On Feb 27, 2007, at 8:31 AM, Yuval Levy wrote:
> I bought one of these USB-OTG HDD <http://www.look.com.cn/prod_A3.htm>
> (sorry, Chinese only) manufactured by
> <http://www.look.com.cn/index_english.htm> from eBay for 30CAD and put
> into it a 40GB HDD a couple of months after buying the 350D. It served
> me well on a few trips. <http://www.photopla.net/pano.php?id=53>
> I used it as "day-memory". In the evening I took care to download the
> images from the OTG-HDD to my notebook.
About 6 months ago I purchased a Flash-Trax unit with a 40GB HDD. I
got a great deal at a shop that was going out of bussiness, 40% of
the original cost I think.
> That "day-memory" usage has disadvantages. HDD are sensitive. I
> lost one
> (with little data) after a year. Then last summer, during my Boston
> shooting, the transfer failed. This is what got me thinking of buying
> more solid state memory (CF or SD? still undecided).
> I might consider upgrading the USB-OTG HDD capacity to 120GB so that I
> don't need to lug around a notebook anymore on multi-days trips.
> The A3
> has the advantage that it runs on four AA batteries which are
> even there where notebook power adapters are not functional.
The laptop downloading didn't really work for me either, too
complicated unless I have an assistant to do it or the time.
> > I found that if I keep using many flash cards it is (for me)
> > to keep track of which ones have been used and which ones have not.
> Latest when the camera reports CF full I know :-) Yes, it is difficult
> for me too.
> I always keep my CFs empty, i.e. in the evening I download all
> shots and
> empty them.
> I try to keep them in a pocket on the right side of my jacket and
> the full one in another pocket on the left, but I am the guy who hears
> his wife saying "turn right..." "the other, right, darling!" way too
> often. <http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/rightl.html#hands>
> So this left - right confusion kills me.
> Another trick I have tried: store the CF in individual cases with a
> piece of paper. One side of the paper is white, the other colored.
> White= empty, colored = full. Turn the paper appropriately when
> the full CF back in the case.
I solved this by the purchase of a little case that holds 4 CF cards.
It's water proof and dust resistant so it keeps them out of harms
way. When I replace the cards in the case I put them in brand label
out (these are empty, erased) when I use them I put them in the case
with rear label out (most CF cards have a white label on the back so
it's pretty easy) White out it's used, Brand label out ready to
shoot. Pretty simple and I haven't lost any images yet by using a un-
backed up card. I carry 5 2GB CF cards so most of the time I don't
need to backup to the Flash-Trax until the end of the day when I back
up to that and a portable HDD through the laptop so I now have 2
copies of the images. I got the 2GB CF cards about 5 months ago on a
job that I knew I wouldn't have the opportunity back up quickly so
have enough cards was the best idea. Shooting with a D200 I can put
about 200 images (with no loss compression) onto 2Gig cards.
Robert C. Fisher