How to Transfer Photos From an iPad to an External Hard Drive

Updated July 20, 2017

The iPad features HD video capture, 10-hour battery life, a 9.7 inch display and 3G Internet capability. iPad users can purchase and install thousands of third-party applications for their devices through Apple's "App Store." The iPad connects to a computer as a USB storage drive, which allows files to be copied to and from the device. Photo files can be copied from the iPad to any folder on your computer's hard drive.

Insert the USB cable into the bottom dock of the iPad. Insert the other end of the cable into an open USB port on your computer. Wait for your computer to automatically recognise the iPad device.

Click the "Open Device Files" option from the window that appears. Double-click the "DCIM" folder and then open the "100Apple" folder. This folder contains all photo files held on the iPad device. Right-click the desktop and then choose "New Folder." Type a name for this new folder.

Click and drag the photo files from the "100Apple" folder into the new folder you created on your desktop.

Connect the external hard drive to your computer via the included data cable. Click "Start" and then choose "Control Panel." Open the "Portable Media Devices" icon and then double-click the external hard-drive icon. Click and drag the folder you created on the desktop into the external hard-drive's window.

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