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    Hey, I'm carrying around a nikon d40 while traveling, and I want to bring a small, lightweight, and durable portable hard drive which hold around 200GB. I'm not going to have access to computers all the time, so if there's a way of just connecting the camera to the storage device without a computer then that would be a lot better.

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    I don't know anything about this product, but it looks like it might do the trick. It's only 160 GB though. Hope that helps - Marko
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    The hyperdrive which is somewhat similar in concept but 3 times faster is also more expensive although the addition of a colour LCD screen to preview images is also helpful.

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    I'm really just looking for a storage device without anything fancy. It's for traveling purposes, so if it's stolen I dont want to freak out that I spent like $500 on it.
    The Photo Safe (first reply) looks pretty cool, but I'm not sure if it's mac compatible. It most likely is, but I'll have to find out for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamar328 View Post
    I'm really just looking for a storage device without anything fancy. It's for traveling purposes, so if it's stolen I dont want to freak out that I spent like $500 on it.
    The Photo Safe (first reply) looks pretty cool, but I'm not sure if it's mac compatible. It most likely is, but I'll have to find out for sure.
    I don't know how you travel, but I have worked with $50,000 worth of photographic, audio and video equipment and have yet to have anything stolen. Maybe, just chance or luck.

    I am however very security conscious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tegan View Post
    I don't know how you travel, but I have worked with $50,000 worth of photographic, audio and video equipment and have yet to have anything stolen. Maybe, just chance or luck.

    I am however very security conscious.

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    haha ya I'm more of an $800 type. even that's steep for me.

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    I have done a lot of research on drive data stability compared to dvd's and if you properly care for both of them the dvd will outlast the hard drive. Hard drives are only better in one case usually and that is when you have a raid setup with seven hard drives that mirror the data. We use this at work with terrabytes of information.

    If you want my advice, get a solid laptop -- an old one. All that is necessary is that you can burn from memory card to dvd. Then just always make dvd copies of your data.

    Even with an older laptop, you can probably find one on Ebay or a garage sale you can get good performance for just a few hundred dollars. I have seen someone use an older laptop with a strip that will read 4 memory cards at once. The computer was bare bones and pretty much only had the necessary software on it. He would just pop in a card and run a dvd backup of the memory card. Done.

    It did take longer than recording straight to a hard drive.

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    Ok. Now, if you want to ignore that advice here is a hard drive from Wolverine data that will allow you to record and preview images. I have seen this and I asked the photographer what it was and he was more than happy to .. ahem.. brag about it.

    The Wolverine ESP is great if you have a few bucks to spend and it has some bells and whistles. Personally, I wish they had a bare bones version with just the LCD preview screen instead of all the peripherals...

    You can see the Wolverine ESP at the following link:

    http://www.wolverinedata.com/index.p...uicklinks/C11/

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    Ya, I'm aware of the DVD comparison to hard drives, but once again this is for travel, and I dont feel like lugging around a laptop when i'm going backpacking around the world. The personal hard drive allows me to save a lot of space and still holds all my photos. I'm also still trying to find something under the $150 range, but still decent quality. Photo Safe 2 from Digital Foci was more of what I was looking into.

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    Have you considered simply multiple memory cards, since they are small and easy to carry? You might be changing cards more often but the chance of losing large numbers of shots would be less.

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