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From: Boskey on 10 Nov 2007 19:33
<jim_nospam_beasley(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
> Is anyone aware of a device that will copy my compact flash directly
> to a hard drive? (like a USB hard drive) I would like to avoid
> carrying a laptop while I travel, but I need to have the capacity of
> compact 120GB hard drive to copy my photos onto as the flash chips are
There are many such devices out, Digimate III, Hyperdrive, Image Tank, Epson
P-3000 & 5000, Wolverine, Nexto CF, and Volsonic, to name a few. I use a
Digimate III with a 120 GB Seagate notebook drive that I installed. If you
purchase one, just be sure it has a file verification feature. View screens
are great, but they use up batteries quickly. You might want to check out
www.dpreview.com and go to their storage and media forum.
From: Ron Hunter on 11 Nov 2007 03:34
David J Taylor wrote:
> Ron Hunter wrote:
>> Why spend that much money on SD cards when a full fledged laptop with
>> 128GB drive, and a nice big screen can be had for under $500? Yes, it
>> is bigger, but it offers many features not available from an SD card.
> The size, weight and carrying inconvenience of the laptop. Consider hand
> luggage only. Given that on my trips I may only take about 3GB of
> pictures, SD cards alone would be something I could easily consider, and
> at the price SDs are? You could even borrow some SDs from a friend just
> for the trip.
Certainly, if your space needs are that conservative, just buy a few 1GB
SD cards. I saw them in the newspaper yesterday for $7.99 each.
Not likely to weigh you down. Grin.
From: David J Taylor on 11 Nov 2007 04:54
Ron Hunter wrote:
> David J Taylor wrote:
>> Ron Hunter wrote:
>>> Why spend that much money on SD cards when a full fledged laptop
>>> with 128GB drive, and a nice big screen can be had for under $500?
>>> Yes, it is bigger, but it offers many features not available from
>>> an SD card.
>> The size, weight and carrying inconvenience of the laptop. Consider
>> hand luggage only. Given that on my trips I may only take about 3GB
>> of pictures, SD cards alone would be something I could easily
>> consider, and at the price SDs are? You could even borrow some SDs
>> from a friend just for the trip.
> Certainly, if your space needs are that conservative, just buy a few
> 1GB SD cards. I saw them in the newspaper yesterday for $7.99 each.
> Not likely to weigh you down. Grin.
A definite improvement in size, capacity and price from the 30MB CF cards
I bought ten years ago!
From: Robert Sneddon on 11 Nov 2007 06:42
In message <fh4mad$djk$1(a)panix5.panix.com>, Al Dykes <adykes(a)panix.com>
>In article <4735d528$0$79861$742ec2ed(a)news.sonic.net>,
> <scharf.steven(a)geemail.com> wrote:
>>> Is anyone aware of a device that will copy my compact flash directly
>>> to a hard drive?
>>One way to do this is to use a PocketPC that has a USB _host port_ and a
>>Compact Flash slot. _Very_ few PocketPCs have both.
I have a Fujitsu Loox N560 PocketPC which I used to back up photos from
my Canon A640 on a recent trip to Japan. It was SD-to-SD, not CF but it
worked OK. I often did this on the train going to my next port of call.
I had the cradle cable with me which gives the Loox a USB port. I
plugged an SD card-reader into the USB socket and the OS (Windows Mobile
6) recognised the reader automatically as a "hard disk". I put a blank
SD card into the Loox's built-in SD-card slot and drag/copied folders
across from the reader's SD card which I had removed from my camera (and
yes, I did set the camera chip's write-protect tab to "lock" before
starting the transfer). I can't imagine that there would be a problem
doing the same sort of thing with a USB CF card reader if your camera
You can use cheap USB memory keys if you don't want to use SD cards and
a reader for the backup but this would only work in the cases where the
devices are compatible -- with CF cards you could do:
A) Copy pics from USB CF-card reader to SD-card in in PocketPC
B) Replace USB CF card reader with USB memory stick
C) Copy pics from SD-card to USB memory stick
D) Erase SD-card in PocketPC
A) Go to A
I had planned to mail my backup SD cards back home as I filled them up
but in the end I just carried them with me in my luggage, separate from
the live card in my camera.
SD cards and USB memory keys are cheap enough to use for backup storage
like this, and even if you lose one or two then you've still got the
rest. A HD or laptop backup is a single point of failure for all your
pictures. It's also a good use for all those smaller-capacity memory
devices (256Mb and smaller) kicking around in the bottom of your camera
>Can any of these PockeTPC systems burn CDs vis a USB-attached CD burner?
Unlikely. There is almost certainly no software for PocketPCs that will
drive a CD or DVD writer. Besides writeable CDs and DVDs are not very
safe as backup devices and they only store about the same that modern SD
cards do while being more fragile, easily scratched and quite bulky. A
CD/DVD writer is also bulky and heavy and needs external power so making
backups (as I did) on a train or a bus probably isn't going to happen.
To reply, my gmail address is nojay1 Robert Sneddon
From: Dave on 11 Nov 2007 10:51
I like my Wolverine. But for long trips it would be convenient to bring a
laptop with photoshop loaded, so that you can spend those hours in airports,
'shopping your files. As someone above said, if you reformat your cards then
it isn't truely a 'backup'. I would be inclined to bring a portable hard
drive, and a small notebook/laptop. If you travel in a group you can share
resources. Remember to store everything in different places, so that when a
thief takes things he doesn't get everything.