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Gadget Bag: Portable Hard Drives

External hard drives serve as entire image libraries in the palm of your hand

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The Memorex Ultra Travel Drive has a unique shape that fits easily in the palm of your hand. The 80 GB model includes interchangeable color faceplates that allow you to customize your drive or change it for color-coding purposes. It features a built-in backup button and has a nonslip, rubberized skin that makes it stay put, even on a slick desktop. The Ultra Travel Drive includes backup and synchronization software and a USB cable, and is Mac- and PC-compatible. Estimated Street Price: $49 (80 GB).

Last summer, Verbatim, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi, acquired SmartDisk’s entire lineup of popular, über-tiny storage products. In keeping with the SmartDisk tradition of great styling in a compact package, Verbatim recently announced a Mac- and PC-compatible 500 GB SmartDisk portable drive that’s a svelte 3.4x5.4x0.6 inches and weighs less than six ounces. It gets its power through either a USB 2.0 or FireWire connection and includes BounceBack Express from CMS Products, a backup and recovery software. It’s also ready to use with Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine feature, which can back up your data to the SmartDisk drive automatically. Estimated Street Price: $150 (500 GB).

The Western Digital My Passport Essential is a 320 GB external drive that’s slightly larger than a postcard at 5.0x3.2x0.6 inches, weighs 6.3 ounces and comes in your choice of 11 eye-popping colors. It’s powered through a computer’s USB port, so no other power supply is necessary. Compatible with Windows and Mac, the drive offers 128-bit data encryption (Windows only) and includes Google software that allows you to find things quickly. The interface is Hi-Speed USB 2.0, so data transfer is fast, too. Estimated Street Price: $160.

jobo memorex

JOBO GIGA Vu extreme Memorex Ultra Travel Drive
Western Digital My
Passport Essential

Verbatim SmartDisk
Portable Viewers And Storage
One of the most popular storage viewers, the Epson P-5000 has been a favorite among photographers everywhere for years because it’s fully featured and ultrareliable, and is powered by a long-lasting rechargeable battery. The P-5000 can display over 16.7 million colors and provides Adobe RGB color space support. It features a category-leading four-inch color LCD, yet weighs less than one pound. The P-5000 is available with an 80 GB hard drive and has a pair of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports (standard and mini) and interfaces that allow you to connect to most TVs to display images, slideshows and movies. Estimated Street Price: $695.

With the JOBO GIGA Vu extreme, you get much more than a portable hard drive—it’s practically a complete multimedia studio that fits neatly in your backpack. Built-in card slots allow you to download images while in the field, so you can reformat your memory cards and keep on shooting, and the large 3.7-inch color LCD permits image review (even RAW images) at any time. Available in capacities ranging from 80 to 160 GB, the GIGA Vu extreme is a true portable media player that’s compatible with MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video files, MP3 music files, and can output images directly to most TVs. Estimated Street Price: $599 (80 GB).

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