The OWC Envoy Pro Elektron is an amazing feat of storage engineering. In a tiny aluminum enclosure measuring 2 x 3 x 0.5 inches (5.1 x 7.6 x 1.3 cm), this drive currently comes in 240GB, 480GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. Sure, it’s the perfect companion for your MacBook Pro, but it’s also a handy accessory for your iPad Pro. Here’s how it works.
Formatting the Envoy Pro Elektron
Take the drive out of its itty-bitty box, plug in the USB-C to USB-A/USB-C cable, then plug it into your Mac. It appears on the Mac desktop as “OWC SETUP”. Simply double-click the drive icon to open it, and then double click the OWC Drive Guide app to launch it.
Follow a few easy instructions to format the drive in the Apple File System (APFS), and it’s ready to use both with your Mac and iPad Pro.
Where the Drive Appears on the iPad Pro
Unlike the Mac, the iPad Pro doesn’t display desktop icons for external drives. Instead, those drives appear in the Files app. Plug the drive’s cable into the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, and it is instantly available. To see what’s on the drive, launch the Files app, and look under Locations on the left sidebar.
Locations displays your iCloud Drive, files stored on your iPad Pro, and items like external servers and drives. Click the Elektron icon in the sidebar and the contents are displayed on the right.
With its diminutive size and fast USB-C connectivity, the Envoy Pro Elektron is the perfect storage companion for an iPad Pro. What can you use it for?
- Storing video or photos for editing with iPad Pro apps like Pixelmator Pro, Adobe Premiere Rush for Video, Adobe Photoshop, or LumaFusion
- Transferring large files from Mac or PC to iPad Pro
- Backing up music files created in apps like GarageBand, Drum Pad Machine – Beat Maker, and so on
- Making fast backups of anything stored locally on the iPad Pro; documents, photos, video, you name it!
Doing work in the field? The drive also adds water, dust and crush resistance to the mix.
Pricing for the OWC Envoy Pro Elektron starts at just $99 for the 240GB version. It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts for your friends, family, and yourself – why not pick up a few of these diminutive drives today?