Travel Tuesday: Hard Drives on the Road

The one thing a traveling photographer can never have too much of is hard drive space. On the road, I usually take my MacBook Pro laptop but store image files on an external hard drive, such as a Western Digital‘s My Passport Studio drive. When I get back to my office, I just plug the drive into my desktop computer and go to work with less fuss than trying to synch my computer to some other kind of devise. The My Passport Studio drives feature super-fast FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces and have a customizable e-label that’s visible, even when the drive is unplugged. Sporting a sleek Porsche-like design, My Passport Studio drives are formatted for Mac OS computers, compatible with Apple’s TimeMachine software, and offer automatic and continuous backup with WD’s SmartWare software and 256-bit hardware-based encryption to keep image data secure. My Passport Studio drives are available in different capacities and the 500GB version costs less than $120. There’s even a three-year limited warranty.

I keep a 640GB My Passport Studio drive in a Lowepro Volta 30 pouch that was originally designed for a compact point-and-shoot camera, battery and extra memory but its specifications say its ideal for small digital device and it is. The Volta 30 pouch has a streamlined profile and is crafted from thick molded foam to protect the drive from bumps and abrasion but there’s no room in the interior for USB and FireWire cables. If you want that, look for a larger case. The Volta pouch is lined with soft tricot to protect the drive’s LCD screen and has smooth-operating dual zippers to provide easy access, plus security. There’s even a belt loop for an additional albeit geeky carrying option.

Author: Joe Farace

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