Ipad mini 2 and usb hard drive

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  1. c7fnt macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am looking at getting an ipad mini 2 to carry with me on holiday and use it to transfer pictures off my camera and onto some form of storage.

    I currently have a WD Passport Ultra. If I got the required adaptor would it be able to connect this to the ipad to transfer pictures to it?

    Cheers
    C7FNT
     
  2. craig1024 macrumors regular

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    No you cannot connect external hard drives or USB keys to the iPad you have to get a device that makes a wifi hotspot and networks the drive I think there is one called the hootoo.
     
  3. sparksd, Feb 15, 2017
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    sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I use a RAVPower Filehub for this and it works great:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016ZWS9ZE

    On a trip to the Galapagos I used it to transfer thousands of RAW pics and videos from my camera's SD card to a WD portable drive. Also use it to stream movies from the drive to my Air 2. I use both the RAVPower app and FileBrowser to access the drive and any other attached media.
     
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    I used a Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wireless hard drive to transfer files. But Seagate Wireless hard drive has replaced GoFlex drive
     
  5. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    This is the only reason I keep my android tablet.

    I wish ipads could talk to usb storage via camera kit.

    I take my android tablet when do lots photos with my SLR.
     
  6. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    One of the nice things with the FileHub is that it is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, etc. When transferring a lot of photos from an SD card to an HDD, I usually just use my Android smartphone and just let it sit there as it transfers (SD card to HDD is about 1 GB/minute). I use the FileHub with my Air 2, a Galaxy S7 Edge phone, and a Nexus 7 tablet.
     
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    Seagate Wireless hard drive will work with iOS, Android, Windows (all versions), and OS X and I have both iPad Pro and LG tablet. :)
     
  8. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    There definitely are a lot of options out there. Besides the RAVPower, I have a similar Kingston G3 filehub and a 500GB SeaGate wireless drive. The one shortcoming of the G3 is its limitation to 2TB HDDs whereas I can use my 4TB drive with the RAVPower. I've turned the Seagate into a static, hard-wired drive on my desktop as I prefer to use a device that allows different types of storage elements (e.g., HDDs, flash drives, SD & uSD cards) to be used with it.
     

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