtube video. Extra space on an iPad is nice, but don't really need it most of the time so I'll skip it. Thank you for the answers, I'll look into getting the Kingston soon then.
  5. kathyricks macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    SanDisk - Connect 32GB USB 2.0 Wireless Flash Drive
    Let's me wirelessly move photos and other files on and off the iPad with Sandisk reliability. $59.00. 64GB available too.
  6. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    I just bought this one


    SanDisk Wireless Media Drive. I bought it because the reviews said it was better for videos. I have almost 1tb of movies and recorded TV I've collected over the years plus videos in various formats I've taken with different devices. Couldn't view them at all on my iPad (which is now my go-to media device for travel).

    Coupled with the app it's Playing Pro I can now watch all my .avi and .MOV files without converting.

    I bought the 64g size and added a 64g SD card. I'll add more cards as time goes on. It was $99 but I will now buy a 32g iPad from now on. I tried it with both my iPad and my Kindle Fire running at the same time and it streamed two different movies at the same time with no lag at all.

    I've been looking at the wireless storage devices for a while but the addition of the app was the key. The SanDisk app only plays Apple-type files. But It's Playing Pro does just about everything else.

    Plus the SanDisk device is really small and light. About half the size of an iPhone.
  7. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    I recently purchased a Sony Portable Wireless Server with 16GB card for $69.99 on sale at Fry's (will be returning). I tried it out and like it enough to order one from Amazon (without 16GB card since I have tons of SD cards) for $44.29 yesterday. It's by far cheapest price for this unit.

    The main thing I like about this unit is that it allow use of both SD and USB memory cards that are formatted with ExFAT. Since FAT32 has a file size limitation, support of ExFAT is awesome. Of course this unit does internet pass through, can upload photos and videos from iPad/iPhone to the SD & USB cards, do SMB server (I use this feature with GoodReader), lasts ~10 hrs per spec, and can charge your phone with it's built in 2200mAh battery.


    You can upgrade it to 64GB mSDXC card yourself ;)

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