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Best iPad Air, iPad Mini External Hard Drive Storage

Updated on October 1, 2014

Top External Memory Storage Options For iPad Air and Mini

After buying Apple's new iPad Mini or iPad Air, many folks would be looking for a top rated external hard drive ( HDD ) which act as a reliable extended memory storage solution for your precious tablet. Mini and 4th generation Apple tablet comes with limited storage options i.e 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. You can't extend storage capacity of your iPad by using SD card because it doesn't support it. Moreover, you can't connect USB 2.0 or 3.0 directly to it. These drawbacks make you wonder that what are the ways around these obstacles?

Fortunately, there are some working storage solutions in the market which use wireless data transfer technology or Apple Camera Connection Kit for USB interface and these products work without any jailbreak method. Here, we're going to review the best external hard drives for iPad Mini, Air, iPad 4, 3, 2 and the original iPad.

Seagate Wireless Plus Portable External Hard Drive For iPad

Seagate Wireless Plus is an ultimate storage option for those people who love to watch movies and TV Shows, listen to music, view photos and documents on their Apple tablet. With 500 GB, 1TB and 2TB capacity options, it can seamlessly stream your huge media library wirelessly over WiFi network. Keep in mind that you don't need a WiFi network, hotspot or Internet connection to view documents or to watch media files because it has its own wireless network. You can stream 3 different movies or other content over Wi-Fi simultaneously to 3 iPads.

This is specially a great product for people who travel a lot or those who stay away from home for longer duration. Just copy your favorite media and important documents from PC or Mac to Wireless Plus via USB cable and stream it wirelessly on your tablet.

The best feature in this product is the ability to work with almost any device that's WiFi enabled such as laptops, Android phones, tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch and more. It comes with 10 hours battery life which will be more than enough for many people specially when they are travelling.

With Wireless Plus, you'll also get USB 3.0 adapter with removable USB 3.0 cable, compact wall adapter with retractable pins, USB to DC cable, quick start guide and warranty.

This iPad and iPad Mini external hard drive has many features. No Internet or WiFi connection is required while using it. You only need a WiFi enabled Smartphone or tablet like iPad to connect to the hard drive. There is no need to hook up USB. It works with almost every WiFi enabled device via browser or iPad optimized Seagate media app. You can stream data to up to three devices at the same time. It gives you ability to connect to a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot to surf the Internet. You can also Connect to PC or Mac via USB cable.

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Kingston iPad External Hard Drive Storage
Kingston iPad External Hard Drive Storage

Kingston Wi-Drive 64 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage

Kingston's Wi-Drive is a great pocket-sized storage solution for your Apple tablet. It works with number of iOS and Android Smartphones and tablets including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Amazon Kindle Fire. It creates its own local Wireless network to connect to your tablet. Wi-Drive has the ability to store any file type, but playback and viewing is based on the files that are supported by your device. You can use third party apps to overcome this limitation.You can also transfer files from the Wi-Drive to your device if you want to store some important file locally.

Wi-Drive App for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. You will be able to transfer data from PC/Mac to the Wi-Drive using the USB cable. No Internet or WiFi connection is required. It is Compatible with Apple devices, Android and Kindle Fire. Kingston's Wi-Drive rechargeable battery provides very decent 4 hours battery usage. You can access it simultaneously from three devices. It can act as a bridge to extend Wi-Fi connection.

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Maxell Airstash For iPad 4 and Mini
Maxell Airstash For iPad 4 and Mini

Maxell AirStash Wireless Flash Drive For iPad Air and iPad Mini

Maxell AirStash is a solid addition to the external storage options for your iPad. Like our previous picks, it comes with the ability to stream content on a WiFi enabled Apple, Android or kindle device without a router or internet service. Photos, documents or presentations can be shared with 8 devices simultaneity whereas different movies can be streamed on up to three devices at the same time. Starter 8 GB / 16 GB Class 10 SDHC card is also included in the package. It has the SD card slot which you can use to view and transfer contents of the SD card. E.g you can use your camera's SD card directly into AirStash's SD card slot to quickly view and easily transfer photos back and forth from your iPad, iPhone, Android device or Kindle Fire.

Uses free AirStash app or device browser to stream content wirelessly Available in 8GB and 16 GBShare your photos, documents or presentations with up to 8 WiFi enabled devicesNo Internet or WiFi connection requiredStream videos to 3 devices simultaneouslyCompatible with Apple devices, Android and Kindle FireSave/transfer your camera's SD contents to other devices

G-Connect External Hard Drive For iPad and Mini
G-Connect External Hard Drive For iPad and Mini

G-Technology G-CONNECT 500 GB USB 2.0 Wireless Storage for iPad

If you own an iPhone, iPad Mini or iPad Air then G-Technology G-CONNECT is another great storage solution if our earlier picks didn't impress you. It can wirelessly stream HD content to up to three devices and SD content to up to five devices.

You can view content via your tablet browser or through G-CONNECT app specifically designed for iPad and iPhone. You can also use it as Wi-Fi Internet access point for 5+ users. You can also access your stored content on PC, Mac computers, DLNA-compatible devices and Apple TV with AirPlay.

It comes with USB 2.0 cable which can be connected to the PC or Mac to transfer data. It doesn't come with the battery which means that you'll have to rely on USB power cables, car power adapters or external batteries to use it.


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