In part 1, I discussed the requirements for a reliable backup solution whilst out shooting in remote environments. The best option that presented itself to me was to utilise a HyperDrive Colorspace / iPad memory card backup device (you can buy either from HyperShop). I bought the ‘case only’ version so that I could fit an SSD (an option that isn’t available direct from HyperShop).
Samsung kindly supplied me with one of their latest SSD models, the 256GB 830. You can read in-depth reviews of the drive here, here and here. I’m not going to go into details (check the reviews if you want full analysis and specs) but suffice to say it’s ruggedly built, lightweight and fast.
It’s pretty slim too…
Installation was straightforward, using the supplied screwdriver the back is removed from the HyperDrive exposing the battery and drive compartment:
Simply slot the SSD in to the SATA / power connector, replace the back cover and you’re good to go.
Booting up the HyperDrive Colorspace, the SSD should be detected during this process, it’ll prompt to format the drive. Once done, it presents the main interface and navigation is via a 4-way controller (there are also buttons for: enter, menu, exit, zoom in and zoom out):
A breakdown of the available operations is available here.
The basic workflow is pretty simple: insert card, select Import All if it’s the first import, otherwise Import New. Wait. Done! You can browse stored photos (RAW & JPEG support), viewing histograms and EXIF data as well.
I’m really looking forward to using this out and about to see how it performs. As mentioned in my previous post, this drive will often be used in cold and high places, along with being thrown around in my rucksack, which is where the SSD will really come into its own. No more risk of write errors or drive damage due to shock, no altitude limitations and a much greater range of operational temperatures.
Lots more on this when I return from my March / April trip to the Swedish Arctic!