I have the IPad Pro first gen and before IOS 13 it is just another iPad. Previously you were unable to connect any storage that drew too much power let alone multiple storage devices. It was mainly only SD cards.
With the new update IOS 13 for IPad and knowledge you can connect storage with the powered camera adapter from Apple I went searching YouTube to see if it worked. But all the YouTube are only focused on the usb c versions iPad Pro’s.
I was intrigued to find out if I could connect more than one device through the Lightning port with a USB hub. I got 1 device to work through the camera adapter with the power pass through. Is I went to try with a USB HUB to connect more than 1 device so I could back up my camera SD cards on the go.
I had a non powered hub I connected to the camera adapter along with the power cable to keep iPad charged. Then connected the external hard drive to the hub. it worked. But as soon as I connected another drive to the hub it all stopped and disconnected.
I could have given up here but I didn’t want to have to go out sell my iPad and get a laptop to back up on the go. The main reason to make this work is for light weight travel backing up to multiple drives for photos and videos maybe a little editing while out and about with out been tethered to a wall plug as well.
Thinking it was the fact the drives were asking for to much power. I looked through the internet for a powered 3.0 USB hub with an SD card reader inside to try. I found one and at £13.99 I had nothing to loose. Low and behold it has worked like a charm they didn’t take long at all to connect either.
I have connected 2 external hard drives 1 is a LaCie rugged 1TB SSD and the other WD 1TB HDD wireless passport then a 64gb SD card in the hub and you can see them all at once in the files app.
Here’s how I got the lightning port to view more than 1 storage device.
Equipment needed (what I used)
- Power bank – Anker PowerCore 20100mAh
- Apple Lightning cable (works without but needed if you want to charge with the pass through on the camera adapter)
- Ugreen powered USB 3.0 Hub with SD card reader
- LaCie Rugged 1tb SSD
- WD 1tb my passport wireless HDD
- Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter
- USB A to micro usb cable
- USB cables for hard drives.
As you can see there are 3 drives are visible within the files app. Apart from all the cables this works great. I will have to see how it goes with the speed of transferring files. But all in all IOS for IPad has saved me the need to go out and buy a laptop for travelling as I do all my main editing on a desktop.
I think I will look for some shorter cables to tidy the spaghetti mess but happy with the results so far.
If you have any questions please get in touch. I hope this helps people out that are interested in the older iPads without USB C.