6 external storage solutions for iPad and iPhone

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
6 external storage solutions for iPad and iPhone

From Computerworld

Source announcing the available of this article from “Flying Blind”,
Thursday August 25 2016

(links inserted by Dan after checking if there were active.)

1. Public clouds

Many iOS users choose to use alternative cloud-based services to eke out
their iCloud storage. They may keep all their documents in Box
or Dropbox


and automatically stash their images using Google Photos (though some users
have noticed the latter app can consume large quantities of storage

Google Photos App Taking Up 1GB Of Storage Space on iPhone – Any Tweaks or Tricks? from google


You may also want to take a look at the up-and-pCloud service. This promises
10GB free storage space (up to 1TB for $7.99/m) and provides a range of
highly secure fee-based services. (Also look at other popular services,
including Google Drive).

2. Private cloud 1: Promise Technology, Apollo

I’m only now taking a look at Apollo Cloud
, so I can’t speak for how
effective it is. On first sight the connected 4TB storage system seems
promising. You can access it from any Mac,s PCs or iOS devices on the same
network, or get to it remotely as your own private remote cloud, so long as
its online. Compatible with Time Machine you can use it to back up all your
Macs, and it will also back up all your iOS data too. I think this is an
interesting private cloud alternative for families, groups and SMEs, capable
of handling everybody’s, essential data including photos, movies or media


3. Private cloud 2: Some Seagate solutions

If you want to use a portable drive as ad hoc storage but don’t want to
bother fiddling about with lots of cables, take a look at Seagate
‘s Wireless Plus



and Seagate Personal Cloud Home


Wireless Plus offers 1TB of storage and hosts its own built-in Wi-Fi
connection. Because Wi-Fi is built into the drive you don’t need to join an
existing Wi-Fi network to access it. This means you can back up and retrieve
data to/from your iPad or iPhone whenever you like, using the Seagate Media
app. The product also supports AirPlay, so you can use it to stream media to
Apple TV. Seagate Personal Cloud Home offers a similar set of features (and
adds Plex support) but needs to be on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPad in
order to work. You can also share files externally using these systems.

4. Local storage: Acronis True Image 2017



The latest edition of this veteran cross platform online storage system lets
you do unique things such as backing up your Facebook information; and also
lets you back up your iOS, Android and other mobile devices, as well as
Macs/PCs. It’s an alternative to Time Machine, I suppose, except using the
Acronis app. What’s good about this is you can use any compatible
third-party drive that is running the software as your backup destination,
and back mobile devices up wirelessly to your PC, which can then back up
using Acronis. Acronis True Image 2017
also lets you set up and manage backups across your
devices remotely.

5. The external Flash solution

There are many Wi-Fi-enabled Flash drive readers. These contraptions will
connect your iOS device to a Flash memory card using an app, enabling you to
store and retrieve content. When I travel I use a Kingston MobileLite G2



This includes a Mophie-like battery recharge function, support for USB and
SD cards and will create its own local Wi-Fi network, so you can piggyback
numerous devices onto one connection. This has now been replaced by the G3
Pro model


which will charge your iPhone twice using its built in battery, hosts 64GB
of its own storage and lets you access USB or SD cards so you can use even
more storage. Like the G2 this also creates a local Wi-Fi network. Looking
around online and other favorites include things like the funkily designed
Leef or RAVPower File Hub Plus
. What’s key is that
once you have your data on the flash drive you should make sure 6.

6. The Flash drive

The big problem with Flash drives for iOS devices is that these tend to need
you to plug them into your iPhone or iPad. This means they drain a little
power and make your mobile devices a little cumbersome. They are portable
though so if you really must have something with you upon which to store the
3-hours of 4K movie you happen to be filming for your next Hollywood
blockbuster, then take a look at something like the

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

Read more at this link.

Review: SanDisk’s New Lightning/USB 3.0 iXpand Flash Drive Offers Easy
Transfers and Backups in a Slim Package – Mac Rumors


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