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1. Posted by seyellee (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm about to go to Kenya for 1 month and anticipate taking hundreds of photos. I'm debating how to go about storing these photos, as I don't want to run out of memory space. Been wondering about buying an external 40Gb hard drive that I could transfer the photos onto, that way I wont lose any image quality... Has anybody used this system? If so, can you recommend a particular type of hard drive? Would it be better just to buy a couple of memory cards?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have a 40gb iRiver h300 hard drive. It is an mp3 player but simply acts as an external hard drive, so you can put anything on it. The great thing about it is it has a HOST function. This means you can plug your digital camera DIRECTLY into the iRiver and upload photos straight away. Unfortunately, my model of camera is not compatible so I have to buy a card reader (cheap as funk) to transfer the information. You might want to check if yours is compatible. Have a look at different MP3 players though, as mine is rather bulky. I love it, but it might not be the right size for you. By the way, the host function works with anything that has the mini usb style connector (can't remember what it's called, but phones have them, cameras and some mp3 players. This means you can plug PDA's, mobile phones, cameras, other MP3 players DIRECTLY into your iRiver. It must be noted that I do not work for iRiver!

As for other options, I bought THIS memory card from amazon and it holds over 4,000 photos at the highest quality, and around 9,000 at the lowest quality.

Good luck and have fun!

3. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have made a comparison table of some available portable photo storage devices.

There are basically two types:
- rather cheap storage devices with no preview function. Basically a hard disk with a card reader attached
- full multimedia readers with large display screens and more functions

The prices are typically around $200 for the first type and $500 for the second one.

4. Posted by seyellee (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your replies...

I do have another query, though. We have been looking at external hard drives, and there is quite a range to choose from. I have read in certain reviews that they are risky because if the battery goes, then you lose everything... So, I have also looked into the portable cd burners (eg. CD Slimline Photostore), which basically burn all the photos to cd directly, without the need for a PC. This means that there is no risk of losing any data. However, the cd burner is bigger and heavier than most hard drives, and this system also means carrying around spare cd's and the photo cd's... So it does not seem like the most sensible option for somebody trying to travel light.

Again, any feedback on the cd burner option would be greatly appreciated.

5. Posted by Makini (Full Member 80 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hmm - a hard drive shouldn't lose data because of batteries running out? What's on a hard-drive remains there until you choose to delete it...

6. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi ya,
I've just had a glance at this thread, and can understand your reluctance for external hard drives.
Downsides are:
Not shock proof, don't like exstream temps, size (not a major issue with the 2.5ins drives).
I use an external hard drive for work, but I have had a couple of them go wrong (dropped one and the other just crashed), you can recover the data, but it costs loads. They do work wonders for storing large amounts of info.

I know freecom do a robust version, or you can use your mp3 player (my sony is 20Gb) and connects just as a hard drive(which they are)

Flash drives are light and reliable, and also don't need access to a PC to transfer.

7. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You should check out the Cowon iAudio X5L. It comes in 20/30/60 GB versions and it also comes with the USB host feature already mentioned above. I was thinking about getting a new MP3 player anyway, so for me, buying this is like killing two birds with one stone.

Otherwise, just buy a few 1GB cards, SD are really cheap at the mo (£17.50 for a branded one!)

8. Posted by seyellee (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your advice.
We have opted for the PD70X, which is a bit bulky, but it takes AA batteries, which we thought might be a better option when travelling, cos you can always have a spare set...
We have not yet put it to the test, but I will keep you posted upon my return from Kenya, as to how efficient & useful it is.

9. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We downloaded all our photos to CDs, and carried double copies, one in my backpack and one in my boyfriend's. An USB is probably handier, but we were so afraid of losing it so CDs were better for us. Most internet cafés or photo stores can help you with that.