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Sep 22, 2022 02:49:43   #
Hip Coyote
 
I previously posted about the RavPower FileHub Travel Router, Model PR-WD009 as a viable way to back up photo files onto a hard drive. Some felt that a back up scheme was in unnecessary because sd cards are so reliable.

Probably true. But I am on a trip currently in Morocco (not my favorite trip. Will post on that later ). Like anywhere in the world, there is the potential for theft, destroyed equipment or loss. The greatest threat, for me, is absent minded loss! I decided to bring the RAV and use it.

The device is handy for back up with one exception. It is a dummy back up. It backs up what ever is on the sd card into a dated folder. Meaning there are duplicates backed up if you do not change sd cards. I can deal with that easily when I get back.

I have a camera with 2 sd slots. I mirror the cards. After a day or two shooting, I backed up one card to a small SSD hard drive, flipped the switch to “protect” on the sd card and stowed it in my camera bag. Once verified I reformatted the back up card in the camera to use again.

Seems to be working. All SD card remains with me on day outings. Small hard drive remains in my room.

The RAV acts as a power brick to charge small devices. Handy whilst on the road in transit to another city.

It also will tie into the local internet via wifi or cat5 cable ethernet cord ( right term?) and rebroadcast on a secure, but slower, wifi allowing the user to be safe on line. This may be the biggest advantage of the RAV if you need to pay bills or do work.

The RAV will also allow a user to broadcast something via its wifi to other users so they can watch as well. I’ve not tried this.

So, for those who want any of these features at a price less than 70 bucks it works well.

FWIIW

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Sep 22, 2022 09:47:56   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
Try creating a new subdirectory on the card each day of your trip. That helps managing duplicates. Just assign a new folder #. At least in Nikon, each one can hold up to 10k images. Make sure not to restart numbering or you get multiple images with same "name".

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Sep 22, 2022 10:06:13   #
Hip Coyote
 
Orphoto wrote:
Try creating a new subdirectory on the card each day of your trip. That helps managing duplicates. Just assign a new folder #. At least in Nikon, each one can hold up to 10k images. Make sure not to restart numbering or you get multiple images with same "name".


Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2022 09:38:28   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
It sounds like you prefer to use the automatic SD card backup feature of the WD-009 rather than the app or controlling the backup via direct connection to 10.10.10.254. See page 16 of your manual. It's the method I use and allow easy creation of receiving folders on the backup SSD or thumbdrive, then you can selectively copy and paste from the source SD to the target. I recently used this method to backup images from a 10 day tour in Germany. I did double backups from the SD card to two target drives. If you are using an iphone the "filehub" app is available in the store, which makes it even easier. However, if you own an Android phone, the app is no longer available in the Google Play Store, so the direct connection method mentioned is your only option. Bottomline, I think it's the best way for avoiding your issue.

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Sep 23, 2022 12:01:47   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
Orphoto wrote:
Try creating a new subdirectory on the card each day of your trip. That helps managing duplicates. Just assign a new folder #. At least in Nikon, each one can hold up to 10k images. Make sure not to restart numbering or you get multiple images with same "name".


I do that with my WD WiFi Passport, but I also format the card once I have everything backed up.

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Sep 23, 2022 12:51:03   #
rcarol
 
SuperflyTNT wrote:
I do that with my WD WiFi Passport, but I also format the card once I have everything backed up.


But if you format the SD card after you have backed it up to whatever backup device you are using you still have only one copy of your files which defeats the purpose of having a backup.

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Sep 23, 2022 12:58:00   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
rcarol wrote:
But if you format the SD card after you have backed it up to whatever backup device you are using you still have only one copy of your files which defeats the purpose of having a backup.


Which is why when I backup using the filehub, I create two backups, one to a thumbdrive and the other to a portable SSD.

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Sep 23, 2022 16:35:11   #
rcarol
 
47greyfox wrote:
Which is why when I backup using the filehub, I create two backups, one to a thumbdrive and the other to a portable SSD.


Great. I don'r belive you mentioned that you backed up to two devices. Hence my comment.

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Sep 23, 2022 17:25:51   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
rcarol wrote:
Great. I don'r belive you mentioned that you backed up to two devices. Hence my comment.



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Sep 23, 2022 18:23:57   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
rcarol wrote:
But if you format the SD card after you have backed it up to whatever backup device you are using you still have only one copy of your files which defeats the purpose of having a backup.


Yeah, nothing I have is that crucial. I’m not getting paid so it’s a risk I’ll take. I do it to keep my cards clear and my files organized.

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