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    Portable storage

    Due to a really fantastic opportunity, I'll be traveling to Pairs and Italy this April.

    I'll be there for almost 2 weeks, will likely shoot all but one or 2 days. It will be my first opportunity to shoot in the field for an extended period away from my PC.
    Like other people I shoot a LOT of images at a time - different settings, angles, etc., in RAW not jpeg. And I do panos. Pretty common stuff, right, so all I'm saying is that I'm trying to wrap my mind around the idea that I'll have perhaps hundreds of images on SD cards far away from a proven safety net of having TB's of reliable backup solution to protect my images.

    Kind'a scary really. So I need help weeding out portable solutions. I'll be taking my android smartphone and tablet, but no laptop. I will not be editing abroad.

    1. One cheap and easy way is to get a bunch of sd/micro sd cards and some kind of container to protect them. 100 or 200 GB cards like SanDisk are really cheap. I've never had an issue with SD failures, but I know the risk is real. My d610 has dual cards slots so that gives me redundancy.

    2. Portable SSD or HDD and some way to transfer the images to the drive. Plug it in at the end of the day - transfer away. This seems fairly cheap, safe and simple, could even have redundancies, but I haven't found a way to hook up a mutil-card reader to a portable HDD.

    3. There's a bunch hot spot this mutil-card reading capability devices but it seems like they're more for streaming video and sharing stuff. I just want portable storage.

    4. Read about Gnarbox seems great, $400 US+, and lot more than I really need. Maybe a cheaper but similar item?

    I'm guessing there's more by why keep looking at stuff when I'm not sure what really works or not.


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    Re: Portable storage

    What about getting a cheap pre-owned laptop and portable drive just to copy and past your shots on a daily basis. This is what I do when I travel.
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    Re: Portable storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Lanni View Post
    Due to a really fantastic opportunity, I'll be traveling to Pairs and Italy this April...
    If it were me I'd stock up on 128 GB SD cards, number them and set my camera to use Slot 2 as "Backup". When the cards get full, swap them for a fresh pair. The cards are numbered so card #'s 1 and 2 are a set, cards #3 and #4 are set, etc.

    If you're concerned you might have a crap card, run it by H2Testw. If there's an error on the SD card, H2Testw will find it.

    You can drive yourself nuts with, "yeah, but..." and coming up with all kinds of "what if..." scenarios but the simple fact is, there is no perfect solution.
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    You might want to double check the D610 max SD card size. It might only handle up to a 64GB card. Having a ton of SD cards might be the best solution. Figure out how much you plan to shoot and see if 10-15 cards would serve your purpose.

    I had a similar situation last year and ended up going with a WD 3TB MyPassport Wireless Pro (similar to a Gnarbox). It was probably less than $200. I had it configured to insert SD card and auto download all the videos off the card. It turned out that I had plenty of cards so I ended up keeping all the data on the cards and just dumping the contents onto the drive as a redundant backup. If you go that route, I strongly suggest you take the time to properly set it up and test it often. Test inserting the card and watching to see when ALL the data is done copying. Check out how it works, for instance if you "dump" a card for data and then use the card to take more pictures without deleting the old pics, and then dump it back to the WD drive will you have duplicates? You need to check out all those scenarios.

    In the end I could have survived with just all of my memory cards and done without the WD 3TB device and I haven't used it since. It was nice to know that all my data was on the cards AND on the 3TB drive but ultimately unnecessary.

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    Re: Portable storage

    Thanks for the suggestion. That's actually pretty clever - I take it you're basically using the laptop as interface between SD card and the portable drive.

    I may consider that option regardless.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    What about getting a cheap pre-owned laptop and portable drive just to copy and past your shots on a daily basis. This is what I do when I travel.
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    Re: Portable storage

    Numbering the sets of cards is pretty clever, really. I'd been shopping for cards, when I was suddenly gripped by the "what if" syndrome. Silly, really.

    I think in all my years using SD cards, which stretches back a ways, I've had 1 maybe 2 card fails, and then I'm pretty sure some unusual circumstances played a role. Maybe 1 card failure stumped me so it was likely defective. I think that speaks to the reliability of the cards.

    On top of that I'll have the DSLR copy files to both card slots. I looked around and there some nice cases you can get to protect the cards.

    After that, there's only some much you can do, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    If it were me I'd stock up on 128 GB SD cards, number them and set my camera to use Slot 2 as "Backup". When the cards get full, swap them for a fresh pair. The cards are numbered so card #'s 1 and 2 are a set, cards #3 and #4 are set, etc.

    If you're concerned you might have a crap card, run it by H2Testw. If there's an error on the SD card, H2Testw will find it.

    You can drive yourself nuts with, "yeah, but..." and coming up with all kinds of "what if..." scenarios but the simple fact is, there is no perfect solution.
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    Re: Portable storage

    Check the DSLR's specs is a good Idea. No doubt the d610 won't tolerate the largest of the fastest cards.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Quote Originally Posted by PapaST View Post
    You might want to double check the D610 max SD card size. It might only handle up to a 64GB card. Having a ton of SD cards might be the best solution. Figure out how much you plan to shoot and see if 10-15 cards would serve your purpose.

    I had a similar situation last year and ended up going with a WD 3TB MyPassport Wireless Pro (similar to a Gnarbox). It was probably less than $200. I had it configured to insert SD card and auto download all the videos off the card. It turned out that I had plenty of cards so I ended up keeping all the data on the cards and just dumping the contents onto the drive as a redundant backup. If you go that route, I strongly suggest you take the time to properly set it up and test it often. Test inserting the card and watching to see when ALL the data is done copying. Check out how it works, for instance if you "dump" a card for data and then use the card to take more pictures without deleting the old pics, and then dump it back to the WD drive will you have duplicates? You need to check out all those scenarios.

    In the end I could have survived with just all of my memory cards and done without the WD 3TB device and I haven't used it since. It was nice to know that all my data was on the cards AND on the 3TB drive but ultimately unnecessary.
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    Re: Portable storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Lanni View Post
    ... I'd been shopping for cards, when I was suddenly gripped by the "what if" syndrome. Silly, really.
    Pretty sure we've all been there.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Lanni View Post
    I think in all my years using SD cards, which stretches back a ways, I've had 1 maybe 2 card fails, and then I'm pretty sure some unusual circumstances played a role. Maybe 1 card failure stumped me so it was likely defective. I think that speaks to the reliability of the cards.
    I've had exactly one SD that got dodgy on me I let go of. Other than that, zero issues with any SD card I've owned.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Lanni View Post
    On top of that I'll have the DSLR copy files to both card slots. I looked around and there some nice cases you can get to protect the cards.

    After that, there's only some much you can do, right?
    Right on all counts. And yeah, your D610 will handle as large a capacity card as you want to stuff it with. I have one photographer on staff that uses a pair of 512GB cards and I'm 99% sure he shoots with a D600/D610.
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    Re: Portable storage

    One of our beloved members who is no longer with us mentioned using some type of portable hard drive that had a card reader slot. Supposedly it allowed backups directly from memory cards (no PC required). I don't know if he ever posted the exact model he used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    One of our beloved members who is no longer with us mentioned using some type of portable hard drive that had a card reader slot. Supposedly it allowed backups directly from memory cards (no PC required). I don't know if he ever posted the exact model he used.
    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!!).
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