Possible to use any kind of hard drive on iPad?

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  1. Super Xander macrumors regular

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    I know that Apple doesn’t natively support hard drives on the new iPads.
    But do anyone know a third part app there makes file management possible on iPads?
     
  2. TinaBelcher macrumors 6502a

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    Don’t think so. I’m so mad at them cause I was planning on using my usb-c flash drive.. but of course Apple disabled that option purposely to force people to upgrade to more storage = more money for them.
     
  3. Beards macrumors 6502a

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    You can use wireless hard drives or one that attaches to your router.
     
  4. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    Often mentioned here is the RAVpower file hub, which I believe is a little WiFi router that can make external hard drives etc accessible via its app. Other wireless drives might have their own apps to access the storage.
     
  5. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    The app filebrowser allows you to connect any hdd to a router and lets you use the native files app to connect to the drive.
     
  6. sracer macrumors G3

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    I have the 1st gen of that device... and it is, IMO, the best option among all of the less-than-good alternatives. It's just the nature of iOS devices.
    shrug.gif
     
  7. Farsider macrumors 6502a

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    Any NAS that supports CIFS/SMB will work too. Get the FileExplorer app and with its excellent Files integration, you can access all data directly from the NAS using Files.app
     
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    I use an NAS for my personal file management.
     
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  11. Ettepetje macrumors newbie

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    All the options I have seen, even the expensive ones, are SLOW. When you try to manage 10-100 gigabyte of videos or RAW files from your camera or SD card you need 40+ megabyte/second, not 3-7 megabyte/second.

    Hopefully the USB-C connector can open up new possibilities on this front, both to and from the iPad.
     
  12. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Totally agree. But I bet it won't happen.
     
  13. Ettepetje macrumors newbie

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    But it already can be done. Wifi is quick enough, if I use my old MacBook Pro. So a decent speed wireless hub is needed instead of the crappy ones currently for sale.

    The other route is an official or unofficial tool to read/copy files beyond the DCIM folder, like some SD card readers already are doing (albeit at USB2 speed, because of the slow lightning port).
     
  14. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    The difficulty lies in combining a good wireless router/hub with a non-interfering USB3 capability (and SD card and Ethernet?) in a compact package that can be reliably and economically produced. If someone could do that, they likely would have and that's why we don't see this in the marketplace.
     
  15. Ryan P macrumors regular

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    IOS 13
     
  16. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    I'd like to think so but iOS 13 is starting to sound like a compendium of everybody's wish lists. I'll believe it when I see it.
     

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