How to Connect an iPad to an External Hard Drive

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How to Connect an iPad to an External Hard Drive
The HyperDrive works with the iPad camera connection kit. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Apple does not officially support external hard drives for the iPad. However, Sanho Corporation has designed an iPad hard drive compatible with the iPad camera connection kit, called the HyperDrive. This is the only external hard drive available for the iPad at time of publication. The reason this drive works where standard drives do not is because it compartmentalises your data into multiple small virtual drives that are compatible with the iPad's camera card support. It also has its own battery, as the iPad cannot charge powered external devices the way computer USB ports can.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • HyperDrive iPad-compatible hard drive
  • HyperDrive AC adaptor
  • Computer with USB port
  • iPad camera connection kit

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  1. 1

    Power on your HyperDrive by pressing the power button until the start-up screen appears. Allow the start-up sequence to run, and then press the power button again to shut the device down. Plug it into its AC adaptor and allow it to charge overnight.

  2. 2

    Power the drive on again when it is fully charged, and select "Format" from the main menu on the HyperDrive screen. Follow the onscreen prompts to format the hard drive, and then restart the device when the formatting finishes.

  3. 3

    Plug the USB cable that came with your HyperDrive into the drive, and plug the other end into a USB port on your computer.

  4. 4

    Press "USB" on the HyperDrive main menu. Drag and drop the files you want to store for your iPad into the HyperDrive's icon or window on your computer once your computer recognises the drive. Wait for the files to transfer, and then disconnect the HyperDrive as you would any USB device.

  5. 5

    Plug the iPad camera connection kit -- available from Apple -- into your iPad. Plug the HyperDrive cable into the connection kit port.

  6. 6

    Select "iPad" on the HyperDrive main menu, and then choose the files you want to send to your iPad and click "OK." The drive will share the files with your iPad.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also plug camera SD cards directly into the HyperDrive to share with your iPad.
  • New products come out regularly, so check with your local or online electronics store periodically for new iPad-compatible hard drives.

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