Replies: 21 - Last Post: Dec 15, 2012 6:06 AM Last Post By: RockWilder
Dec 8, 2012 7:10 AM
Photo StorageHey friends,
I'm sure this question has been asked several times, but I haven't exactly found what I'm looking for. I will be backpacking through Patagonia for a month from February to March. I have a Canon 7d that I use for video and time lapse. I have three 16gb CF cards and one 32 gb. Unfortunately I won't be able to take my MacBook Pro because it's way too heavy (and I don't want to break it!) Can anybody point me in the right direction for storing A LOT of photos, and preferably something that is lightweight?
Thank you guys so much! These forums have been a life saver!
Dec 8, 2012 8:09 AM
Dec 8, 2012 9:33 AM
Dec 8, 2012 12:32 PM
3There used to be some devices around that copies files off SD/CF cards and store it on its own internal hard drive like this super digibin
Dec 8, 2012 2:08 PM
4If your cell phone supports USB on the go, then you should be able to copy your pics directly to your phone as a secondary storage option. More specifically, my recommendation is to buy a massive micro sd card for your phone and, using a card adapter and USB adapter for your phone, copy your pics to the micro sd card as well as keep the original cards as a backup. It might also be possible to further copy the pics from your phone to a flash drive as well.
I know that the Samsung galaxy S phones support USB on the go. It may be a very tedious process but may just get the job done. Check you tube for video demonstrations of how USB on the go works.
Dec 8, 2012 7:58 PM
5Go for a photo storage device such as the Nexto:
There are other brands out there as well, just make sure that it has a fast transfer speed and decent battery.
If you shoot a lot it makes no sense having a device which takes an hour to transfer a full card.
And make sure the device is USB OTG (nexto is), means you can connect a regular external hard drive to it for backup purposes so you have your images saved on two drives, the nexto itself and a hard drive.
Costs some money but I have never looked back since.
Note that you can swap the hard drive inside in a couple of minutes as well.
Much cheaper than loads of cards and possible to back up as well.
Dec 10, 2012 3:15 PM
6More flash cards and guard them like you do your passport, oh I shoot mine then put them in my passport case, normally after backing them up onto a dell netbook. The photo hard drive devices exist its just that they tend to be more expensive that the crop of little 10 inch netbooks from a variety of manufactures, the 11inch MacBook Air would be the expensive choice. I’m looking at a plug-in SD card reader/iPad Mini/Ex Hard drive setup, it’s smaller than the 10inch Dell netbook, and is in pieces so easier to store, plus I love my iPad Mini ;)
Dec 10, 2012 5:28 PM
7Photo hard drive with 500gb costs 300-400$.
17 cards 32gb cost more or the same than that and it will be cards with slow write speed if you get cheapest ones, not really ideal for shooting.
Plus with cards you still need a computer for back-up.
Only thing I don't know if those things can store video files as well.
Dec 10, 2012 6:04 PM
8Hyperdrive is another fast storage device, btw. However seems not to take video files too.
Photo safe does take video, but somewhat slow at less that 4min per gb it would take a full hour to transfer a full 16gb card.
Another that stores video is the wolverine pic Pac II, speed 1.5min per gb, not too bad. However only 15gb transfer per battery charge, needs to be near a power outlet.
Plus those two don't have USB OTG I think, so backup problem.
Newto has their video pro line that can do it all, but those are really expensive then.
Dec 10, 2012 7:00 PM
9Actually it looks that the old Nexto M1 can store video files:
Didn't know that, looks like my two M1 drives are keepers then.
It does has USB OTG function as well. Found that out only after I had bought the second drive 4yrs ago.
Maybe try to find one of those.
It seems that the new 2730 actually can copy video file too, just not show it on its miniature screen. Nop big loss. However it is not USB OTG it seems, serious disadvantage, can't copy data over to another external drive.
Dec 10, 2012 9:54 PM
10I've got a Hyperdrive colourspace for ipad and it stores videos perfectly ok. It can't play them back though, but will transfer anything off the memory card. I bought the case only then sourced a drive locally for cheaper then what they offered.
I can also transfer files to my ipad with it. Nice feature for viewing on a better screen, but not necessary unless you like the feature.
Dec 10, 2012 10:42 PM
Dec 11, 2012 12:00 AM
Dec 11, 2012 1:00 AM
13Well, the cost is about the same - but you carry more in size.
With two cards for the camera you can shoot with one until full, then replace it with second card, stick the full one into your image storage device and download it on the go inside your bag while you continue shooting.
Notebook is often not convenient for downloading, you sort of have to be installed somewhere like in a restaurant or room.
Internet and communication I do with smart phone, I don't need editing capability on the go.
Overall a smaller package and more mobile, truly pocket size.
Hard drives can fail, in laptops or in photo storage devices, so always back up to two drives, whatever you choose.
Photo storage and hard drive.
Laptop and hard drive
Cards and hard drive
Would be great to have a small tablet with TWO ports fully USB capable, could do card reader direct to hard drive then, but doesn't exist yet I think.
Dec 11, 2012 2:28 AM
14You see a lot of new netbooks and ultrabooks now come with SSDs so they are much more robust.
I have an old Dell Mini 9 that uses only SSD (I have upgraded it from 16Gb to 64GB) and it's solid as a rock, even with the rough and tumble of being carried around in my shoulder bag etc while travelling. I store my photos on it as well as a small 640GB portable USB drive.