Traveling to China, need to backup my files, any suggestions?

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phil from seattle
phil from seattle Senior Member • Posts: 3,230
Re: Traveling to China, need to backup my files, any suggestions?

nbirkett wrote:

mfinley wrote:

nbirkett wrote:

Another option that I just discovered - on my Nikon D7200, I can have the camera copy all of the images on my main SD card to a back-up SD put into the second card slot. That provides a full back-up and can be done using sd cards, that are light, small and relatively inexpensive. Of course, you need a camera with two card slots and the appropriate software.

If people have specific details on how to do the other methods, could they post the specific hardware/software that would be needed (or that they use)? It would help to more fully understand the options. Thanks.

What more would you need to know if you have a dual slot camera? That's the simplest, fastest, most secure and cheapest solution there is. Why would you go about it any other way?

Using an in camera method may be easy (since you don't need to bring other hardware) but I'm not sure about the other feature you suggest.

I wrote most of that post before I realized that my camera could do SD card copying (I added the copying paragraph as an 'edit' after my initial post).

sd cards cost more than portable USB HDD's:: about $0.40/GB compared to $0.25/GB).

I like to have back-ups on a different type of media. Likely sd cards are safe a secure. But, having the back-up on an SSD or HDD provides slightly more confidence.

[edit - Finley beat me to it by 2 minutes!]

That's a false confidence. As long as you store the backups - whatever the actual media - separately you are well ahead of the game. And, spinning media (HDD) is never as reliable as solid state (SSD or SD Cards). I'd opt for the lightest/smallest solution - SD Cards.

On the point of what's cheapest - look at minimum overall cost as well. While cost per GB of spinning media (HDD) is low, you can't buy "just enough".

Also, consider your "in-field workflow". Are you doing any editing or posting on SM? If so, think about incorporating your backup strategy into the workflow. That's why a tablet with lots of storage (1/4 TB SD card) works well for me. Even if the tablet fails, the card is still usable. Copy photos onto the tablet each evening. Review, edit and post if needed. And with a USB cable, I don't even need a reader.

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