SD card to SD card transfer?

Aidan Wilson aidan.wilson at SYDNEY.EDU.AU
Tue Oct 12 02:07:19 UTC 2010

cnyTaking a laptop just to act as a backup mule is lunacy! This of the extra 
weight, cables and all the rest of it. The portable backup solution that 
someone posted a link to earlier is a great solution. We used another version 
of the same thing about a year or two back at paradisec. It's powered by AA 
batteries and uses very little power anyway. It has a small LED screen that you 
use to navigate to the files you want to backup and it just does it. I think 
the one we used had a couple of slots for SD and CF cards, or you could attach 
a small SD card reader via USB.

I can't remember what it was called... I think it had XD in the name.

Aidan Wilson

Department of Linguistics
The University of Melbourne
a.wilson at

On Tue, 12 Oct 2010, John Olstad wrote:

> 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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