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klindup
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Backing up cards
« on: August 26, 2012, 11:33:14 AM »

I am planning a trip to Northern Iceland and want to take backup copies of my images in the field.  I only use 4GB cards to minimise my exposure to card failure but on this trip I really do not want to lose anything.  I am thinking of buying a 64GB ipad to do the job and also allow me to review my results.  Does anyone have any other suggestions or will the ipad do the job?
Ken
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Re: Backing up cards
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2012, 03:31:16 PM »

If I was using SD cards, I'd just buy a bunch of SD cards! 4GB runs around $5 these days (maybe $10 for a premium high speed card). Even with CF cards you can find a decent 4GB card for $8 and premium cards for maybe $15.

Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC
Transcend 4 GB 133x CompactFlash

I often carry a netbook PC which I paid $199 for and it has a 160GB hard drive. Cheaper and more useful than an iPad. I use a USB card reader with it. This one has 320GB Acer Aspire One AOD270-1410

For even less than that you can get a 500GB hard drive with built in card reader - Digital Foci Photo Safe II PST-251 500 GB

On a recent trip I just used cards. I used up 24GB of CF memory in my EOS 7D (shooting RAW+JPEG most of the time) and I didn't come close to filling an 8GB SD card in my P&S. I wasn't shooting video though. That can really eat up memory.
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klindup
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Re: Backing up cards
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2012, 04:14:42 PM »

Thanks Bob
The netbook sounds a good idea.
Ken
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Re: Backing up cards
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2012, 08:52:06 PM »

The only issue I've had with the Netbook (besides it being a little slow) is that DPP requires a minimum screen resolution to run and the Netbook screen resolution wasn't high enough. Runs fine with it connected to an external monitor and there are some tricks you can play (editing a couple of registry entries) to allow higher resolution to be set, but menus sometimes go off the screen.

DPP needs 1024x768 and my netbook is 1024x600, which I think is the usual netbook screen resolution.
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