Is there any way to make iPad as an external hard drive as an Android device does for data transferring & files management? Sure, this article will show you how to make it work.
As we all know, you have to use iTunes every time you sync data, such as videos, photos, and music, from your iPad to the computer. In addition, the data iTunes transferring for you are in some limited formats, which mean you cannot move songs or videos with unfriendly formats. Not cool, right? So, is it possible to use an iPad as an external hard drive? No problem. All you need is to turn to dr.fone – iOS Transfer, a very powerful tool that empowers users to use iPad to import, export and delete the data on the iPad with ease.
At the very beginning, click the Download button to get dr.fone. Two versions of this tool are available: Window version and Mac version. Just select one as you need. Both versions work perfectly on the computer. What differs is: on Mac version, you are able to manage music, photos and videos on it; with the Windows version, you can manage contacts, photos, videos, music and SMS messages. In the following, we are going to take the Windows version as an example. Then let’s check how to use this tool to make your iPad an external hard drive. Also, you may would like to know more about the hard drive cache.
Step 1: Launch this tool and connect your iPad to PC
After installation, double click the icon of this tool on the desktop to launch it, enter “Transfer” function. Then plug in your iPad with the PC via a USB cable. Your iPad will be shown on the main window as soon as it is scanned. Well, this tool supports all iPads, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4/3/2/1, iPad Air 2/1, iPad and iPad with Retina display based on iOS 12/11/10/9/8/7/6/5.
Step 2: Make iPad as an external hard drive
In the Tools dialog, press Copy iDevice to iTunes < Start < Copy to iTunes. After it, you are able to move the data you want to iTunes. If you want to save all music to a folder on the PC, you can click Export Music to Folder. You, of course, can back up more files, namely videos and photos, by clicking the corresponding item on the left sidebar. Select the wanted items and export them.
Just as the same, click one category on the left sidebar. Hit Add or Import/Export on the right side to transfer photos, videos, contacts, and music from the PC to your iPad.
Select a category on the left side and choose the items you don’t need on the right panel. Next, press Delete to erase them from your iPad. Neat!
- Convert videos and audios into iPad friendly formats;
- Set new albums and playlists on your iPod;
- Transfer photos in the Camera Roll to an album;
- Create new contacts to iPad with mouse and keyboards, and combine the same contacts;
- Sync data between iPod, iPad, and iPhone.