Suggestions for portable image storage?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by John A. Stovall, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. I'm needing to take my Nikon 4500 on a week long trip and don't want
    to drag my lap top (which is old and has only a 6GB disk). What
    should I look as a place to dump each day's take to and then be able
    to transfer it to my big home system.

    What features should I look for? Who makes the better quality ones
    and where can one find them at good prices? I just need a place to
    dump a couple of thousand images. I don't need to view them.


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    John A. Stovall, Feb 14, 2004
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    Robertwgross Guest

    X-drive is one brand that has had these on the market for a while. I have an
    old version 1 that was very inexpensive. Then they have a version 2 and version
    3 now.

    ---Bob Gross---
    Robertwgross, Feb 14, 2004
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  3. This is a frequently asked question. I suggest going to
    and setting the search form up to search only in and
    searching for
    portable storage
    in the space "Find messages with all the words " -- you'll get over
    1600 hits. You'll get threads with links to reviews, personal experience,
    and much much more! :->
    Phil Stripling, Feb 14, 2004
  4. Check I bought a 40GB "Tripper" and am
    very satisfied with the product and the service.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Feb 14, 2004
  5. Why not buy (or borrow) some extra CF memory?
    Say 3 x 512MB cards....

    David J Taylor, Feb 14, 2004
  6. That's barely a Gig. I can fill that in 3 days or less. I'm doing
    images for a book of historical cemeteries and burials in Texas and
    over Christmas had in 3 days a couple of gig done.

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    John A. Stovall, Feb 14, 2004
  7. What OS do you run? I'm using W2K Pro (SP 4) and saw one review that
    it did not play well with it.

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    Unless enjoyed by one and all."

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    from the album "The Internationale"
    John A. Stovall, Feb 14, 2004
  8. Why not buy (or borrow) some extra CF memory?
    Well, I hope it's a Gig and a half!

    I guess it depends what editing you want to do while away and what
    format/quality you need to save pictures in. I don't like the idea either
    of trusting my photos to a rotating storage medium, nor of having to take
    around anything more than is absolutely essential.

    I can appreciate that your requirements may differ.

    David J Taylor, Feb 14, 2004
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    Zol. Guest

    I was in a similar position when I took a trip abroad - I bought a Smartdisk FlashTrax Unit
    40Gb which can store and view images from a CF Card or Microdrive (including RAW files of
    some cameras) on it`s 3.5 inch screen or output to TV or transfered and/or viewed by USB to
    PC - maybe a little pricey
    but it fitted my need . It also plays MP3 files and avi files encoded with mjpeg - If your
    camera doesn`t have a CF Card slot and uses SD Cards or the like then an adapter would need
    to be ought seperately(I don`t know why they don`t include it as standard to be honest).
    transfering to and from CF Card is easy but I would say the battery life is quite short (3
    hours) but comes with a 100-240volt adapter ... Hope that`s another option for you - (other devices also available)
    Zol., Feb 14, 2004
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    Dave Head Guest

    Lessee, you can fill a gig in 3 days, and its a 1 week trip, so it sounds like
    you need a little over 2 gig.

    There's plenty of talk lately about the 4 Gb. CF card available as an intrinsic
    component of a brand new music player, a Creative Labs MuVo II. See it here:

    Buy it, tear it apart, there's a 4 Gb CF card inside. Neat. Less than $200.
    Otherwise, 4 Gb cards for sale as stock items come in around $500, at least the
    last time I looked.

    Dave Head
    Dave Head, Feb 14, 2004
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    Woobie Guest

    Check out the Rodestor (sp.) It's a portable CD Burner/ DVD player that
    has a 4 in 1 adapter on the side. It's 199.99 at Office Depot with a 50.00
    rebate (regularly 249.99.) I don't know the burning speed, but it's totally
    portable and about the size of a paperback book. When the price goes down,
    I'm getting one. I am curious about battery life.
    Woobie, Feb 14, 2004
  12. I'm running XP Pro and also use it on an XP Home laptop. It plays
    very well XP. I also use it as a portable drive to transfer large
    files from my office to my home.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Feb 14, 2004
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