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External Hard Drive for iPad Pro

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My Bother-in-law has a dying Mac mini and Macbook pro (I think).  He bought a New iPad pro about 6 months ago.  He's wanting to buy an external hard drive to dump all his photos and videos onto from those two devices.  Then have the ability to pull any of those photos/videos onto the iPad Pro for editing.  Probably need at least 4TB of storage maybe more.  I've been looking at the WD Elements Portable External Hard Drive or the LaCie RuggedUSB-c portable HDD.  Reviews aren't great for either one on amazon and not seeing allot of information on using them with an iPad Pro and a Mac mini.   From what I can see the WD will need to be formatted to Apple for it to work, or use it with a RAVpower adapter.   I've also wonder about a Synology diskstation NAS so he could have a raid setup for redundant backups.   But not sure that would work or be easy to use for pulling photos/videos on and off an iPad Pro for editing.  

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Teknogroovin

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On 3/30/2020 at 10:45 AM, Teknogroovin said:

I've also wonder about a Synology diskstation NAS so he could have a raid setup for redundant backups.   But not sure that would work or be easy to use for pulling photos/videos on and off an iPad Pro for editing

Sysnology is a stand alone product for personal cloud based storage and file server. As long as your device support FTP, I think you can use between 3 device.

 

Anyway, you can check this one out: https://shop.westerndigital.com/products/cloud-storage/wd-my-cloud-home#WDBVXC0020HWT-NESN

It offers a good storage, and you can download apps from Apple App store to access the device content. However, you might need a router with wireless capability for that, as it has Ethernet port only.

 

On 3/30/2020 at 10:45 AM, Teknogroovin said:

He's wanting to buy an external hard drive to dump all his photos and videos onto from those two devices.

Too bad. Normal HDD should still be able to work, but you might need to format it into Apple File system or you can install NTFS protocol in your Mac system. There should be some HDD that can support Mac right out of the box (https://shop.westerndigital.com/products/portable-drives/wd-my-passport-ultra-for-mac-usb-c-hdd#WDBKYJ0020BSL-WESN), but as for iPad, I think there are only USB drives. https://shop.westerndigital.com/products/usb-flash-drives/sandisk-ixpand-mini-usb-3-0#SDIX40N-032G-GN6NN

 

I'm not sure if this can be use in iPad, but maybe you can check it out. This external HDD is wireless, and should be able to access from anywhere as long as you are in the wi-fi network. https://shop.westerndigital.com/products/portable-drives/wd-my-passport-wireless-pro-hdd#WDBP2P0020BBK-NESN

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