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Topic # 161800 20-Jan-2015 11:32
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Hi guys,

Maybe some of you have a clever idea of solving this.

Whilst our stuff is under way to NZ, the wife and I will be travelling criss cross via Africa and Asia for 6 weeks and see a bit of the world rather than being homeless bums :)

I'm a keen photo and videographer and typically come back with several thousands of photos and a good 100~200GB of HD video.

On most holidays so far I've always had access to a laptop, travelling in "safe" Western countries.
But now it's 6 weeks of us and our backpacks and I don't really want to pack my 17" laptop.
First of all cause it's bulky and inconvenient to lug around everywhere and secondly because it's prone to theft. The thought of losing it in a random African country's airport security check or when we store our backpacks in a hostels storage cupboard makes me think twice on bringing it.

Then again, in case one of the cameras somehow gets lost or stolen I would lose all the photos on it... SO .. I'm planning to bring a 500GB USB2 HD that I have, it's very compact robust and certainly not a nuisance to carry around.

The problem I'm facing is how do I easily copy all the photos & videos from my cameras onto the portable HD without a computer?
Are there any specialised devices that can do this??





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  Reply # 1218176 20-Jan-2015 11:41
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Such devices came out over 10 years ago. Basically harddrives with card readers. 

One product I recall was image tank, if you google for that you can find similar products as i guess image tank is no longer made. 

Here is a modern equivalent. ...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/NextoDI-Nexto-Extreme-ND2700-ND-2700/dp/B002PTUP2C

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  Reply # 1218216 20-Jan-2015 12:08
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I believe you might also be able to do similar with an eyefi card + wireless hard drive.

But one with an internal card reader I'd pick as more reliable.





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  Reply # 1218226 20-Jan-2015 12:17
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Android and usb otg?




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  Reply # 1218229 20-Jan-2015 12:23
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Get a cheap 11inch netbook etc

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I use one of these from my phone with and a portable hard drive. It's slightly clunky but worked fine to back up my cards to both the phone, the hard drive, and to the cloud via the phone/Dropbox.

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  Reply # 1218342 20-Jan-2015 14:51
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timmmay: I use one of these from my phone with and a portable hard drive. It's slightly clunky but worked fine to back up my cards to both the phone, the hard drive, and to the cloud via the phone/Dropbox.


Also use one of these with my phone mainly to move photos from SD cards to an external hard drive when travelling. No issues



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  Reply # 1218910 21-Jan-2015 10:54
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Yay Timmmayyy! That RAVpower Filehub looks excellent. I'll get myself one, it seems cheap too!




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  Reply # 1218912 21-Jan-2015 10:56
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*sigh if only it had gigabit LAN or gigabit wifi that would mean i just need to buy a 4TB drive and have a proper NAS!




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  Reply # 1219081 21-Jan-2015 13:42
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ScuL: Yay Timmmayyy! That RAVpower Filehub looks excellent. I'll get myself one, it seems cheap too!


Where are you in NZ?

joker97: *sigh if only it had gigabit LAN or gigabit wifi that would mean i just need to buy a 4TB drive and have a proper NAS!


I decided to just put a mirrored RAID into my PC, building a decent NAS box with RAID/ECC was too expensive.




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  Reply # 1219107 21-Jan-2015 13:53
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what's the lowest power consumption you can make a "NAS HTPC" do?




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  Reply # 1219122 21-Jan-2015 14:03
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timmmay: I use one of these from my phone with and a portable hard drive. It's slightly clunky but worked fine to back up my cards to both the phone, the hard drive, and to the cloud via the phone/Dropbox.


Can it power a 2.5" 2TB HDD?

Will it work with GPT drives for > 2TB ones?




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  Reply # 1219129 21-Jan-2015 14:11
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richms:
timmmay: I use one of these from my phone with and a portable hard drive. It's slightly clunky but worked fine to back up my cards to both the phone, the hard drive, and to the cloud via the phone/Dropbox.


Can it power a 2.5" 2TB HDD?

Will it work with GPT drives for > 2TB ones?


No idea sorry. Works with my 750MB or 1GB 2.5" USB drive.




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  Reply # 1219158 21-Jan-2015 14:38
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What about a cheap 7" or 8" W8.1 tablet to drive the external HDD? Can be had for a couple of hundred dollars



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  Reply # 1219597 21-Jan-2015 23:32
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timmmay:
ScuL: Yay Timmmayyy! That RAVpower Filehub looks excellent. I'll get myself one, it seems cheap too!


Where are you in NZ?



I'm in the UK near London, this trip is our "adventure on the way" until I become an NZ resident
I found the 6-in-1 version on Amazon for £36 so it's pretty cheap




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  Reply # 1219652 22-Jan-2015 05:43
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Ah ok, if you were in Wellington I'd have loaned it to you.

If anyone in Wellington wants one I'd sell it, say 75% the price of new, no shipping if you collect and less than amazon either way. I bought it for one trip really, I can't imagine I'll use it again in the near future. It's in perfect condition. Has a 3000mah battery in it too, can charge your phone from it if you need to.




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