This is my 2nd post on the forums (after my intro post of course ) and I've got some questions about the iPad Storage, File Management, and iCloud that I haven't been able to find answers to on any web searches. Apologies up front for the long post, but I want to make sure I'm very clear about my query as i've read quite a bit of info on the web on these topics and I'm looking for very specific information...
Before I ask - here's some background info:
1 - I'm running a home wireless network using a Belkin N750 Dual-Band N+ Router and a 3TB Western Digital My Book Live HDD for storage.
2 - I have all my photos (38GB of jpgs), music (92GB of mp3's - no wavs or wma's) and videos (125GB variety of wmv, avi, 3gp, and mod [JVC proprietary format]) on the WD Book
3 - I'm using WMP 11 to manage my music library via PC - and Google Music to stream my library to my Android Phone
4 - I'm using Picasa to manage my photo and video library on my PC - but I haven't explored PicasaWeb for streaming
5 - I'm using Google+ (sparingly) - fyi - i'm not happy with the speed of google+ on my android phone- it's SLOW even on my home wi-fi, so I'm not really using it to stream photos/videos at the moment.
Question 1 - File Management
The western digital HDD has cloud capability which allows me to access my files from anywhere via a web portal - and there's a Western Digital app that allows me to browse/download my network files when i'm at home, but it doesn't allow me to copy/move files from my phone to the HDD.
I know the iPad can access all my home media in various methods - through the Western Digital App or Western Digital's web-portal.
My question is NOT "how do I access my media on my home server?" - so I want to make sure we don't get into that discussion.
What I haven't been able to find a lot of information on is - how do I get files from the iPad onto my Western Digital HDD *wirelessly*
Does the iPad have the ability (natively or via an app) to transfer photo and video files wirelessly directly to a network HDD (not PC)?
I'm assuming I could always plug the ipad via USB to my PC and manually drag files from the iPad to my network drive, but i'm trying to eliminate the middle-man, so to speak.**I am currently using wifi file transfer to get stuff off my android, which is more a workaround than a solution
This leads to my next question concerning iCloud
Can I transfer data from the iCloud directly to my network HDD (not PC)?
I don't want to use Dropbox or other 3rd party cloud services - since I already have my own cloud, and if I got an iPad I would have access to iCloud.
As stated above, Western Digital's app WD2go lets me access files from my cloud, but I can't move files from my phone to the network via this app.
Would apple's iCloud allow me to "dump" content to my network HDD (in other words, using the iCloud like a pass-thru?)
I'm hoping someone on here has some insight into my questions.
thank you in advance!