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5 Best iPad and iPad 3 External Hard Drive Storage Solutions

Older iPad and The New iPad 3 users must be looking for some external hard drive ( HDD ) portable storage solution for their Apple tablet. The king of tablets only offer a limited storage to its users and there’s no SD Card support to increase the capacity of your device. Many Apple competitors offer tabs with SD Card support which makes external storage a necessity for most iPad users.

Although, we admit that there aren’t many external hard drive solutions for iPad in the market because of lack of USB 2.0 or 3.0 support by Apple tablet but there are few good products which use Wireless Network Interface for wireless transfer of data and some use Apple Camera Connection Kit for USB interface.

In this post we’re going to cover some of the best iPad external hard drives which really work. Don’t waste your hard-earned money on other so-called storage solutions for your Apple tablet.

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Kingston Wi-Drive 64 GB USB 2.0 Portable

In our opinion, this baby from Kingston is the best bang for your bucks. Available in 16, 32 and 64GB storage capacity, Wi-Drive is a cool and easy way to extend storage of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This pocket-sized portable solution also works on many Android devices and Kindle fire other than Apple tablet. You don’t need Internet or seperate WiFi to use it. It has its own local WiFi network.

The USB cable is included in the box which will let you transfer content from your Mac or PC to the Wi-Drive. After transferring your data, you can access it wirelessly from your iPad. It let you stream content wirelessly over WiFI on up to three devices without any hiccup. It can store any file type but viewing is based on formats supported by your device. You can use some free conversion software available online to convert movies or some other document in supported format.

You can turn it on or off by pressing the side power button with LED indicator. It comes with a rechargeable battery and it has four hours of battery life.

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Kingston Wi-Drive

Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500GB

Seagate GoFlex Satellite is a real deal breaker if you want a good amount of storage capacity with the ability to stream movies, photos, music and documents over WiFi network. You don’t need an existing Wi-Fi network or internet connection to run media files or documents, GoFlex Satellite has its own wireless network. The USB 3.0/USB 2.0 port allows you to transfer media files and other important documents from PC or Mac. It has the capability to stream movies on up to 3 devices at the same time. Imagine the joy of watching 3 movies on three different iPads with your kids, friends or family. It also works with many other Smartphones and tablets. It offers up to 7 hours battery life and up to 25 hours standby time. Buy this external hard drive, if you want something special for your iPad or iPad 3.

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Seagate Goflex Satellite

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

This is another gem hidden from many eyes searching for some storage solution for their Apple tablet or iPhone. You can use this wireless enabled HDD to stream content on up to four devices at the same time. It can be used as a WiFi access point for more than five users. You can also use Hitachi G-CONNECT on android devices. It’s also compatible with DLNA supported devices and Apple TV with AirPlay. You can transfer data either wirelessly or through USB port from Computer. The only problem we see in this product is that, it has no battery which means that you’ve to use it via AC power adapter, USB power cable or some external battery.

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Hitachi G-Connect

Buffalo Technology CloudStor Solo 1 TB External Hard Drive

This product from Buffalo Technology is unique from others we’ve covered so far. It stores your movies, pictures and documents on the cloud and let you store, back up and access your files from your PC, Mac or mobile device including iPad. You can use it from your home or during travelling. With CloudStor Solo, you can stream movies and music with built-in media player. You can also view your photos, documents and edit files. There’s no fees for storing data on the cloud.

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Cloudstor Buffalo Technology iPad Storage 1 TB

HyperDrive 1 TB Hard Drive

HyperShop, the company behind HyperDrive claims this product to be the only USB Hard Drive compatible with iPad 1, 2 and the new iPad. The previous ones we covered used WiFi Network or Cloud storage to store and transfer files but this one connects directly with iPad via Apple Camera connection kit and USB cable. It can store and transfer up to 1TB of videos and photos to your tablet. After connecting it, hard drive volume will show up on your iPad and you can navigate directly from there.

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HyperDrive External Hard Drive For iPad

Maxell AirStash Expandable Capacity Wireless Flash Drive

We’re adding this one as a bonus. This tiny portable storage solution let you store and transfer data via WiFi connection. Many features are quite similar to Kingston Wi-Drive but it’s much lighter and easier to carry because it’s a slim flash drive. It can seamlessly stream movies on three devices at the same time. It supports iPhone, iPad and many other wireless devices. With Maxell AirStash, you can share presentations with up to 8 people simultaneously. It has a battery life of 7 hours. You can get it in 8GB or 16 GB size.

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Maxell AirStash


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