The day has come. We can finally use an external hard drive with our iPad. Isn’t that great? We have to keep in mind that our iPad wasn’t exactly designed for an external drive. Since it’s a portable device, all our files, movies, and photos are meant to be stored in the cloud.
That’s exactly how it is until iPadOS has brought in support for flash drives and hard drives. So, now, we don’t have to rely on the internet to access our files. We can still enjoy the portability of our iPad and all our files without being connected.
Before we get right into the list of the best hard drives for our iPad, here’s something to think about.
There are a few factors to consider when picking the best external hard drive for your iPad: how often you store your files, how many files you store, and how easily you need access to your files. Different types of external hard drives will work better depending on your personal needs.
Here are the 4 external hard drives we can use with our iPad.
The LaCie Fuel is the most recommended. This has the best capacity, best value for our money, and best portability.
The LaCie FUEL external hard drive works as a USB 3.0 portable drive that comes compatible with all iOS devices. Its ability to work with and without an internet connection makes this hard drive excellent for on-the-go access and usability. The LaCie FUEL connects to your iPad through Wi-Fi, but it broadcasts its own Wi-Fi network. When you are not using the built-in Wi-Fi router and media server to share files simultaneously with your friends or colleagues, you can use LaCie FUEL’s network to hot spot up to five additional devices.
With an impressive 10-hour battery life and options to stream directly to your Apple TV or to Airplay, the LaCie Fuel is brilliant for allowing easy access to your files for long periods. This hard drive uses the Seagate Media App on your iPad and mobile devices and Seagate Media Sync on your desktop to manage files. This 1TD drive measures at 4.5 x 4.5 x 0.9 (HWD) and has a compact and durable design.
The Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro has an intense amount of space capacity and a very long battery life.
The Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro delivers high-speed performance with its 4K streaming over 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities. This makes for easy uploading, offloading, editing, and streaming on both your iOS device and your PC. It is even compatible with your Smart TV.
Offering a 10-hour battery supply with its built-in 6400 mAh power bank, the WD My Passport Wireless Pro is perfect for those on-the-go needs. Included in this hard drive is an extra port that gives you the ability to share its impressive battery power with other devices. With this feature, you can ensure that your iPad stays charged all day long.
The My Passport Wireless Pro is nice and compact. It measures at 126mm x 126mm x 22mm (HLW). It is small and easy to carry while still offering an abundance of useful features.
The Toshiba Canvio Advance is the best value for our money.
The Toshiba Canvio Advance has a slim and stylish design, measuring at 2.5 inches. It comes in fun and vibrant colors to reflect and fit your style. Its high storage capacity, 4TB, is capable of storing thousands of media files and documents. Compatible with USB 2.0 devices, but powered by USB 3.0 technology, the Toshiba Canvio Advance runs extremely fast allowing you to transfer and organize your files at a rapid pace. You do require an adaptor for thunderbolt connectivity, however.
You never have to worry about theft of your files as the Canvio Advance is password protected. It also comes equipped with Toshiba Storage Security Software for added protection. Simply set a time and interval, and this device will backup automatically.
You don’t have to worry about the Toshiba Canvio Advance hard drive breaking down after a short period as it has been time-tested for reliable performance. It comes with a 2-year warranty as a bonus so that you can use your device freely with peace of mind.
The Leef iBridge offers the best portability.
This small and useful hard drive measures at 63mm x 19mm x 18mm and is made for iOS devices. It has an Apple Lightning connector and a USB 3.1 connector built into its practical J-shaped design, which makes it easy to connect your iPad or mobile devices. You don’t even need to remove your iPad’s protective casing before connecting. This also gives you the ability to upload your images and files from your iPad to the device instantly.
Instead of wasting storage space by storing your images on your iPad or iPhone, simply plug into the Leef iBridge and save your files directly on to the hard drive. This keeps your iPad and mobile devices free of space to use for other applications. You can also keep movies and TV shows on the iBridge for those long days of travel.
With the Leef iBridge, you can create a password or use Touch ID with Leef lock to ensure that all of your files stay protected.
It’s good to know that we have these external hard drive options for our iPad. The options for iPad users are definitely getting wider.
Of course, Mac users also have the option to use an external hard drive. There’s also a long list of recommended external hard drives for Mac. It’s now very possible to store a gazillion of data in a Mac. That’s great but what happens when the hard drive fails?
For starters, we shouldn’t touch our Mac. Instead we should choose a certified Mac data recovery service company that can help us. Here are some https://www.harddrivefailurerecovery.net/mac-data-recovery/ service tips that can be of help.
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