It’s no secret that Apple charges customers premium prices for additional storage space. Unsurprisingly, many customers opt for the least amount of storage space and completely run out of it after only a few weeks of use. The solution? An external hard drive for iPad. With it, you can free your iPad from everything but the most essential files and comfortably carry with you far more songs, movies, and pictures than you could otherwise.
Best External Hard Drives for iPad
|Seagate||Seagate Personal Cloud||179.99|
|Seagate||Seagate Wireless Plus||162.9|
The LaCie FUEL is a wireless hard drive for iPad and other Apple devices. The FUEL has 1 TB storage capacity, which is enough for more than 500 movies and thousands of high-resolution photos and high-quality songs, not to mention millions of documents and text files. To connect the FUEL to your iPad, you don’t have to be near a wireless network; the FUEL can create one just like your home router and stream data to up to 3 devices simultaneously. And you don’t even have to be near an outlet because the FUEL has a built-in battery that can power it for up to 10 hours.
To access the FUEL from your iPad, you need to install the LaCie Media app from the App Store. The app serves as a file browser, allowing you to instantly access every movie, song, photo, or document on the hard drive. With a simple tap, you can push files to the FUEL, copy files from the FUEL to your iPad, or create a folder to keep your data organized. Because the FUEL is compatible with Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast, it works just as well with the iPad as it does with the Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, or Roku.
If you need to carry with you large amounts of data and access the data in the most convenient manner possible, the Seagate Wireless Plus portable hard drive is the right product for you. Available in 500 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB, this elegant yet durable wireless hard drive can wirelessly stream digital media to all kinds of devices, including the iPad. It also synchronizes with Dropbox and Google Drive, and it even communicates with DLNA devices, such as Samsung Smart TVs.
The Seagate Wireless Plus saves you from going from coffee shop to coffee shop in search for a free Wi-Fi network because it can create its own personal network, allowing you to conveniently access your content on-the-go without messing with wires. To copy files to or from the hard drive, simply download the Seagate Media app to your iPad to navigate your data library in a familiar way.
The Seagate Personal Cloud is a non-portable alternative to the Seagate Wireless Plus hard drive. Just like the name of this product suggests, its purpose is to give consumers the ability to store data in a personal cloud, with no recurring fees but with all the convenience that we’ve come to associate with services like Dropbox or Google Drive.
The Seagate Personal Cloud plugs into the wall for power and into your home Wi-Fi router for Internet access. Once plugged, you finish the setup by opening your web browser and creating a user account. With your Personal Cloud configured and ready, you can use it to back up all your data, securely access your content from anywhere you have an Internet connection, synchronize the content to your favorite public cloud services, or take advantage of the integrated Plex media server to stream your movies, music, and photos straight to your big screen TV.
The iBridge from LEEF is a USB flash drive but with a twist. Unlike a regular flash drive, iBridge has two connectors: one regular USB connector and one Lightning connector. Thanks to the Lightning connector, you can plug the iBridge into your iPad or iPhone and use the companion app to transfer your files to or from the iBridge. The companion app is easy to navigate, and it supports thumbnails and instant media preview.
The iBridge flash drive is available with 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB of storage space, and you can protect it either with a passcode or Touch ID to ensure that nobody but you can access your data.
The RAVPower 3-in-1 may not offer too much storage space right out of the box (only 64 GB), but it does offer two extra features that other hard drives for the iPad don’t have: charging and support for SD cards.
Built into the RAVPower 3-in-1 hard drive is a 5000 mAh polymer battery, which can significantly extend the battery life of any iPad or iPhone. The RAVPower 3-in-1 can transfer data and charge your iPad at the same time, so there’s no reason to tap the pause button just because the battery indicator has reached single digits. Also built into the RAVPower 3-in-1 is an SD card slot with support for up to 256 GB card. Thanks to this slot, you can extend the total storage capacity to over 300 GB, which will come in handy because the hard drive has a one-click backup feature that helps you keep your data securely protected from loss.