deletedpenguin wrote in post #7724992
That's great to hear! I'm looking into a newer version for my travels later this year. Would you recommend this?
If you want to backup your photos, you should get a backup device designed specifically to keep photos safe. Some people prefer netbooks but my personal opinion is that there is too much that can go wrong with a netbook. What happens when there's a "fatal error" or other PC malfunction in Windows XP or Vista on your netbook, or someone sits on your pack (or a porter throws it into the belly of a plane, or the trunk of a taxi) and the netbook's screen the screen cracks, rendering the entire device non-functional? Same thing for mp3 playing photo storage devices; extra "features" simply introduce complexity and potential for error that distracts from the primary goal of backing up your photos.
Have two (2) copies of your photos. DO NOT IGNORE THIS PIECE OF ADVICE. The hyperdrive is fantastic, but the device itself will not protect you from a hard drive failure. When you're traveling around, the drive is going to be subject to vibration from cars (think photo backpack in the trunk of a car, motorcycle taxi, hiking, high altitude (which places major stress on a drive and batteries), cold or hot weather, or other unforeseen circumstances that your traveling adventures will bestow upon your drive). Personally, I suffered a hard drive failure. The drive made it perfectly fine through 6 weeks in S. America, multi-day expeditions into the Amazon basin, canyons, getting altitude sickness and lost overnight in the Andes, being robbed three times, interrogated by military, etc. I had no backup device and I could not believe the drive actually made it back home to the US just fine; that is, until the drive started the click of death (CLICK, CLICK, CLICK) while I was sitting at my desktop computer. I had downloaded only 25% of the 80GB of photos. A data recovery service quoted $120 flat rate just to look at the drive and provide a recovery estimate, and later told to expect it to cost around $500. How much are your photos worth to you? For me, more than $500. I just wish I spent that $$ on another backup Hyperdrive rather than dishing it out to a recovery service. What happens when your pack gets stolen? I'm lucky I even have the opportunity to spend money to get my photos back. Keep in mind, a drive failure can happen anywhere. A brand new western digital drive failed in my desktop computer last week after loading only 40GB of data into it. It wasn't even flown on a plane, or placed in a taxi, etc.
Evaluate your needs and priorities and tailor your storage solution to fit them. Think about what type of trip you are taking, what your potential needs are in the future, the value you place in your photos, the purpose and priorities of your trip, how much or how little gear you are taking, what environment(s) you may find yourself in, etc. The Hyperdrive is the safest and most "portable" and reliable (IMO) solution on the market, but perhaps you should go with another device that suits your needs such as a netbook for backup. While I did mention that a netbook would offer less protection than a hyperdrive, it could serve as a backup, and protect you from theft or lost baggage if you keep each backup solution in a different location (ie. hyperdrive on your person at all times, netbook stays in hostel/hotel room while you are in the field or on a multi-day trip from your base location, etc).
Back to my original post, I think that with the customer support to back you up, the decision is obvious for me. For my next trip I'll be using my older Hyperdrive HD80 (can be had for fairly cheap if you buy it used) along with the newer Hyperdrive UDMA for both my backup and primary storage solutions (respectively).