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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive 64GB for iPhone and iPad, Black/Silver, (SDIX30N-064G-GN6NN)
Designed with a flexible connector to fit through most iPhone cases
Automatically back up photos and videos from your camera, contacts
Quickly free up space on your iPhone (iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro 12.9", iPad Pro 9.7" iPad with Retina display, iPod 5th Generation and newer, with Lightning connector and iOS 8.2+)
High-speed USB 3.0 transfer to and from your computer. Operating temperature: 0-35 °C functional
Easily manage your photos and videos with the iXpand Drive app

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** Update July 26, 2016: SanDisk support was able to resolve the issue with secure files on the Mac. The solution involved formatting the iXpand drive and downloading the latest version of their SecureAccess app. I've updated the rating from 3 to 4 stars. The original review follows...

With everything "in the cloud", flash drive storage sometimes seems like it is becoming extinct.

But this iXpand flash drive is really quite nice because of its unique ability to connect to iOS devices. It is the first flash drive I have ever used that has this feature. So, transferring a bunch of photos from my iPad to a friend's phone is effortless...provided both of us have the iXpand app on our devices (a free app that handles the file transfers).

One feature I really like: On my iPad, I can use this device to back up all my Instagram and Facebook photos (it also works with Picasa photos, but I don't use Picasa for photo storage). This feature works very very well, simply downloading all the photos from my account. What's nice is that each time I perform a backup, it skips the photos that are already backed up. That's good, since I have nearly 700 photos and don't want to download all of them each time. The 700 took about 5 minutes to back up.

HOWEVER...there are a few limitations and problems that may make you reconsider this drive...
* First, due to iOS limitations, you cannot simply transfer any files you want. The ones that work well are photos, music, videos, and contacts. That's about it. So, if you have other iOS items...for example, documents you created in Pages or Microsoft this drive will not work for backing them up. However, the reverse is different. You can take files from your Mac or PC, transfer them to this drive, and then open some of them in iOS. For example, when I create text files on my Mac, I can use iXpand to transfer and open them on my iPad.

* Second, the drive comes with an option to secure (encrypt) files. In order to transfer secured files from my iOS device to a PC or Mac computer, the computer needs to be running SanDisk's security software. I found that this software works fine on my Windows machine (Surface Pro 4), but NOT on my Mac (2015 Macbook Pro, running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5). The Mac app that needs to run fails to recognize that the drive is a SanDisk drive. I get an error message that says "This application only runs on a SanDisk flash drive." NOTE: If you do not need secure file encryption, then this drive works fine on a Mac and on Windows, allowing you to effortlessly transfer files to/from the device. The problem is happening only with secure files, and only on the Mac.

* Finally, although I like the design of the little drive, the little iOS connector on the drive does not get tucked away as cleanly as it should. After using the device on my iPad Mini (with a fairly thin case), the drive has "stretched" a bit, making the iOS connector always stick out.

Should you get this flash drive? Consider how you plan to use it: If you only need to transfer photos, videos, music, and contacts, and if secure files don't matter to you (or if they matter, but you are using Windows), then this is an excellent choice. Just know the limitations before you make your purchase.

Easy to use and effective way to free up space on the iPhone. The purpose this was purchased for was to download just over 3000 photos from my wife's phone and not have to purchase more space on the cloud. Very easy to use, just plug it in and it has you download the mobile app then it asks to set up auto back-up feature. Very quick download speed which was a surprise. I was able to then remove it from the phone and plug into my laptop and transfer the photos and place them where I want.

I went the cheap route and bought a 16 Gig IPhone 6. Big Mistake!!! Now it is clogged with well over 2,000 pictures. With only a few other apps I was already running out of storage. Enter the SanDisk iXpand. I downloaded the free ap from the Apple Store, plugged in this flash drive and downloaded all my pictures to it. I set it up to automatically transfer any new pictures I've taken each time I plug this flash drive into my iPhone. It is small enough to keep in my purse should I need to retrieve some photos. Easy-peasy.

I got this flash drive in the mail yesterday and so far, I am loving it!!! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because there's no cover for the USB end which would be nice to keep dust and lint out of it while it tumbles around in my bag but besides that, it does what it advertises. I ordered a more expensive drive a few weeks ago and was disappointed because it wouldn't work while my iPhone case was on (it had specifically said it was made to work with cases on) This flash drive worked like a dream with my Otterbox case still on the phone! It downloaded the pics A LOT faster than my other wifi methods of backing up pics. It worked perfectly when I plugged into my computer and could see my files. The only thing that I didn't like but it's no big deal is that the pictures group by month so it's a bunch of subfolders by month instead of just one file of pics. No biggie, that's just a personal preference of mine. Some may like that. I bought this for myself but am seriously thinking this would make a great gift for my sister who's daily life causes her to use her phone camera all the time as well.

