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Jim Bullard

I bought a FlashTrax back when they were popular. Never used it much. I figured out that it was just as cheap to carry extra cards. I've yet to have a card go bad and if they do... well, I'm not out as many photos as if the hard drive backup device went bad with all of my photos on it. I suppose if you kept them on the cards too that would be insurance.

Bob Munro

Just returned from 5 weeks in Japan myself. Took two 750 gig USB drives (Western Digital My Passports) and a Macbook. SD cards used were 4 gigs - I had 8 of them but only managed to fill 3 on one day. Every night, as a ritual, I downloaded each day's images via LR with general keywording to each drive and the Macbook. Three copies of every image and when travelling each kept in separate luggage items. This is fine if you want to carry the laptop firstly, and secondly have the ability to keep it charged up. It worked for me - and the nightly ritual turned out to be a pleasant reflection of the days events.
With regard to the Nexto, I think they are great but I would still worry about only having one copy of my images. Using them in the field UNTIL I got back at night and the ritual thereby ensuring I had a backup as soon as a card was full - now that's a thought (maybe the one you were having anyway!).


I'm on the virge of getting one of these


out of shear paranoia - When I travel I take the MacBook Pro, and multiple external drives and it never seems like enough :)

David myers

Brooks, my approach while traveling in Italy was to backup to a hyperdrive each night and when an sd card was somewhat full, I put it aside in a different bag, thus, giving me the sd card and the backup on the hyperdrive with images.

As an aside, given so much digital, I double bagged the drive in ziplock freezer bags, just in case. Next trip, I wil keep the sd cards in waterproof carriers once they are used. These are all inexpensive compared to the cost of the trip!

Aleksei Saunders

Just be careful with the Nexto - I love(d) mine but a 1' drop off a coffee table in Madagascar ruined the hard-drive. Some images and video were salvageable; some not.
I'm replacing the internal drive as they are a handy tool for extended trips.

Travel safe Brooks.

Mike Mundy

Um, let's see.

When I was shooting film, what kind of backup procedure did I use? Ah, that's right . . . I didn't have a backup procedure. I just brought the film home and processed it.

Brooks Jensen

I've told this embarrassing story on myself elsewhere, but it's worth repeating. When I went to Japan in 1990 with my view camera, I also took my trusty Pentax 1-degree, Picker-modified spot meter. I'd owned and used this meter for a year and it was simply fantastic. Unbeknown to me, however, somehow in the journey to Japan it went wonky. Since I trusted it, I never questioned the readings it gave me — which were all 5-7 stops overexposed. The entire trip was a total loss except for the images I did quickly without the meter, using instead the "sunny 16" rule. Why I never noticed the corrupt data the thing was giving me, I'll never know. Blind trust, I guess, but stupid blind trust nonetheless. Needless to say, the ability to check images in the field (Lightroom/laptop/histograms/chimping) and to create digital backups in the field to insure against data corruption, both are tools I now treasure. Lessons learned the hard way.


Your idea makes more and more sense and price continues to go down. But the high speed cards are still pricey. I bought this recently - HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA casing and Western Digital 750GB hard drive. They work great together. So easy to assemble. Highly recommended.



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