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Old 09-27-2008, 10:17 PM   #18
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Why are you plugging the camera in directly?? That's why the powers that be have made card readers...'-}}
I never plug in my camera directly! As a traveler, I have provided myself with multiple options: My major one is my Vosonic image tank with 80GB HD. It's robust, has a hard carrying case, and can read all known types of image cards; transfer is fast. I also have two little USB-stick format card readers, one specific for the memory cards my camera uses, and one cheapo 'general' one that takes a number of other cards (like those in my phone which after all also has a camera!)

The image tank is "tank" and backup at the same time: all my electronic images go there, even if I have to put them back later. Once images are safely transferred (I check), the memory card is erased (in the camera). I even do this at home, so I have a consistent naming and numbering system, before next plugging in the image tank into my PC which detects it as an external device with a number of drives: one for each slot plus the internal HD. Then I copy the new folders to one of my external hard drives.

From there I open them for further processing, saving local copies until I'm done and those go back to the external drive as well.

So far, this system has worked flawlessly for me, and the 80GB HD isn't full yet (I also have some music on there to listen to on the road). Of course it is an extra piece of hardware to carry, but on long trips it ultimately works out cheaper (and more reliable) than having to buy a lot of memory cards, plus I can listen to music or show my images to others without using my camera or depleting its battery.

   
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