Saving Pictures during Travels

Hyperdrive Backup device for images

Saving Pictures during Travels


What more important for the photographer than to have the images kept safely, and if possible, on more than one storage?

I have several ways of backing up my image files when travelling. They immediately get placed in files on my notebook computer.  I then copy them to another portable external hard drive. Once I would burn them on DVD as well, but I don’t do that any longer.

HyperDrive and Nikon Camera

I’ve recently added a wonderful new toy to my backup equipment, the Sanho HyperDrive Colorspace UDMA2. This is the ultimate backup and viewer tool for any photographer. First of all, it’s completely independent, no need for your computer. So if you don’t want to bring your heavy computer to the field or if it breaks during the trip (it happened to me), this pocket tool allows you complete independence. It has its own screen to preview the images, but it’s also possible to see them remotely, either on your smartphone or on your tablet, thanks to the HyperDrive Wi-Fi connection.

The device is small, can fit in a pocket. It backs-up very fast (28MBytes/s) and is compatible with most memory cards on the market. It reads the RAW files and sows them on its screen. It is also energy autonomous.  I’m very happy with this tool; it’s always with me when I shoot:  during big diving trips or for any short “dry” adventure.

My photo lab here on the left side, while I was on the live-aboard in Papua New Guinea, in 2005. If back there, I would have had the Hyperdrive, my luggage would have been much lighter and my room would not have been such a mess.

Several hard-drives are available with the device, from 160GB up to 1GB. I personally bought the Sahno HyperDrive case only because I had a hard-drive to install in it.

When back home, at my desk, I drop all the files on a network hard drive array (dual hard drives mirrored) and on two other separate hard drives. I still don’t work too much with any cloud but it’s another good way to keep the files.

Sanho HyperDrive COLORSPACE UDMA2 Multimedia Player / Storage Device

Storage Capacity 160GB, 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1TB
Hard Drive Supports any 0.4″ / 9.5 mm-thick, 2.5″ / 63.5 mm SATA ATA-5 hard drive
Data Transfer Rate Maximum Backup Speed: 66 MB/s
Typical Backup Speed: 28 MB/s
Maximum USB: 60 MB/s
Typical USB: 32 MB/s
Compatible Memory Cards CompactFlash Type I (CF)
MultiMedia Cards (MMC)
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Mode via UDMA66
USB 1.1 backward compatible
(USB OTG Adapter sold separately)
File Formats JPEG
Canon CR2 / CRW
Nikon NEF
Olympus ORF
Panasonic RAW
Pentax PEF
Verification Hardware based CRC checksum data verifier
LCD Display 3.5″ TFT Color LCD (QVGA 320 x 480 resolution)
File System Hard Drive: FAT32
Memory Card: FAT16 / 32
WiFi Connectivity 802.11 b / g / n
(Supports Ad-hoc and infrastructure modes)
Battery Life (approx.) Importing photos: 120 min
Photo playback: 180 min
Dimensions 5.3 x 3 x 1″ / 134 x 75 x 26 mm
Weight 10.3 oz / 292 g



Backup drives and devices are quite inexpensive and so important for every photographer. If there is one thing you should not try to save your money for, it’s this. If you’re still not equipped properly to save your images, take the opportunity of your birthday, Christmas or any other event to ask for a backup device as a gift. It’s a great investment, you won’t regret it!


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