Tuesday, June 19, 2007
For security and convenience, take a copy of your photo library with you
Keeping It Synced
To get the full data protection benefits of the portable drive, you need to back up your data every time you work on an image or add new photos to your files. You can do this manually by dragging folders onto the drive, although this can take a long time, even with fast data transfer rates. As an alternative, there are many software sync solutions that can monitor files and automatically update your backup drive when a file is changed or added. Whichever you choose, be diligent and sync data frequently.
SmartDisk's FireLite 100 GB drive (www.smartdisk.com) is available in both FireWire and USB 2.0 models. The magnesium alloy-clad FireLite weighs in at six ounces and measures 3.3x0.7x5.1 inches. It retails for approximately $319.
For the very style-conscious, LaCie offers the 100 GB Mobile Hard Drive (www.lacie.com), designed by F.A. Porsche. These sleek drives come in USB 2.0 and FireWire/USB 2.0 combo configurations. At 3x0.7x5 inches, it's a beautiful, compact design and weighs 7.1 ounces. The estimated street price is $279.
The Iomega Silver Series 100 GB portable hard drive (www.iomega.com) is USB only—sorry, FireWire fans. On the upside, it's a slick drive and the smallest of this bunch at 2.9x0.5x5.1 inches and 5.8 ounces in weight. You can pick one up for about $299.
Seagate's 100 GB USB 2.0 portable drive (www.seagate.com) is also USB-compatible only, and at 3.7x1x5 inches and 10.3 ounces, it's a little bigger and heavier than the competition. Byte for byte, however, it's priced right to compensate, selling for around $229.
iPod + Photos
It's the hottest personal gadget in years, and it does more than just play music. While the Apple iPod Photo (www.apple.com) is specifically geared for images with a color screen and photo review, all iPods can be used as a storage device for any file type, including your image library. With iPod capacities climbing higher and higher, you might consider using yours as a portable storage drive. At $449 for the 60 GB iPod Photo, they're much pricier on a per-gigabyte basis compared to other portable storage solutions, but you can't beat them for overall ease of use and the ability to play music, too.
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