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Photo back up - no laptop or internet.

Hi,

I hope I've not missed an obvious thread on this.

I'm off to iceland on a cycling trip later this year and am looking for a way to back up my photos. I'll be cycling in the interior and am not expecting to see many internet caf├ęs. Neither will I have a laptop with me.

I'd like to back up the pictures I take onto some other form of storage, just so if I lose my camera, I don't lose all my pictures.

I did wonder if I could copy the best of my pictures onto the mini-sd in my phone (a HTC wildfire) via a SD reader and mini usb cable, but can't find anything on the internet about doing this.

Being on a push-bike I won't have a power source, and it needs to be a light and robust solution.

Any ideas?

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The obvious solution is to buy a heap of SD cards(or whatever media your camera uses) take enough for one card per day, they will not take up much space and are very robust. Not a cheap option, but a 2GB SDcard is not that expensive.

Then, if you require backup to that, you can buy HDD's which read the cards and copy the data across. and as long as you don't delete as you copy, you have a good storage option and a good backup system

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Sadly your Wildfire S won't act as a USB-host you'll need something newer running Ice-Cream Sandwich, like the Samsung Galaxy Note or S3 or the HTC One S or X. With those you can plug a card reader into the micro-SD slot, and copy across. Best thing is probably to do as suggested, get a load of cheap memory cards and change every day.
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Thanks folks, the multiple SD cards thing is probably what I'll do. Thanks for the tip on portable HDDs.

I've only found one so far, but it's pretty expensive and I'd need to order from the states:

Digital Foci: Photo Safe II Portable Picture Storage

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Memory cards are close to indestructible, or at least they used to be (story goes about a camera which was more or less trased in an airplane crash, but the memory cards was readable - it was a CF card).

Even that I now travel with a notebook I still carry enough memory cards so that I don't have to format anything until I get home and have at least one backup of my photos. I kind of trust them more than a harddrive/ssd.

But do buy branded cards, like Lexar or the like, as they tend to survive misuse better.

Another option you have is to get an iPod classic and the memory card connector.... if you can find a working combination. There is a working adapter for the iPad but that is kind of biggish to drag around.

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A note of caution on the ipod storage, it modifies the photos, so if you want original data, this is not a good option as backup, but if all else has failed, at least you will have something
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Apotop Wi-Reader

This is the best solution I've come up with as of mid 2013.

Basically you put the SD card from your camera into this device - it then broadcasts your images wirelessly and using a Phone / tablet browser, you can find the images and save them to the Hard drive. It works flawlessly on my iPhone and Blackberry Playbook tablet. RAW files do take a long time to come through. Obviously you need to take a tablet with you.

Good luck. Oh and I am not associated with them in anyway at all.
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I think what you are looking for is a portable photo storage bank

Have a look at this go to:::http://www.amazon.co.uk/Smartdisk-Ph.../dp/B000FAM7PQ.

If you are travelling and with plenty of knocks then look for a solid state storage rather than HD as they can fail where as solid state has no moving parts so should survive a hard life.
The last resort is to use multiple memory cards as other members have suggested although they can get lost easily due to there small size.
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