Personal Disc Storage devices

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by werdan, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. werdan

    werdan Guest

    So what do people think is better?

    An x-drive pro with a 60gb hard disc that holds all your photos from your
    flash ram on a single slightly vulnerable hard drive in a neat, simple,
    compact unit


    A IamgeCD/Fotobar which burns all your photos from your flash ram directly
    to a CD. Burning a CD takes longer and each CD it's self is vulnerable but
    you burn multiple copies and all your eggs are no longer in the same basket.

    Both devices are approx $330 inc GST at present from

    Have people had problems with crashing their hard drive or are they pretty
    reliable these days?
    werdan, Mar 1, 2005
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    paul the 2nd Guest

    X-drive...Maybe slightly vunerable but i have dragged one around the world
    from sub-zero temps to the floor of a truck across africa. Never missed a
    beat & it lasts a very long time on one charge.
    paul the 2nd, Mar 1, 2005
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  3. werdan

    paul the 2nd Guest

    & you can charge it from a ciggy lighter in a vehicle.
    paul the 2nd, Mar 1, 2005
  4. Over a 100gb of images to my Image Tank now and never a single glitch.

    The problem that I see with burning to CD is what do you do with 1 & 2Gb+
    cards? Does it automagically split them across multiple CDs??

    I think the portable HD is the most convenient option... but it should be
    looked at as a short term backup.... ie get your photos home, back up to
    main pooter and DVD etc from there. Don't go using it as your only backup.
    Russell Stewart, Mar 1, 2005
  5. werdan

    werdan Guest

    Thanks Russell. It does span over multiple CDs but only burns 4 CDs per
    charge. You can of course, use a car adapter.

    I think the x-drive is probably the way to go. Thanks guys
    werdan, Mar 1, 2005
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    Scott Howard Guest

    If you're that worried, buy two!

    Sure, it costs more, but if you're that worried about it possibly
    crashing then having two, with all photos copied to both, massively
    reduces the chances.

    Scott Howard, Mar 1, 2005
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    Henrik Tived Guest

    hi guys,

    I had one of the original x-drives and I found that battery time was the
    biggest concern. After a few gigabytes there was no more juice left.

    when going away for a longer period with out any power sources this was a

    on the topic of external storage - what is the best option out there? where
    power and speed is paramount!

    Henrik Tived, Mar 2, 2005
  8. werdan

    HC Guest


    An Image Tank with 25Gb HDD does it for me, I had a brand new 25 sitting
    around doing nothing so now it's been put to good use. I expected poor
    battery life but have found so far it's better than expected. Then as
    Paul said, it's so easy to charge from the car if necessary. I bought a
    zippered make-up bag to carry all the bits and pieces which means I
    don't have to chase cable, battery, 12v plug etc...they are all in the
    one bag. Hope this helps?

    HC ;-)
    HC, Mar 2, 2005
  9. werdan

    Ubiquitous Guest

    I find that to be absolutely the case with my x-drive. It isn't even the
    original. Its the middle of the range vp-2060 - Bought it about a year ago.
    It has barely enough charge for 2 to 3 dumps of a 512mb card and has been
    that way since I bought it. Was indispensible during my trip but definitely
    required regular charging. I wouldn't say mine had good battery life at all.
    Ubiquitous, Mar 2, 2005
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    paul the 2nd Guest

    wow i have the X-drive Pro (no longer avail i think) model... & i am
    totally amazed at how long the battery a guess i could put
    several thousand shot on it.
    paul the 2nd, Mar 2, 2005
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    Henrik Tived Guest


    approx how many gigsbytes could u download to the x-drive pro.

    1000's of images are a relative measure, i would be more then happy with a
    device that could do 1000's images @ 11mb each or soon 16mb raw files, that
    would be fantastic.

    anyone, know when the iPod is going to be CF compatible?


    Henrik Tived, Mar 3, 2005
  12. werdan

    GB Guest

    I've got an XDrive2 and an Xdrive Pro and find neither perform well in
    speed of transfer or battery life. They came with a 12v charger/power
    supply which I connect up to a bigger Battey (either a 12v Gel Cell or a
    14.4v LiIon video camera battery) and I could run it all day.

    I no longer trust it as the primary storage medium (i.e. I won't format a
    card after I have copied to it) as I had a case where it failed to copy the
    files and I didn't check the folder contents and lost about 50 photos, but I
    do use it as an on site backup mechanism so if I loose a card I should have
    the files still on the drive.

    With 60GB, I can also just leave the files there for some time as well, so
    they are a backup to the HDD copy on my PC one I have formatted the cards.
    GB, Mar 3, 2005
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    paul the 2nd Guest

    5 Mp camera always used at 5MP + some video & raw. My x-drive is 30
    gig....would not part with mine at all. Great device.
    paul the 2nd, Mar 3, 2005
  14. werdan

    Henrik Tived Guest

    Hi Paul.

    I am not trying to knock the device. just scratching my balding head as I am
    looking for me a suitable device, other then draggin a laptop along.

    thanks for your input

    Henrik Tived, Mar 3, 2005
  15. I would personally look at the FlashTrax... it's a little larger, but has a
    great colour screen and can view RAW files as well as JPEG. (even plays MP3
    I think??)

    .....then there is the new Epson that is about to be released in OZ, it also
    has a full colour screen etc.
    Russell Stewart, Mar 3, 2005
  16. "Henrik Tived" <>, far, far away from here, appears to
    have written:

    The battery has since died entirely :)
    M i c C u l l e n, Mar 4, 2005
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    David_MC Guest

    It confirmed that the new Epson won't be here according to Epson

    David_MC, Mar 4, 2005
  18. An Epson insider informed me that they now will release in OZ, after first
    planning not to..... perhaps they have changed their mind again??? :-(
    Russell Stewart, Mar 4, 2005
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    Jeff Guest

    Jeff, Mar 5, 2005
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    retoohs Guest

    Yes I use a LOOK-E instead of an X-Drive and battery consumption is my
    main problem. When I first started using it I was thinking CF cards had
    downloaded when they hadn't because of low battery power but now I've
    learnt to understand the array of lights on the front I know when images
    have loaded correctly. I get 3-4 512mb cards out of a set of batteries.

    retoohs, Mar 9, 2005
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