I was weary when I purchased the device because other reviewers said the software was not compatible with iPhone X and the lightning connector was not long enough to be used with cases. This may have been true at the time of their review and with the cases they were using, but as of this writing the iXpand software is working perfect on my X and the drive connects with no problem with my Spigen Liquid Crystal clear case completely on. The iXpand software is easy to use and copying photos from the X to the drive is lightning fast. I like that the app has an option to auto delete the photos off the X when the transfer is done to free up space. I included some photos of my X with the drive attached; felt very secure.

There is no such thing as perfect, but luckily for me the two gripes I have are negligible. First and most disappointing of the two is the included SecureAccess software does not work on my iMac running High Sierra so encrypting the drive is not possible right now. I bought it to use on a holiday cruise so hopefully I dont loose it :D The second gripe is the metal length has a slight bend in one spot like its damaged. The drive works just fine and you have to look carefully to see the bend so I won't bother to exchange it. At $50 the bend shouldn't be there and all the software should work since security its one of their selling points.. I'll wait to see if SanDisk releases an update thats High Sierra compatible.

Bottom line is if your in the market for a device to quickly offload photos and not worried about securing the drive.. this one is fast :D

My sis and I visited my cousins in Cali, and she decided to vlog her trip. We both used our iPhones (6+ and X) to capture footage daily and our captures to the iXpand drives at the end of the day. One thing we realized (too late) was that you should create separate folders before importing videos to the same folder and deleting your videos from your iOS device. Once you delete the videos from your iOS device, the photo/video file naming convention will resume from the last picture in your photo library and if you import to the same folder from your previous import, it will overwrite whatever file has a similar name. Sis lost some footage this way.

So make sure to backup to different folders if you're not planning to keep the videos on your device.

This product is completely AMAZING!!. It does an automatic photo and video backup or do it manually. I currently use an iPad Pro for school for school and so to save space or to give a friend class work, I use this ixpand drive to save PowerPoint's and Word documents. That was the a big plus for me...

Bought it for my 13 year old daughter who has an iPhone 6. She was able to make it work in no time, with no problems. Simple and easy to use. Now she can backup and/or move data from her phone to an Apple or Windows PC, or just leave it on the Flash Drive.

I bought this to transfer all of my videos from my phone to an external source so that I can have them backed up in several places. The good: it did transfer all of my videos, the bad: it took foreverrrrrrrrrrrrr. Granted, I have over a thousand videos but it kept freezing and then I'd have to unplug and plug it back in and then start again... I am persistent and determined so after 3-4 days of working on it I got it completed and now I'm happy because I have all the videos from my son's birth up to now (19 months) and that's A LOT of important memories that I just don't want to lose.

I took a change on this because iPhone 😫 kept annoying me saying it was full. I purchased this little item when it was on sale for about thirty dollars. Downloaded the app and off I went. Transferred over 500 pictures and videos plus some documents and only used about two gigs. Amazing! How is that it used so much storage on my phone? Anyway, the iXpand flash drive folds over on itself so it helps keep it safe. I keep it in my purse because I lose everything. I would much rather use this to transfer my photos for a backup and later back up to my computer for a second backup. Also you can transfer documents and it says you use fbd iXpand to back up your phone although I have yet to try it. I was just amazed that all my pictures transferred so easily. You can also delete the pics off the iXpand using your phone if you decide you don’t want to keep them. I would recommend this product for someone with little knowledge of these kinds of products because it was fairly easy to use. I have never used one before and was able to easily figure it out.

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The perfect companion for your iPhone, the iXpand Flash Drive lets you free up space on your iPhone, back up your camera roll, and even watch videos straight from the drive4. The flexible Lightning connector works with most cases and the USB 3.0 connector plugs into your Mac computer or PC, making
Free Up Space On Your iPhone Lightning and USB 3.0 Connectors (one connector used at a time)
16GB Sandisk iXpand USB 3.0 Flash Memory Drive with Lighting connector for iPhone cap design up to 20MB/s Read and 5MB/s Write for Mac and PC 5V self powered Plug and Play- Hot Swappable- external media- portable drive 59mm x 17mm x 13mm
- Secure file storage across your computer, iPhone and iPad - Videos automatically saved to the drive if captured from within the iXpand Drive app The perfect companion for your iPhone, the iXpand Flash Drive lets you free up space on your iPhone, back up your camera roll, and even watch videos
Full Product Specifications:Click to view/Storage Capacity:128 GB/Windows To Go Certified:No/Host Interface:Lightning,USB 3.0 Width:0.7"/Length:2.3"/Weight (Approximate):0.19 oz/Limited Warranty:1 Year
The perfect companion for your iPhone, the iXpand Flash Drive lets you free up space on your iPhone, back up your camera roll, and even watch videos straight from the drive. The flexible Lightning connector works with most cases and the USB 3.0 connector plugs into your Mac computer or PC, making
iXpand Flash Drive is the easiest way to transfer photos and videos between your iPhone, iPad, PCs and Mac computers. Quickly free up memory on your iPhone or iPad, and instantly expand storage by up to 64GB. -Automatically copies photos and videos from the camera roll to the drive when