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Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Ian Prideaux, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Ian Prideaux

    Ian Prideaux Guest

    Hi All,

    What I want is a USB external hard disk (possibly firewire and/or
    network as well), but with a display, so that I don't have to fire up
    the computer every time I just want to look at some photos. If it comes
    with some catalogue software, then that'd be even better.

    Does such a device exist?

    Ian Prideaux, Aug 10, 2008
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  2. Ian Prideaux

    BlackShadow Guest

    Of course it does, why else would you be here with your brand new,
    untouched identity starting your apparently innocent appearing shill for it?

    It is overpriced, buggy, limited in application, and basically useless, but
    it exists.

    It is cheaper, simpler and more functional to use a standard USB drive with
    a Photoframe that has a USB input.

    BTW, who has to "fire up a computer" now? Everyone I know never turns them off.

    BlackShadow, Aug 10, 2008
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  3. Ian Prideaux

    Alex Monro Guest

    There are a number of portable storage devices with small (3- 4") LCD
    screens and USB connectivity. Don't know of any with catalogue software

    See here:

    There are also digital photo frames with larger screens, but usually
    less memory, although some allow additional memory cards to be fitted,
    and some have USB ports.

    See here:
    Alex Monro, Aug 10, 2008
  4. Ian Prideaux

    BlackShadow Guest

    429 quid for a 80GB device?

    You can get a 160GB iPod for far less.

    As I said in a previous post, none of these devices are value for money
    when compared to simpler alternatives.

    BlackShadow, Aug 10, 2008
  5. Ian Prideaux

    Alex Monro Guest

    Convenience seldom comes cheap. It's up to the OP to decide what he
    wants to spend his money on.

    BTW, Warehouse Express aren't necessarily the cheapest supplier, just
    one I happened to have bookmarked, with a good online catalogue.
    Alex Monro, Aug 10, 2008
  6. Ian Prideaux

    Dave Guest

    Do you know any particular photo frames that support a USB hard disk?
    The reason I ask is that many devices support USB flash drives but not
    hard disks. The firmware in photo frames may not support nested
    folders - or more than a certain number of files in the root.

    Ian's needs would be best fulfilled IMHO by a laptop preferably not
    one running Vista (thoughts of the 'blue doughnut of eternity'). To
    obviate the need for 'firing up' most laptops will hibernate quite

    Something like Aperture on a Mac would be cool but expensive. There's
    a lot of subnotebooks coming out soon with Linux and Windows XP. SSD
    storage will get cheaper and cheaper.

    <> 3000 photos especially
    Edinburgh & Scotland. + 3D rendered art, old ads etc.
    Délété david for email; watch the spam filters.
    Dave, Aug 10, 2008
  7. Ian Prideaux

    Dave Guest

    quoting myself:
    I wasn't looking but The Register led me here:

    With your choice of OS yet already! ;o)

    <> 3000 photos especially
    Edinburgh & Scotland. + 3D rendered art, old ads etc.
    Délété david for email; watch the spam filters.
    Dave, Aug 10, 2008
  8. Ian Prideaux

    BlackShadow Guest

    Curious question. I don't know any that don't. I have three photoframes,
    acquired over the past three years. All support USB hard drives. I just
    plug a USB pocket drive into the USB port and the frame treats it like a
    giant thumb drive. Same as my TVs, (LG, Samsung, Sony) plug a hard drive
    into their USB ports and they bring up a menu with all media on them.

    I never turn my computers off, they last much longer that way.
    An MP4 device would be a lot more portable than a new notebook. Even some
    of those increasingly inexpensive car/portable DVD players are an option.
    They have USB ports to play material stored on MP4 players. Pick them up on
    special for a little over a hundred quid.

    BlackShadow, Aug 11, 2008
  9. Ian Prideaux

    OG Guest

    Just to confirm
    You are talking of a HDD based USB drive here? I know that USB flash drives
    will work, can you confirm that they work with HDDs via USB?
    OG, Aug 14, 2008
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