Suitable storage for photo backup

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  1. Drifter

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    Hi, I'm thinking about buying an iPad 2 to take on a trip. Among other things I'd want to use it to store photos I'll be taking with a digital camera. I gather I can buy an Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit and use that to read the SD card from my camera.

    It's important to me to have a backup of the photos. At first I was thinking of bringing an external 500GB USB drive to back up to. However, the small Transcend drive that I have needs to be plugged in to two USB ports at once to supply the power it needs -- so I gather that rules it out for the iPad.

    Is there a reasonable-priced storage device in the 64GB size range or larger that will work with the iPad 2 that I'd be able to back up photos or other files to? It would need to be something attachable to the iPad via a hardware connection, not network-connected.
     
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    iTunes is the most sanitary medium for backing up your pad. I suppose cost is relevant to peace of mind and reliability. There are other options but that's my primary method along with DropBox.
     
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    Thanks. The Hyperdrives look nice, but spendy for what I had in mind -- don't need anything with a display.

    Re iTunes, I'd use that at home, but I'm talking about doing backups on a trip when I won't be carrying other devices except my iPad and a camera.

    There aren't any relatively high-capacity thumb drives that can work with an iPad?
     
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    I took a Wolverine PSD as my backup when I went to Africa several years ago - less pricey than a Hyperdrive, I believe.

    Thumbdrives won't work b/c the iPad has no USB port.

    Another option is to just take more memory cards as backup, since they've gotten cheaper all the time.
     
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    Yes, one option that had occurred to me was to take some higher-capacity SD cards to use as a backup. Is there anything I should know about what will and won't work with an iPad? I'd hate to buy a really high-capacity SD card and then find that it won't fly with the iPad.
     
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    I have the connector kit, but my main cameras use CF cards, so I haven't tried SD cards with my iPad yet - and I don't have any high-capacity SD cards b/c only my point-and-shoot uses them.
     
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    If you are shooting in jpeg copy them to the iPad then upload them to Flickr. If you are shooting in RAW your options are very limited with the iPad.
     
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    Think it through.
    Ipads come in 16, 32 and 64GB sizes. You loose space for the OS and Apps.
    If you have a 64GB SD card that's full the contents won't actually fit onto ANY iPad regardless of the model.
     
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    There's an iPad app for the "front-end" editing of RAW files (sorting, re-naming, rating, etc.) that synchs with Lightroom, called Photosmith. It's pretty new, and I haven't used it yet, but it's one of the reasons I finally got an iPad2, since I shoot in RAW.
     

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