This is a discussion on Using External Storage Devices with the iPad within the iPad Hacking forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by TylerThomas Hey, So I got my package today with the few small accessories I had ordered. I received: An SD card connection ...
What do you mean? The SD card connection adapter?
Both the USB Connection adapter and SD card connection adapter I have are third-party CCK products. At the site I got them from you can get connection adapters for just about any kind of memory card as well not just SD cards.
Or are you talking about the USB hub? Because that works in connecting up to 6GB of flash drives without external power. It can also theoretically connect three different storage devices at the same time (it just has 3 USB ports, but it also has a 30-pin connector for charging), which could amount to a decent amount of space, if you used an AC adapter with it. This would be handy fir transferring files and media between multiple storage devices and your iPad with out having to disconnect and reconnect and so on, or accessing files from multiple storage devices with one mount by your iPad. When you connect multiple storage devices with it, it shows however many devices you have connected in the devices tab of iFile.
But like I said, you can also use memory sticks, micro SD cards, etc. with the connection adapters available at the site I bought these little gadgets from. So I might add that to your list as well.
Last edited by TylerThomas; 07-22-2012 at 12:29 PM.
And I really would include network drives just make the list and tutorial more complete.
There are at least three makers that are compatible with an iPad. I can't remember one of them but Seagate and Western Digital both have network drives that you can use to store files and media externally for your iPad.
The Goflex Home is Seagate's network drive, and the My Book Live and My Book Live Duo are WD network drives.
I know you didn't like these kinds of drives, but I use one and don't have any problems with it, and it would make your list more complete to include them. Other people might find good use for them. I personally find my WD MBL superior to the Goflex Satellite, but you included it in the updated list.
Anyway, just a thought.
Last edited by yof; 07-23-2012 at 07:09 AM.
Well, without an AC adapter, you could take 3 2GB flash drives or a 2GB flash drive and a 4GB flash drive And connect them at the same time and then transfer files from them to you iPad and between them. With an AC adapter you could mount portable hard drives, 8GB and up flash drives, etc. because it would remove the power limitations. About the speeds, I'm not sure other than to say the ports are typically 2.0 USB ports.Originally Posted by yof
And no, the iHustler is a power converter of some sort. What it does is allow you to charge your iPad with normally incompatible chargers. I was confused as to what all you could do with it. It is limited to power transfer and not able to send/receive data. So it wouldn't work for overcoming the power limitations with 8GB and up flash drives, but like I said a USB hub with an AC adapter would be able to do that.
How would you use the Lexar SDXC card with your iPad?Originally Posted by yof
I owned a Goflex Satellite and used it extensively. They have less storage capacity than a MBL, the cost is inflated, and the app is not at all near as good. A big thing that I really like about the MBL is the app for it. You can do nearly anything you could want to with the media and files on it from your iPad. In my experience Seagate products are of a sub-par quality and the customer service isn't very good either. Western Digital however has a system set up where they implement any idea and suggestion of their customers if the idea or suggestion gets enough votes from other customers.
And you can almost always troubleshoot any problem you come across with a Western Digital drive at their forum online. So I don't see why people would be complaining so much about anything to do with it.
Thank you. I apologise for not reading the rest of the thread. Love this forum!Originally Posted by yof
But yeah I do agree that WD's customer support is very helpful and their forums are very active (too active with problems if you ask me). But yeah, if you say MBL support from the App is good, I'll take your word for it. Btw what is the App for WD MBL capable of? Upload? Download? Edit files? Stream? Anything it can't do? I gotta look into that tonight.
Oh yeah TylerThomas, can you take pictures of your iHustler and how you use it, a few of USB hubs with multiple usb sticks inserted, and USB hub with some hard drives inserted with ifile picture of it mounted? That would be great to see!
@ THLassie, people like you and their comments make it great!
Last edited by yof; 07-23-2012 at 01:24 PM.
So, I don't know much about Airstash. What exactly is it, and what all can you do with it? And it's not silly to me you are using an SD card, you gotta pick something if you want external storage. But anyway, I didn't know how you were going to use the card, that's why I was asking. And I might actually be able to find an SDXC card capable connection kit. Like I was trying to tell you in one of my other posts, I know of a couple sites where you can get third-party connection kits at really low prices that work fine and some of which allow you to use memory cards that you can't use with Apple's CCK. Like Memory Sticks, micro SD cards, etc.. I'll check out what all they have when I'm done with this post and get back to you about it with a more comprehensive list.Originally Posted by yof
I don't really get what your big problem with the WD network drives are, but anyway, you don't have to use them obviously if you don't want to. And I honestly don't have any problems with mine and that would be why I say some of the things I do about it. At least as far as network drives go themselves the WD ones are the best on the market, I feel not just in my opinion, but in actuality. I'm only as pleasant about them as I am because of the good experience I've had with them. Compared to the other methods for increasing the storage capacity of an iPad that I've tried out the WD MBL was the best so far for at least certain things that I would like to use such a thing for. Much better to me than anything Seagate makes.
There are two main apps for a WD network product:
And WD Photos
The current version of WD 2go is capable of the following:
Displaying .txt documents
Opening ebooks in ebook reader, etc. applications such as iBooks
Opening documents in office, etc. applications such as QuickOffice
Downloading any media or file for offline use (which can be retrieved in iFile, which is to say, you can use the media or file for anything that the WD 2go app can do otherwise, and can do anything else you could with it via a jailbreak with iFile)
Opening music in music editing or video editing, etc. applications such as djay or iMovie
Opening video in video editing, etc. applications again such as iMovie
Opening normally incompatible video or music in player applications developed for such things
Uploading media and files from your iPad to your network drive
AirPlaying any video, music, photos, etc. to your Apple TV
Opening photos in photo editing, etc. applications such as Snapseed or PS Touch
Editing file names
Opening any other kind of file in any compatible application
Uploading to Dropbox
Emailing file as attachment
Emailing file as a link
With WD Photos you can do all the same with your photos but can also save them to camera roll, post them to Facebook, etc..
All of which I would mention verily trumps the capabilities of the Seagate Apps for their network drives and even the Goflex Satellite. (I've used these as well)
And I think you're still confused about the iHustler (?). It's not capable of doing anything that expands or utilizes storage devices. I thought I had explained that well enough. It's just a power converter of some kind that overcomes the power limitations that Apple placed on their devices preventing them from being charged with certain third-party charging devices.
I can take some pictures of some of my stuff and I'll post them with some updated information on those CCKs I was talking about in a little while.
But anyway WD also makes TV network products that can be used with their network drives called the TV Live and TV Live Hub. With these you can stream any media from your drive on your TV as well as use other streaming applications like the other TV streaming devices are capable of. The only difference being between the two is that the TV Live is just a streamer and the TV Live Hub is a streamer with a built in 1TB hard drive. They also make an N900 router that has a built in 1TB hard drive for network storage.
I'll be back in a few with that stuff.
Last edited by TylerThomas; 07-23-2012 at 08:37 PM.