Photo Storage Devices

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by MAL, May 25, 2006.

  1. MAL

    MAL Guest

    What photo storage device is the best? I am using the Nikon D70s and SanDisk
    Extreme III CF-cards (2 GB) and I wonder, what storage device You could
    recommend. I have looked at the Epson P-4000 and I have just heard of a new
    device from german Jobo...

    Mikael (Denmark)
    MAL, May 25, 2006
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  2. Hate to say it, but..."it depends".

    For me, a laptop. I can dump the cards to the hard drive, and then
    dump the hard drive to CD or DVD, perhaps multiple copies. In
    full-paranoia mode I'd carry one copy of the CDs and mail another one,
    plus have the copy of the photos on the hard drive as yet another
    backup. And the laptop lets me get a GOOD look at the photos. And
    put up preliminary galleries, and keep in touch with my life. And I
    transfer a copy to my server at home over the network (overnight) if
    the connectivity allows it.

    But for other people, the size and weight of the laptop is a
    deal-breaker, or the power requirements. I wouldn't try to take a
    laptop up Everest (and the hard drives aren't speced to work at that
    altitude anyway).

    I'm not happy with using the potted hard drives because it means my
    pictures are in *just one place*. Yes, I've lived with that with film
    the previous thirty-some years, but it was always a worry and
    something I went to consderable trouble to minimize the risks of.
    With digital I can have my pictures in two places at once much earlier
    in the workflow, so I do. (One could use *two* potted hard drives.
    Or there are devices like them but which burn DVDs, and you could burn
    multiple copies.)

    There are now a lot of different choices; check them out and find the
    one that works for you -- or that works for *this particular
    David Dyer-Bennet, May 26, 2006
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    Rob & Sue Guest

    Rob & Sue, May 26, 2006
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    Julie Meikle Guest

    A supplementary to Mikael's question if you don't mind Mikael,......are
    there any comparative reviews of the small cheaper store only (rather than
    colour screen to view the pictureson) devices?
    Julie Meikle, May 26, 2006
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    ian Guest

    if you are more interested in storing the devices go down to £99. Most
    reviews concentrate on screen resolution, battery life etc. If you only
    insert card backup and go then not too much to worry about. i went
    inbetween and got an archos gmini. it works like a normal usb 2.0 hard
    drive too. A very fast one actually. also plays wma and mp3 and will play
    non encrypted tracks.
    ian, May 29, 2006
  6. What photo storage device is the best? I am using the Nikon D70s and

    Mikael - my wife and I have been generally delighted with the Epson P-2000
    she got about 18 months ago. It would be nice were it a little faster.

    David J Taylor, May 29, 2006
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    HelenEdith Guest

    I've got the 30GB version of the Jobo Giga One, but believe that
    there's now a 40GB version. It doesn't allow you to view the images at
    all: it's simply a storage device. You stick your card in it and press
    the copy button and it copies your card to the hard drive in the
    device. When you get home, you plug it into a USB 2 port and it
    functions like a USB hard drive and you can retrieve your images.

    It's about the cheapest way of bringing home images that I know of, but
    it does put all of your eggs in one basket.

    HelenEdith, May 29, 2006
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