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Author:  RobChisholm [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:51 am ]
Post subject:  Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

4 weeks and 4 camera adapters later, extensive apple HQ monitoring this iPad all good they said.

Conclusion camera powered adapters work with all of my USB 2 self powered hard drives.

Yet all adapters failed with USB 3 needing power.


Author:  brousseb [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

I'm not sure what iPad you have (I can't watch the video right now), but I've had no issues with my ipad Pro 11" and several hard drives using my Kingston usb hub (both powered and non-powered at times). USB3 HDD, USB3 SSD, USB 3 Thumb drives, SD cards.

The lightning port iPad's are more restrictive.

Author:  RobChisholm [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

Hello Bill,

iPad Pro 12 inch 1st Gen.

Can you make a video and share please.

Regards Rob

Author:  RobChisholm [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

Bill is your “ Kingston usb hub ” powered at the wall ?

Also “ lightning port iPad's are more restrictive“ can you expand your working knowledge upon this statement please.

I only ask as the genius dudes and manager at Apple made no mention about lightning port restrictions?

Any working knowledge would be very useful, do watch the video, listen and maybe your able to give me some answers.

Ps I have found a faster and more practical method for the purpose of drag and drop both ways using a not pro tablet.
I make a video and share, maybe of some use to you and others.

Regards Rob

Author:  brousseb [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

I am no expert by any means, and I only did testing using my USB-C iPad Pro (everything works). USB-C provides much more power than lightning and I think it moved data faster as well. In my case, I can use the hub using just power from the ipad (with both an SSD and HDD attached), or I can power it.

From what I've read (I haven't tried personally), you MUST use the apple camera dongle for most usb connected things to the lightning port and it MUST be powered. Even some thumb drives won't work unless it's used the apple dongle and it's powered. Most of my knowledge about lightning connected drives comes from the few YouTube videos I watched:)

Author:  brousseb [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

Rob, do you have the USB 3 camera connection dongle or the USB 2 version? I don't have access to youtube at the moment but search for videos on this subject by "Average Tech Guy", very informative.

Author:  RobChisholm [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

Interesting reply Bill,

I bought a camera adapter powered version in the Apple store, I had choice in the matter.
Or any mention would I like a USB 2/3 adapter.
I learning more all the time, I check out the suggested channel now.
Thank you Bill.

Regards Rob

Author:  RobChisholm [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

Bill did you mean this video possibly?


Author:  brousseb [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

Yep that’s the one.

Author:  RobChisholm [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Connecting Hard Drive to iPad Pro

When you have time can you point out the areas of USB 2 and 3 please Bill?
I heard some references in the video and yes it says usb 3 on the box, I check in the uk store and take a pic as this my well be part of the problem and solution.

Regards Rob

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