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Moving and Storage

Moving and Storage
by Gary Woods

The iPad and a digital camera are a great combination. You can take pictures and then view them instantly on that magnificent iPad screen. But, if you're going to be traveling for a while you'll find that even that 64 gigabytes of storage can disappear quickly. With 21 megapixel Single Lens Reflex and even 12 megapixel point and shoot cameras abounding you chew up a considerable amount of RAM with every click.

One solution is the HyperDrive iPad Hard Drive which is a battery powered hard drive with media slots for Memory Stick, SD and Compact Flash cards. The device goes for $249 for the enclosure only model and when you add in the hard drive for about $100 you've got a serious amount of storage in a small space.

The HyperDrive includes a 3 inch screen that allows you to review your images after transfer, or to select specific images to transfer. It also has an easy to use interface that gives you access to the drives more advanced features.

Where it gets really cool is when you plug the HyperDrive into the iPad via the iPad Camera Connection Kit and select iPad mode on the drive. The device will then prompt you to select a folder which becomes visible to the iPad. At that point the Photos application pops up on the iPad and all of the images in that folder become visible. You can then select the ones you want to import to the iPad for closer viewing and editing

HyperDrive is a great solution for archiving your pictures on the go while still giving you a real good look at the pictures you've just taken and even doing some rudimentary editing of those photos while you're still in the field.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc