What does everyone else do cos i dont have a CLUE!!!

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1. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys

Just wondering how people sort there pictures out when they go away.

Basically im backpacking Southeast Asia and instead of downloading them on to a website id like to keep them maybe on disk or something. Can you do this at the internet cafe's?
Do they sell disc's?

What do most people do??

Do you just take loads of blank disks out there and burn them as you go or... em... cant think of another way of doing it???

Please any info would be good as im clueless!!!

Cheers guys

Jan x

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

People get really worried bout losing their pics while travelling. I've heard of some people who get them printed then send the prints home - but if you're like me, and into your photography, this would be an expensive way of doing things!! Downloading to disk is a good idea, as it clears memory on your camera. Make 2 copies and send one home - a nice way to show your family what you've been seeing, and you're assured of having a safe copy of them all.

3. Posted by Dezafinado (Full Member 177 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Although I've not used internet cafes and photo print shops to transfer images from my CompactFlash card to CDs, I've turned it over half a dozen times in Vietnam to have pictures printed. So far everything has gone smoothly. You just have to make sure they know what they're doing before handling over your memory device.

This time my trip will be longer so I'll buy extra memory cards. My Olympus digicam has dual memory slots (each at 4 gb max) and allows pictures to be copied from 1 card to another. I'll just make a copy before handing the card to the shop for transferring of images to CDs. In the event they should fry the card, I'd still have a backup.

4. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well im fine with downloading my stuff on to a computer so that should be fine. What i really need to know is... Do they sell discs in the cafe's to burn it to? I will upload to an internet site aswell just to be sure but id like to have discs of all my pics.
Thanks guys for the information
Jay x

5. Posted by Dezafinado (Full Member 177 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yes, these shops where I had pictures printed can burn CDs too. One thing of concern is the quality of CDs in poorer countries. I've people complain about losing data (music, photos) on them overtime. It could be the quality issue with the hardwear/equipment too, who knows. So you may want to bring your own blanks.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 12, 2006, at 2:56 PM by Dezafinado ]

6. Posted by elincita (Budding Member 38 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

On my south american trip I used my Ipod Photo to host my photos. I just bought a little piece on top of the Ipod so I could transfer my photos directly from my camera to the Ipod. And then I burned them on a cd (2 copies) whenever I got the chance to connect my Ipod to a computer. Your'not going to have a lot of battery on your ipod though after the transfer, it eats up your battery life, so make sure you're not going on an 24 hour bus ride straight afterwards ;)

I know many people don't like this way, using the Ipod and all, but it worked quite fine for me those 5 months in SAmerica. Just make sure you make copies when you have the chance, I actually have 3 sets of my photos right now, 2 on cd's and also on the Ipod ;)

7. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member 57 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

One idea is to just get a 2GB thumb-drive (or two). It takes up NO space, costs about $40/30E a pc-most likely cheaper than your photo card. Figure a CD holds 750-850 MB, a 1 GB thumb-drive holds 11-12 of these for a portion of the space. And you don't have to worry about scratchin'em, carrying blank ones around or buying new ones. They work on USB ports, so if you have no problem downloading your pics onto a PC, you can then upload them onto the thumb-drive. I also keep copies of my reservations and travel itinerary on it. I never leave home without it!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 14, 2006, at 1:58 PM by isisshuru ]

8. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

:)If you have an ipod photo, then you can transfer the photos from your camera onto the computer and then onto your ipod (you will need a big memory though). I did this for back up as well as burning all photos onto cd and sending them back to my parents. as soon as my parents received them and put them on the computer at home i deleted them off my ipod to save space. Alternatively you could just make 2 copies of the cd, send one home and keep one on you just incase.

this hasnt gone wrong for me as yet and ive been away 18 months

hope it helps,

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


having photos and personal info, documents etc is not safe on mechanical equipment! when i meant mechanical equipment i talk about PORTABLE HARD DRIVES AND LAPTOP HARD DRIVES etc.

it is very easy for a hard drive to fail for various reasons, think of it as a car engine! once that hard drive fails, its very hard and VERY VERY expensive to get that data back! in some cases its almost impossible to get that data back.

my hard drive failed recently! i lost 5 years of photos and movies of all my travels, partys, events...its quite sad. but i am told there is a chance that i might be able to get this stuff back. i head to asia and see if i can get it done on the cheap. in the ul and ireland i am get quotes of 1,500-2k as its a mechanical damage and not physical damage.

buring to dvds / cds is a bit better - providing they dont get scratched...consider copying them up to a dedicated server with lots of free space...but carrying a portable drive isnt the way to do things, especially if it rains...but you can do this and back up via cd / ftp website....

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yep, definitely not safe just keeping your pics in one place, particularly a hard drive or something that's going to bust at some point.

Pretty much any internet cafe will be happy to burn your pics to a CD or two, I think burning 2 sets and sending one home is a good idea - that's what I did on my last big trip.