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1. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member, 159 posts) 12 Feb '07 09:26

I'm going to be on the road for nearly 4 months come April and I know my memory stick will fill up in the first month. I'm not keen on spending time in internet cafes down loading photos and would prefer a portable storage device. Can any body recommend any thing light weight. I don't need the ones with bells and whistles, just somewhere to to my digi photos on as my memory card fills up.

2. Posted by Q' (Moderator, 1987 posts) 12 Feb '07 11:29

Cheapest and simplest solution would be to get 3 more memory sticks I would think. Anything else would be more combersome and expensive.

3. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member, 159 posts) 15 Feb '07 02:23

Thanks Q

4. Posted by jlala (Budding Member, 36 posts) 24 Feb '07 20:43

you can get one of thoes On the Go (OTG) storgae devices. It is basically a harddisk casing with memory card slots where you can plug in your memory card and transfer the data over to a laptop (2.5") harddisk.

I was using a Compactdrive PD70X which uses AA batteries. Other options are the Digimate series.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3491 posts) 27 Feb '07 09:52

Caroline,
I chose to burn a cd when my memory card was full. I had 3 cds burned while in Asia and it was a cheap option. Cost about $3 to burn a cd in both VN & Thailand. Burn a cd, delete everything and start over. One option to consider.

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 28 Feb '07 10:49

Quoting vegasmike6

Caroline,
I chose to burn a cd when my memory card was full. I had 3 cds burned while in Asia and it was a cheap option. Cost about $3 to burn a cd in both VN & Thailand. Burn a cd, delete everything and start over. One option to consider.

I suggest that at least 2 copies be made. Send one home by post and carry the other one with you. If anything happens to the one you're carrying (i.e. lost or damaged), you still have another copy that you've sent home.

7. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member, 159 posts) 28 Mar '07 06:04

Has any one burnt CDs in Russia and/or Mongolia????

8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru, 1167 posts) 28 Mar '07 09:40

I dont trust this CD business anymore,since I got a empty CD and a empty card back because of technical problem at the fotoshop,
all my pictures gone....
Now I download my pics every day on the portable harddisc to be on the safe side even I use 1 G cards.

paid for the 40 G at E-bay Euro 56
weight 250 gramm plus cable for the akku
simple ,has different slots for the different cards

Marlis

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4278 posts) 28 Mar '07 10:48

Quoting marlis

Now I download my pics every day on the portable harddisc to be on the safe side even I use 1 G cards.

Although it's very unfortunate to lose your photos in the way you did (wow, I'd be majorly pissed off at any store person technically incompetent enough to do that), I really would advise you not to trust a hard disk with your photos either, definitely not for any extended amount of time. As the saying goes, hard disks exist in one of two states: dead, or about to die. Plus information on a hard disk can be (accidentally) overwritten, too.
So, first putting a copy on the hard disk (going by the idea that you trust yourself to get it right more than random store people) is probably a good idea, but then also put it on a CD, as even the crappiest quality CDs have a shelf life that's several times that of even the hardiest hard disk.

10. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member, 159 posts) 29 Mar '07 02:20

My greatest fear is loosing my photos and being on the road for months at a time living out of a backpack there is always a risk of things going wrong. To date I have been lucky but luck won't last forever. I think I'm going to go for over kill and get another 2gb card, download to a portable device AND burn to disk when ever I can.

Thanks for your thoughts and ideas.