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« on: June 04, 2017, 16:46 »
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Hi everyone,

I will be doing some remote shooting later this year for 7 days without my laptop and very limited power.  I will be shooting 3-5 thousand RAW Nikon D810 images per day (time lapse) and am looking for a portable, self powered CF card back up device. 

I have found a few, some pretty pricy and others more reasonable.  Aside from Flash Porter (a Kickstarter project) and Nexto I have been reading about this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1191268-REG/sanho_shdcsudma32tb_2tb_colorspace_udma_3.html

There is also this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1277930-REG/nexto_di_nesv_nvs28012th_nvs2801_video_storage_doc.html

I had a question about FAT 32 only back up.  Since I have a 32 GIG max partition how would a device like this manage a data dump of 128 gigs from my card? Odds are I will fill up or closely fill up a card each shoot, especially my holy grail shooting. 

If anyone can educate me on the limitations of a FAT 32 system I would appreciate it. Also, if you have any other ideas for LARGE file back-up in remote areas that would also be welcome. I've done quite a bit of searching and the IPAD/Android route that is discussed just isn't the right way for the amount of stills and video I will be shooting.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.



« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 17:20 »
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I've been through various solutions over the years for shooting in remote locations where power is non-existent and have come to the conclusion that a massive stack of SD cards and a big bag of batteries is the easiest, most fool proof method. Don't bother with CF cards any more, SD cards are now fast enough and much cheaper and smaller. If you travel on a plane, take care of how you transport lots of batteries. I've had hundreds of dollars of batteries confiscated from hold baggage before now.

« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 17:37 »
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I've been through various solutions over the years for shooting in remote locations where power is non-existent and have come to the conclusion that a massive stack of SD cards and a big bag of batteries is the easiest, most fool proof method. Don't bother with CF cards any more, SD cards are now fast enough and much cheaper and smaller. If you travel on a plane, take care of how you transport lots of batteries. I've had hundreds of dollars of batteries confiscated from hold baggage before now.

Yea that was my other choice.  I have the juice just need the cards.  It's definitely the lightest solution for sure.

« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 18:26 »
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May I suggest a much cheaper solution. I now mostly shoot video at 100 Mbps with a Sony A 6300. When in need and lack of laptop, I transfer as follows: with a Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 (there's a newer model available - MobileLite Wireless G3 at http://www.kingston.com/en/wireless/wireless_readers/mlwg3) One slot takes the camera SD Memory and the other, the USB slot, an NTFS formatted USB stick. You can use a remote interface to transfer - from or to - Android and IOS devices. Since MobileLite G2 (or G3) doubles as a power bank, you can use a CF adapter but the limitation is the other end would still have to be an SDHC card. Then again, you probably have some spare cards to backup. I have not tested if this scenario works with a portable HDD, copying from SDHC to HDD. There is also a micro USB slot that someone might know if it can accept a CF adaptor. Probably not exactly what you were looking for, but it might be an alternative.


« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2017, 10:38 »
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I've been looking for a good backup solution to use without a laptop and came across this one a few days ago:  https://www.gnarbox.com/
Looks good and has great reviews.

« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2017, 11:08 »
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https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-pro.html something like this?  Or maybe http://www.verbatim.com/prod/accessories/wireless-streaming/mediashare-wireless/


This seems like the perfect solution no?

I had a device like this all the way back in 2003 that took all kinds of memory cards, but cost well over $1,000.

I would assume technology has advanced quite a bit these last 14 years with more reasonable prices.

« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2017, 15:40 »
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On the FAT32 issue - the partition size limitation is a relatively recent thing. I think Microsoft wanted everyone to switch to NTFS, so they restricted Windows from creating partitions larger than 32 gigs in FAT32. It's an artificial limitation that you can overcome if you use a different program to format the drive.

« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2017, 19:57 »
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I've been looking for a good backup solution to use without a laptop and came across this one a few days ago:  https://www.gnarbox.com/
Looks good and has great reviews.

I need something bigger. I saw that and it looked reasonable. I tried to find a larger storage version but couldn't find one. 

« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2017, 20:06 »
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https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-pro.html something like this?  Or maybe http://www.verbatim.com/prod/accessories/wireless-streaming/mediashare-wireless/


I did see this but brushed past it initially, but I just downloaded the user manual and it does pretty much anything I want. 

« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2017, 21:59 »
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https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-pro.html something like this?  Or maybe http://www.verbatim.com/prod/accessories/wireless-streaming/mediashare-wireless/


I did see this but brushed past it initially, but I just downloaded the user manual and it does pretty much anything I want.

Yeah it looks really good, I used the verbatim and a wireless hd before (I think that was the setup) but it was really slow at transferring files (CF cards), the WD looks great with a USB 3.0.  I think I'm going to pick one up.  I've looked for tablets with 2 USBs and used a cheap netbook with 2 USBs but it was slow.


 

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