Wireless Hard Drive for iPad

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  1. Chimpy
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    I know that it is not just for iPads but it works with them. This seems like a good idea for those that find they do not have enough available storage:)

    GoFlex Satellite™ Mobile Wireless Storage

    Take your media library with you. Stream it to your iPad®.
    Take more than 300 HD movies on-the-go1
    Stream media over Wi-Fi to 3 iPads at the same time
    Automatically sync media and documents from your PC or Mac® computer
    Up to 5 hours battery life
     
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    A good article on the hard drive from the Australian Business Traveller [click on the link for the full article]

    This sounds like my kind of toy:D
     
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    Sounds like the only issue might be the battery time of 5h but overall seems like a great idea. Go bananas with that one!
     
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    I think that both my son and I will also like this "toy"!! :D Thanks so much for the heads up!
     
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    Very interesting/cool news... That will wreck havoc with my process of narrowing down tablets as how I store/stream media with tablets has been one of my hesitating points up to now.
     
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    Combine the device with Dropbox so as to always have a redundant backup. Plus with online backup there is one less thing for me to forget in the hotel room. I can't understand the need for 300 HD movies that would be one looooong trip ;)
     
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    Yeah it's yet another device to carry around, another thing to plug in, another charger to lose, etc. :)

    I can see the benefit if you need storage and you just don't have it, but considering the battery life it's got some drawbacks built-in.

    Might as well use a streaming solution and WiFi when you get to where you're going (or at the airport) or just buy a device with the option to use removable storage to begin with. You can get a couple of 32GB SD cards for relatively cheap and that should hold pretty much anything you need locally, and like you said if you throw in Dropbox (even without a premium account) you should keep yourself entertained for a while. :)
     
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    Dropbox is a new one for me, so good to know - I'll watch the video/ check out the details later today. Thanks!
     
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    Dropbox is awesome... you get 2GB of storage and more for referrals, and they have clients for iOS, Android, Windows, etc.

    I use it more as a collaboration tool, sharing documents and pictures and what-not, but it's also good for cloud storage of stuff that you might not necessarily wanna carry with you, but you want to have available.

    Here's an invitation from my account: http://db.tt/mSzWsKR
     
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    Thanks - I just signed up via the invite.
    I'll dig in and find how best I want to use it.
    - I also use Gmail and Google Docs, but this could provide some interesting flexibility on how I want to separate things.
     
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    Here is a referral link as well-
    http://db.tt/Gw0dLYN

    This really is a useful tool for storing or more so for moving larger chunks of data between computers (home and work for example)
     
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    I'd use multiple referrals if possible ;)
    I know, good to get it out there though!
     
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    SD cards at this stage, are not going to be much use with an iPad :(
     
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    Nope, but still an option as I checkout some of the android tablets out/coming "soon".
    Still, I think this is a pretty cool option. Ideally, I could have this and an SD card slot :D
    • Have a collection of movies on the drive
    • easily swap out what's on the SD card with what's on the drive as appropriate
     
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    I gotta say that looks pretty tight! Might "need" one....

    Stream to three at once? Wow. No Internet required, has it's own built in signal...love it.
     
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    Indeed, which is why I said:

    :)
     
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    What are people's general impressions about this device? Is anyone going to buy it?
     
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    I don't have the need to connect WiFi to a hard drive. So I will not be buying it. Everything I need is synced from home or the cloud via Dropbox. I do have external drives but don't see the need for the WiFi.
     
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    This product offers a lot more storage than Dropbox does so I guess it depends what you want to store. If you want to carry around large files (movies etc) then maybe this HDD is for you but otherwise for backup and having access to just normal files, Dropbox is the go.
     
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    Goes back to what someone said earlier, it depends on what your needs are.

    500GB is a lot, but I'm not sure that a wireless HD is the best solution if you're gonna be working on super large files... Thunderbolt, USB 3 or even Firewire are better options, and chances are you're not working on multi-GB files on your iPad, you'll probably use a laptop, in which case wired always wins.

    But there's always a market for this type of stuff I'm sure, otherwise it wouldn't have made it to market.
     
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    Just reading a review on the Seagate site, and being online wifi simultaneously with using this drive is not possible. Not a huge drawback but annoying. If they would add that dual ability...I'd probably snatch it up. The review on the site stated that for example being on the road at a Starbucks and being online working, then having to disconnect the wifi from Sbux and attach to the Seagate drive to grab or access a file, then unattaching from the drive and reattaching to the Sbux wifi...= pain in the...err..inconvenient.

    If they fixed that I think I would use it. A portable combo wifi hotspot with an onboard external wifi access drive.
     
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    Interesting, nice catch.
     
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    Sounds like the limitation is really more with the iPad (or laptop) than with the hard disk. Can't connect via WiFi to more than one network at a time.

    But the thing seems to have USB 3.0 as well, so for laptops you can use that while you're on WiFi at SBux etc.
     
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    Now if it only had an SD/CF card reader, I could eliminate taking my netbook entirely on photo trips, and just save off the cards to the hard drive, then stream it to the tablet for viewing/editing.
     
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