SD card to SD card transfer?

John Olstad jtolstad at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 12 01:55:30 UTC 2010

Hi all,

Agree with Ric (Hi Ric!), netbook with solar charger

I'm leaving next month for a between 6 and 9-month fieldwork trip to a
remote atoll with no access to electricity whatsoever.  Even this situation
is not a no-laptop fieldwork situation.  I'm using the lenovo x201s which is
a fully-powered laptop with a 12-hour battery.  My electronics are all
charged by a car battery that is kept topped up by solar panels.  There are
also cheaper laptops by ASUS that have 11-hour batteries.

That might sound like a cumbersome set-up, but I'm telling you it works and
I'm not one of the first ones to do it by a longshot:)

Flash cards are pretty resilient (DOA or last forever so make sure to test
beforehand), but if you are really worried about it failing, you could
record to magnetic tape (i.e. cassette tape).

Good luck,
John Olstad

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM, Xavier Barker <
meibitobure.gaunibwe at> wrote:

> Did this go through?
> Hi Andrea,
> There are indeed SD card duplicators.  Depending on your volume, you might
> want to look at  If you're only doing
> 1-to-1 duplication, you might be best off finding a USB bridge which will
> let you back up SD cards (and other flash memory types) straight onto a USB
> device.  The USB device might be a series of flash devices or it might be a
> solid-state HDD in a ruggedised external enclosure.   THe difference is that
> the duplicator is at about $7000, the USB bridge is about $30.  There was,
> about 5 years ago, a portable SD cloning device from Panasonic but I'm not
> sure it made it to market.  You can then get small Pelican cases to
> weatherproof and shockproof everything.
> Cheers,
> Xavier
> On 12/10/2010, at 8:28 AM, Andrea L. Berez wrote:
> Hello list,
> I am investigating options for transferring data from one SD card to
> another without the use of a computer intermediary (think no-laptop
> fieldwork). There must be some small device that can both read from and
> write to SD cards. Any recommendations, or barring such a device, and
> suggestions for work-arounds?
> Best to all,
> Andrea
> -----------------------------
> Andrea Berez
> PhD candidate, Dept. of Linguistics
> University of California, Santa Barbara
> <>
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