SD card to SD card transfer?

Jeremy Hammond Jeremy.Hammond at MPI.NL
Tue Oct 12 08:25:37 UTC 2010

I too think that a laptop just for backup is a bit silly, but since it has many other uses then it might be a good addition for the field-kit.

Just to add in another contender, comes in a variety of sizes, does CF and SD, supports raw files (if you are doing video this might be important), has a 2.5" screen for viewing photos/filenames etc and is pretty quick (it claims 2GB per min) and you get ~250GB per charge. And with the US$ being so rubbish at the moment, this is much better value for Australian buyers.

Plus if you are interested in remote Mac power check out the hypermac from the same guys. 

I haven't yet tried it myself but it is on the wishlist.



Jeremy Hammond
Syntax, Typology and Information Structure Group
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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On 12/10/2010, at 4:07 AM, Aidan Wilson wrote:

> 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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