3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2010 1:43 PM by EmbeddedGeek
adk41 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My laptop recently died and I'm considering an ipad as a replacement. I only use my laptop for internet, music, and pictures. I have all of my itunes music and picture files saved on an external hard drive.

Can I transfer these files directly to my new ipad without the use of a PC?

HP, Windows Vista
  • adk41 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    And obviously my problem is that I can't transfer any of my files using my laptop because it crashed. So I need a way to get the files from my external hard drive onto the ipad. Is this possible?
  • Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
    You are going to need iTunes in order to initialize and maintain your iPad. You can generally get it's initial startup done at the Apple store, but going forward will require a computer that meets the minimum specs outlined for the iPad.
  • EmbeddedGeek Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    From what I can see these conditions exist and need to be considered:
    1) Your hard drive needs physical and logical connection - no sata/ide connection on iPad
    2) iPad isnt a computer in that sense. It is not intended to hold 'data'. It appears that there are ways to do this using other applications...
    3) Once you get the files on you iPad there is probably no way of using them other than getting them off the same way

    You probably need to get data recovery services or get a computer and a drive adapter. None of these are related to an iPad