External portable storage for photo images?

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  1. sojourn

    sojourn TPF Noob!

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    I am going camping in a few weeks and I am concerned about filling my three memory cards, 4, 2 & 1Gb rather quickly.

    Is there some sort of (fairly inexpensive) cordless external drive or something that I can download these cards to if I need to?
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Define inexpensive. This was my choice. Epson P-6000 Multimedia Photo Viewer, Overview - Product Information - Epson America, Inc.

    There are knockoffs that are cheaper, but the reliability is questionable. Maybe someone with a different brand will jump in with their experience.
     
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    :lol: Well, that is a great toy, but a bit too expensive for me right now. I just need something to store files, not view them. I guess I'll either have to buy a few more cards or just have a heavy hand in deleting every evening.
     
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    I've read Scott Kelby reccomending those, but reviews from buyers on websites say its got an awkward interface and weird deleting process. I'd like something like that too, but am wary about dropping a couple hundred on a decive with reviews like that.
     
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    I have a 120GB Wolverine FlashPac 7000 series. I'm not sure they still make the 120GB, but it comes in various flavors. It's dog-slow (takes about 15 minutes to d/l an 8GB CF card), but it works well and has been reliable. I recently bent one of the CF card pins on it and had to send it in for repair. Turnaround was about 5 days door-door and it cost about $35 to fix including shipping.

    I bought it before a trip to Italy a couple of years ago and put a lot of data on it.

    80 GB Portable Digital Pictures and Data Storage: Wolverine Data

    Photos, Videos, Music and More!
     
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    My P2000 which has been long obsolete has proven reliable. My wolverine is good too but it hasn't seen as much use as my epson. Have you weighed the cost of external storage to simple buying a boat load of cards???? They all don't have to have the ultra fast write speeds.....
     
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    How much is "fairly inexpensive?" You could also get a small netbook computer for the price of some of the alternatives i see. Netbooks start at around 250 bucks.
     
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    Maybe a couple more 4Gb cards would do rather than the external drives. I am cash strapped as it is, and can't make an excuse for large expenditure until maybe I start selling some pictures. :lol: I did start building a SmugMug account, who knows, the world may beat a trail to my doorstep. :lmao:

    mitsymarx's Photos- powered by SmugMug
     
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    I'd rather have more CF cards than trust my images to a hard disk that might suffer serious damage if it were to be dropped or accidentally banged around really forcefully.
    I think on a per megabyte basis, today's 4-gigabyte CF cards are a good value.

    BTW sojourn, I stopped by your blog a month or two ago and read a lot of entries; you have a very wonderful writing style,and some very keen observational powers. Some wonderful stuff there....the boating on the lake and the newspaper management pieces were particularly poignant and well-written.
     
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    :blushing: I thank you for the kind words. Perhaps they will spur me on to get back and start writing again! I've sort of dropped off the face of the earth lately.
     
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    Seriously... Get some "regular" 4GB compact flash cards which go for about $15-20 bucks each (4GB Kingston from BH). If you think you might need something with a fast write speed, buy 1 or 2 cards of those and keep them just for those times.


    sojourn... your avatar photo looks so familiar... from another forum...

    hmm?
     
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    Fry's Electronics Store Hours and Locations

    This store often has very good deals on CF cards. I'd second Usayit's suggestion of buying name brand 4-gig CF cards when you can find them at attractive prices. Last year, the day after Thanksgving Fry's had some good deals on SanDisk CF cards, and B&H had a super-blowout deal on 8-gig SanDisk Extreme 30-megabyte per second CF cards--the absolute best price of the year.

    If you want to see how fast CF cards of various brands and sizes are when shot in your d-slr, which is a Canon 40D, go to http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007 and pull down to the Canon 40D sub-menu.

    for actual test results in the CF/SD card database Rob maintains. As you can see, not all cards are created equal.
     

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