users remember Sanho? They're the ones who brought the HyperMac battery packs for Apple iDevices to market, and now they've come out with a product sporting a bit more mass appeal. It's called the HyperDrive, and it's the world's first (and naturally only) external hard drive that can plug directly into the iPad
, no PC required.
The HyperDrive adds up to 750GB of additional storage to supplement that suddenly paltry 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal storage your stock iPad shipped with. That in itself is pretty rad, but the HyperDrive kicks it up a notch by including two memory card slots and a 3.2-inch color LCD screen.
""HyperDrive iPad Hard Drive lets you carry your entire HD movie and photo library with your iPad," says Daniel Chin, President of Sanho Corporation. "HyperDrive is as compact as your portable USB hard drive and yet at capacities up to 750GB, can hold more data than your laptop," he added. "The iPad is the perfect media player but its capacities are limited and it requires a computer and iTunes to transfer media to the iPad," he continued. "HyperDrive releases the iPad from this restriction and truly turns it into a media consuming device," he concludes.
Transferring data to the HyperDrive is as easy as hooking up the HyperDrive to the iPad via a USB cable and the Apple Camera Connection Kit. We know what you're thinking, what about the 32GB size limit found on the Apple Camera Connection Kit? Sanho says it managed to sidestep this limitation with its "patent pending ability to turn individual file folders into virtual 32GB drives on the fly that are readable by the iPad."
If 750GB ($600) is overkill, there are smaller capacities available, albeit all of them pricey. These include 640GB ($550), 500GB ($500), 320GB ($450), 250GB ($400), 160GB ($350), and 120GB ($300). Criminy.