Best iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 External Hard Drive Storage
iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 are great tablets but both come with limited memory storage without any USB port. This limitation can be taken out of the equation by buying an external hard drive (HDD) which has wireless data transfer capability.
Manufacturing a storage device for Apple tablet is not an easy task because you can't connect it directly with your iPad and Apple Read / Write restrictions also make it a difficult job, therefore, only a few good solutions are available in the market and they transfer data by creating their own local wireless network.
Although, options are limited but some offerings are really good and they work like a charm. Here, we're going to list and review best external storage options for your iPad Air and Mini.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite 1 TB Wireless Storage USB 3.0
Seagate is a renowned hard drive manufacturing company. GoFlex Satellite offers 1 TB capacity and it'll be a great companion for your Mobile devices and Apple tablet.
All you need to do is to transfer your Movies, Music and Documents from Computer or Mac to your GoFlex storage device. After finishing, you can stream that media on your iPad Air or Mini wirelessly without any need to hookup USB. You don't need any WiFi connection to access it. This is a brilliant feature and all the external hard drives in our list has this functionality because it means that you can use them freely during travelling and at places where no WiFi or Internet connection is available.
GoFlex Satellite has some excellent features. It comes with USB 3.0 / 2.0 cable which ensures speedy file transfer. You can either use GoFlex app from App store or your Web Browser to stream media. Three different iPad owners can watch High Definition movies simultaneously with GoFlex which is an excellent way to enjoy with friends and family. It also works flawlessly with Laptops, Android tablets, Android phones, iPhone, iPod Touch and many other devices. It provides 10 hours battery life which is really good keeping in view that your tablet will also not last more than 10 hours on battery if you're watching movies. Compact USB wall charger is also included in the package.
Corsair Voyager Air 1TB Wireless Mobile Storage With Ethernet (NAS), iOS and Android
Corsair Voyager Air is not only a wireless hard drive, it is a complete package. You can use it in number of ways like portable wireless drive, home network drive, USB drive, and wireless hub. By connecting it to your home network, you can access your media on Windows, Mac, Linux, Smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, video game consoles and streaming media boxes.
Setting it up is quite easy and you can easily connect it with your iPad Air or iPad Mini 2. With the help of free Voyager Air App, you can access your library of photos, videos and music easily. It can stream up to 5 HD video simultaneously and you can run it for 7 hours on a single charge. The Voyager Air app can be used with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android phones and tablets.
Kingston Wi-Drive USB 2.0 Portable Storage
If you want something more smart and portable than Seagate's offering, Wi-Drive from Kingston is a very good option for your iPad Mini or Air tablet. Most of the features are quite similar to GoFlex but memory storage option is not more than 128 GB. You can choose from 32, 64 and 128 GB versions but if you don't need much space to store your data then it's definitely a decent choice.
It's possible to store any file type on Wi-Drive but you can only view and stream content which iOS or Android supports. You can solve this problem by using some third party app from Apple Store or Google Play to run other formats. You can also use some file converter.
Data transfer via USB cable from PC or Mac is a piece of cake with this Kingston hard drive. No WiFi is required to stream content on your tablet and three people can access data at the same time. It supports iPhone, all iPad models, iPod Touch, Android devices and Kindle Fire. Wi-Drive comes with four hours battery life.
Maxell AirStash Wireless Flash Drive
It's a bit pricey as compared to our other picks and offers only 8 and 16 GB versions with additional Starter 8 / 16 GB Class 10 SD Card which is not much space for many users. We added it because it offers some nice features which Kingston and Seagate don't include in their products.
Like our other picks, it doesn't need any WiFi or Internet connection to stream movies, pictures and other documents on your iPad Mini or iPad 4. Three people can stream movies simultaneously on three devices and eight people can share presentations. It works with all WiFi and browser enabled devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Windows Phones, Android Phones ,tablets and Kindle Fire. It has formidable 7 hours battery life.
The best thing about AirStash is the ability to use your camera's SD card to view photos on your Apple tablet. Just insert card of your camera in AirStash SD slot and you can easily transfer photos back and forth from your iPad.