My previous post in the gear section made a big deal about tripods. Placing thousands of dollars worth of equipment on something that isn’t stable is like foregoing insurance for a Ferrari. You might as well just roll your camera down the mountain yourself. Okay, so I am exaggerating a little just to illustrate my point a tad better but there is something much worse than not having a good tripod. That is, not backing up your work.
Imagine having just returned from your awesome $20,000 trip where you had amazing weather and conditions to take some fantastic shots with your $20,000 worth of camera equipment. So just humor me a little and lets pretend that the value of those photos (at least to you personally) is $40,000 because that was the cost you paid to acquire them. You load them into your computer and for the next few weeks you are having a blast sorting through your photos and editing the cream of the crop. Then your machine explodes and you lose everything. Now I don’t know about you but I don’t think an experience like that would come with any positive feelings attached to it. Create backups for everything and have multiple layers of redundancy if you are serious about preserving your work and your memories. Even if you plan on doing the same trip again the conditions, people and various other elements will never be the same.
Now if you have a mix of hard drives (2.5″, 3.5″ SSD with SATA I, II, or III) you can get a universal docking station that will really help you move or consolidate your files to a main server or digital storage solution. Basically, what this docking station does, is it takes any one of those drives and creates it into a plug and play USB storage device.
Here is one I just picked up today. I am not being paid to advertise for this company. In fact, today is the first time I heard of Thermaltake when I went to browse around my local electronics store but so far everything is working really smoothly and the USB 3.0 is quick. If I will have issued with the unit later on I will make sure to post them for your convenience.
Photo taken with a Note 2 :(… sorry:
As far as installation goes, you plug the unit into an outlet, run the supplied USB 3.0 cable to your computer and press the big shiny blue button. If you have a hard drive inserted into the unit, your computer (Mac and PC compatible) will automatically detect it and install the necessary drivers. These units are also available with additional hard drive slots. Compared to hard drive enclosures, I much prefer the plug and play nature of this option.
Bottom line, regardless of which method you chose, always backup your files :)!
As always, thank you for reading!