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Shadow99999 Level 1 (125 points)

I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for an App (iPhone apps okay) that will allow me to copy photos from the iPad to a network drive.

I would like to use my iPad to store photos while travelling, and ideally I would like to have a second backup. I thought I could bring an Airport Express and a portable USB drive to create a remote network drive. I would then like to be able to copy photos from my iPad to that network drive.

I looked at the Apps "EZShare" and "iStorage" which seem like they might do what I need, but it was hard to tell for sure from reading their documentation. I tried "EZShare Files" (the free version), and I was able to copy photos to a storage location on the iPad and access those from my computer, but I wasn't able to copy directly to a network drive (which I did find and was able to browse). Maybe I need the "Pro" upgrade for that?

The iPad seems like a great photographers companion while travelling, but I shoot RAW and even my 64GB iPad will fill up on a longer trip. And even if it doesn't fill up, I feel much safer having as many backups of my photos as possible.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone, iMac, iPod touch, iPad 3G, Apple TV
  • top_gizmo Level 1 (0 points)
    Try drop box, it's free.
  • Shadow99999 Level 1 (125 points)
    Thanks, but I should have been more clear. I don't want to use an internet based network drive. I want to access a drive that is on my local network. The RAW files are 25Meg each and if I take 200 photos, that is 5GB of data. I don't want to push that kind of data to a cloud service.
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 (18,825 points)
    This might work for you:
  • Gaffa Level 1 (25 points)
    That is very cool. I don't have a use for it, but that's cool!
  • Shadow99999 Level 1 (125 points)
    Thanks for the pointer ... it does seem like cool technology. However, it requires storing on SD cards. I'm looking for cheap and large storage (e.g. a $99 500GB Western Digital Passport drive). I already have an Airport Express, so if I could just create a network, connect my USB drive, and then transfer files to it, I would be happy.
  • Alphaman. Level 1 (40 points)
    I've been looking for such a solution, too, but at a more casual pace. I've read a couple reviews so far, and the apps that seem to be pretty good at this are Air Sharing HD and Print Central for the iPad. I've not tried either yet, but you can read more at their respective websites.

    Air Sharing

    Print Central

    There are some reviews available, too. And don't let the "Print" name throw you - it does file sharing, too!

  • Shadow99999 Level 1 (125 points)
    Thanks ... both of those Apps look useful!

    Unfortunately, I also just figured out that the Airport Express does not support network drives which means I can't do what I was hoping to do. Oh well. I suppose I could use an NAS, but those are a lot more bulky.
  • Avatron Level 1 (70 points)
    Hi. Dave at Avatron here. With any of these iPhone or iPad apps, including Air Sharing HD, that support SFTP/SSH, you can access other volumes on your network pretty easily.

    Set it up once like this:

    1. From your Mac, "Connect To" the desired file server.
    2. Still on the Mac, turn on Remote Login in the Sharing preferences.
    3. From Air Sharing HD, go to the servers list, and Add a Server.
    4. Choose SSH/SFTP, and add your Mac.

    Now you've set it up. Every time you want to connect, do this:

    1. In Air Sharing HD, navigate to the Mac server you created.
    2. Look in the /Volumes folder for the mounted file server.

  • Craig Brady Level 4 (1,790 points)

    I use your products every day, and love them. What the original poster wants to do is not take another computer on the road, but just an Airport Express, and some kind of storage. I think as long as that storage can be accessed via FTP or SSH, he should be fine. I use AIR Sharing HD to connect back to me FTP server at home, but I am not transferring such large files.
  • kcisam Level 1 (0 points)
    I was wanting to do the same thing and access photos on my network drive from my ipad directly. Try Filebrowser for ipad and Netportal for iphone. There's a free netportallite app so you can test your connection before purchasing the full versions. It was very easy...I entered the name of my network drive (yes, name not IP!), id, and password and could see all the folders and files.
  • ArKaX Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Kcisam,

    Thank you so much for let me know netportal, it works flawlessly browsing through network files across VPN.

  • robclay26 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Kcisam,


    I am trying to get this Netportallite working on my iphone. I have a hard drive connected to my wireless router with a usb cable, i am using windows 7 and the hard drive it working find with it remotely.

    I tried everything with netportal settings with my ip address etc to get it working and no luck. you seemed to get it working fine very quickly.

    when you say full name of your network drive, what exactly did you enter?

    Mine is Wd drive and it wont find it. even with entering my IP address.

    any help would b great




  • wsuranga Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Dave,


    I have been playing with your Air Display product a lot now and have been suitably impressed with what it has to offer. Just started using the Air Sharing to browse and transfer files between my ipad and the network drive. It does the job nicely.


    Best regards


  • Richardcn Level 1 (0 points)

    HI Suranga


    I'm interested to know if you have managed to transfer files FROM the iPad TO the Network Drive as your post appears to suggest. I'm new to the iPad (got an iPad 2 for my birthday) and have been trying to find a way to transfer edited photos from my iPad straight onto my Network Drive (Seagate usb drive connected to a BrightBox router). This would be the ideal solution for me as now I am an iPad convert I hate firing up the laptop and having to wait around to see if it's gonna play today! I've looked everywhere to try and find a solution but I can't find a clear answer so I'm hoping you have solved it although I'm not going to hold my breath. If you have can you let me know how you did it and what your set up is please.




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