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hello there,
Wolverine's FlashPac will allow you to transfer to a drive without a  
computer:
http://www.wolverinedata.com/

no I don't work for them,
/EL


On Sep 27, 2005, at 8:26 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:

> At 07:12 PM 9/27/2005, Steven C. Barr wrote:
>
>
>> It seems to me that another possibility might be to equip at least
>> one computer with an exchangeable/insertable disk drive, save the
>> material as digital files to a disk drive used only for that
>> purpose and use that as a backup. Since the disk drive(s) wouldn't
>> be constantly spinning, useful life might be extended considerably?
>>
>>
>
> Hi, Steve,
>
> When I'm in the field shooting pictures, I copy the CF cards to the  
> laptop AND to a LaCie tiny 40GB USB drive that is powered off the  
> USB port.
>
> I would do the same with audio. The LaCie drive lives in my camera  
> bag (which comes with me often). The computer stays buried in the  
> luggage in the car, but comes into the motel every night. It's as  
> much diversity as I can muster -- better than the film days, for sure.
>
> I think USB or FW drives are the way to go for this stuff.
>
> I don't think putting CF cards on the shelf makes any sense, and I  
> think putting MDs on the shelf makes little more sense, how will we  
> play them in 50 years? It's such a niche format.
>
> In my opinion, there are only two things better than a USB or FW  
> drive:
>   (1) A drive that has BOTH USB and FW ports
>   (2) A drive that has an Ethernet port, although that is a bit  
> more difficult to use in the field
>        but easier to use back at the ranch. It's also, at least  
> now, more expensive.
>
> While exchangeable drives are useful, I think the universality of  
> the USB/FW drives makes them a better choice for this application.  
> In fact, my two 1TB stores are made up of four 250GB drives. Two  
> are in each main LaCie Ethernet Disk and two are FW attached to  
> each Ethernet Disk. I can add a fair number of additional drives.  
> As you may have read, one of the 1TB stores is now in my  
> neighbour's basement at the end of a 100 BASE FX fibre link. He has  
> an IOMEGA 250GB Ethernet drive in my basement.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Richard
>
>
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