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  1. #11
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    Re: Portable storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    That would be, most likely, the Western Digital Passport Wireless Pro Portable External Hard Drive. They come in HDD and SSD flavors.

    The HDD versions aren't too bad, price-wise, but the SSD versions are just too rich for my blood ($500 for a 1TB drive (yikes!!).
    I'm pretty sure it was some type of WD drive so that might very well be it. I couldn't find one when I searched. Thanks.


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    Re: Portable storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    That would be, most likely, the Western Digital Passport Wireless Pro Portable External Hard Drive. They come in HDD and SSD flavors.

    The HDD versions aren't too bad, price-wise, but the SSD versions are just too rich for my blood ($500 for a 1TB drive (yikes!!).
    This sounds like an ideal solution, but unfortunately the reviews scare me off. I would hope someone else make a simular setup that actually works reliably.
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    Re: Portable storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    This sounds like an ideal solution, but unfortunately the reviews scare me off. I would hope someone else make a simular setup that actually works reliably.
    This is the one that I used on a trip last year. It worked reliably enough but I work with technology so it was a bit easier to get it working. For the average person I can see how it would get frustrating and probably wouldn't recommend. I have so many SD cards that in reality I don't have a need for it.

    Two reasons why it was nice to have: 1. I could use it as a power source to charge other USB devices. 2. On the plane ride back home all my buddies were able to connect to it via wifi and view all the photos and videos from their smartphones.

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    Re: Portable storage

    If your a bit paranoid about failures get loads of 16gb cards , if the worst happens its 16gb s worth

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    Re: Portable storage

    If it were me, I'd get a bunch of good SD cards and a nice, weatherproof SD card case (I have one; they're inexpensive). The problem with this approach is you'll have to wait until you get home to cull/process your images. A cheap notebook/laptop seems like an excellent alternative...

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    B&H has a cyber week sale on SD cards through today.
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    Re: Portable storage

    I travel a lot for work and personal enjoyment. I'm also certified in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery so needless to say I take data protection pretty seriously. Coincidentally, my wife and I are off to Europe again this week for holiday. This is my approach to travel data storage which we will again utilize.

    I have an 11" Macbook Air (~2.3 lb) with an upgraded SSD. I copy our image files daily from both of our cameras and our phones, as well as the tracklog from my GPS, to the laptop disk. Depending on our schedule, I may also import in Lightroom. I always make a second copy to an external portable storage device; I currently use a Samsung T3 which weighs less than 2 ounces. I usually have enough memory cards to not have to re-use during the trip. While in transit, my wife carries the T3 in a different bag than my laptop. When I travel for work, I'll keep the external storage in a separate bag as well.

    The advantages of this approach is that I have multiple copies of our files (original media, laptop, external storage) in multiple physical locations without being cumbersome. Even in well known hotel chains, the data speeds are typically not fast enough to transfer a large amount of data to a cloud type data store. In the smaller, B&B type places we prefer, that simply isn't an option. Due to the limitations of data transfer, I still think local data copy is the most efficient approach.

    This past summer we did a 3 country, 17 day family trip and outside of having to reuse one set of memory cards, no issue. I've used a variation of this approach for the last 8-10 years through (according to Tripit stats) 25 countries, 215 cities and just under 600,000 travel miles. Knock on wood, so far I've never lost an image. I'm serious about the so far because odds are it can happen at some point. This approach is reasonable, not burdensome and minimizes the impact.

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    Re: Portable storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Eduard View Post
    I travel a lot for work and personal enjoyment. . . .
    Very nice description Eduard, thank you. Your method of protecting your data is indeed very sophisticated for a traveler, and, sounds right on for a large data network, such as a large proprietary server operations I'm familiar with.

    I will definitely incorporate elements of your plan into my own. Thank you very much.
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    Re: Portable storage

    Portable storage
    So to everyone here who has given me suggestions, here's a summary of how I've taken your suggestions and turned them into a plan. Thanks to you guys for talked me off the ledge. 1st time going to Europe and all .... I got too focused so now I'm actually thinking/looking at the big picture.

    I'm now planning on taking a notebook with an attached backup drive. It will help in the overall to protect my images but it will be good to use on site to review my images as they are produced. I'm still thinking I won't process any images in Europe. I have a really powerful PC in the US that I prefer to use for for various graphic functions, including Lightroom, PS, etc., plus I'm really sloooow at it.

    So I did some calculations and physically copied a bunch of average size NEF files (29mb) files on to a 32gb SD data card to see what it would take to fill it up. Turns out 160 files is 4.57gb on the disk. I suppose I should have known that, but before it always was whatever it was and I didn't pay attention as long as I had SD's to spare.

    On another site a pro blogger mentioned SanDisk Extreme Pro, so I tend to believe the claim they are more durable and fast. There's a faster grade than I'm getting but from what I can tell it's wasted on my d610, and once I finally upgrade it's a different format all together so why spend the money, right? I've purchased only 2 so far, so if I'm wrong about the speed please speak up.

    https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extre.../dp/B01J5RHBQ4

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    They range in size 16gb to 512gb ($279). The 16's are listed but in low supply (1 genius had a 16gb listed for $112). I'm paying a premium @ $15 for 32gb (same price Amazon or B&H).

    So I'll use a 32gb marked pair SD for like 2 days, then swap 'em out. Get a nice protective case. Leave the previous pair in the room.

    That gives me redundant pairs of SD's with separation, the notebook and data drive. Of course, I'll be carrying everything back on the plane so if it goes, I guess I'll be SOL, lost all my new images, right?

    Thanks

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    Last edited by Nathan Lanni; 12-03-2018 at 08:27 PM.
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