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4.0 out of 5 stars Neat porotable hard disk/media card upgrade alternative.., 28 Oct 2003
This review is from: Vosonic X'S Drive 2, Portable Storage Device 20GB (Accessory)
I was going on holiday and needed more storage space for my digital Ixus 400 camera. I came to the conclusion I had two choices - buy a much larger flash card or archieve off my 256Mb flash card onto CD-R at the end of each day. Buying a new laptop for the latter option was a little expensive and drastic.....until I came across the Vosonic X'S Drive 2.
The concept and useage of the device is very simple. The drive has an LCD status display, an on/off button and a copy button. You plug your digital media into the drive, turn it on, and press the copy button. The Xs Drive simply copies the entire contents of the media card onto it's internal hard disk into a new uniquely numbered folder. For example Compact Flash cards are stored in a folder CF0001, CF0002, etc. My 256Mb card took a couple of minutes to copy to the hard disk.
The digital media card is left unaltered so you will have to manually delete the cards contents using you camera (or whatever).
Obviously the Xs drive can be used simply as a portable hard disk as well, and also as a media card reader - you can see the media card (as a temporary drive) directly without the need to copy the contents onto the drives Hdd (via USB).
Retrieving the information for the Hdd is very simple too. The drive has a USB 2.0 port (USB 1 compatible). Under XP you simply connect the drive to a PC and XP takes care of everything. Under Windows 98/2000 there is a small driver (provided) that needs installing before use. No great hardship and it works just fine on my 98 machine. The hard disk drive and all media slots appear as temporary drives under file manager, though working out which temp drive is which takes a few seconds!
I can't recommend this product enough. In conclusion the drive is an excellent alternative to buying digital media if you already have enough space on a card for a days photography (etc), although this isn't the only use for this drive! The drive itself is small, neatly fits into the carry case (but without room for the power adapter brick) and can easily be packed into a flight bag/rucksack. Battery life is fine for copying but I would take the multi voltage power brick as well just in case you need to recharge the internal lithium ions. The only downside is that at £190GBP it may be a tad pricey for some. I have to be honest and say that I got mine for nearly half this price (£105) in HK, which it is a bargain when compared to a £70 1/2 gig CF card. Please take this into account when reading my review.
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