Thanks For The Memories -4 Ways To Take It With You

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It wasn’t all that long ago that getting one terrabyte of storage was prohibitively expensive.  And big.  External drives took up about as much space on your desktop as the Gideon Bible.  But the price of memory has plunged, while the amount of storage has almost exploded and the size of memory devices has been shrinking.  That’s a good thing too.  Just think about how much of our lives has moved onto digital media.  Shoeboxes of photographs have become countless gigabits of uncatalogued digital photographs.  Our vinyl records, eight track tapes, and CD’s are now in MP3”s or Hi Res music files.  There are other trends at work as well.  How many of us now have huge video libraries?  Those video files rapidly consumer hundreds of megabytes.  And the amount of storage on tablets, notebooks, and especially Chromebooks hasn’t kept up with the demand for storage.  We found five devices that are indicative of the new trend in portable storage that will allow us to take our libraries of videos, music, and photographs, not to mention documents, wherever we go to use on almost whatever device we want.  Memory comes in several shapes and many sizes.  We’re all familiar with so-called thumb drives.  Well, you can now get a quarter or a terrabyte on a single flash drive.

lexar jumpThumb Drives (USB Sticks) – The Lexar S75 Jump Drive – It still seems amazing to me that they can squeeze 256 GB of memory on a portable USB stick.  This drive uses USB 3.0 for much faster data transfer, something you’ll really appreciate if you’re moving movies or your music library.  With the S75 you can now put your entire music library in your pocket. Price on the Lexar website is  $207.

 

SanDisk SD and Micro SD cards – SD cards are still the standard size for most DSLR cameras and many video cameras.  The biggest we’ve 512gbseen is the 512GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDXC U3 Memory Card.  This half terabyte monster is designed to capture the new 4K video format.  It may well be more than any amateur photographer will ever need, and it carries a hefty pricetag, roughly $500.  But think back to the days when you vacationed and came back with dozens of rolls of 35mm film that all needed to be developed and printed.  Now you can go away for weeks and just take this one card with you.

 

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Micro SD cards, which are miniature versions of the full sized SD card are now the standard for some laptops, many tablets, and most action cameras.  The biggest we’ve heard of is a new 200GB card announced by Sandisk in March of this year, The card will hold roughly 2o hours of Full HD video. It should be hitting the store shelves shortly for a price of $400.  Til then, the biggest micro SD card that’s generally available is 128GB from several manufacturers for under $100.

 

slimPortable plug in external drivesSeagate’s BackUp Plus delivers 2 terabytes of memory in a package that’s about half the thickness of a deck of playing cards.  This pocket size portable comes in several colors for just about $100.  At 2TB, it’s large enough to carry your library of just about everything.  It uses USB 3.0 for fast transfer.  It’s ideal if you want to take a huge video library on the road, or store the contents of you desktop computer in a safe deposit box.  It also comes in handy if you’re traveling with something like a Chromebook and you don’t have your entire world stored in the cloud.

MyPassport_Wireless_2TB_upper_left_HigRes_250Wireless portable storage.  WD My Passport Wireless – The other big player in portable external storage, Western Digital, has a portable wireless drive that uses Wi-Fi to transfer data.  Storage sizes run up to 2TB at just about $200.  It has a built-in SD card slot so you can  transfer photos in the field.  And while most portable storage devices rely on power from the USB port, the My Passport Wireless has a built-in rechargeable battery.

 

 

 

 

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Gary is an award-winning journalist who has been covering technology since IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. Beginning at NBC News, then at ABC News, Ziff Davis, CNN, and Fox Business Network. Kaye has a history of “firsts”. He was the first to bring a network television crew to the Comdex Computer Show, the first technology producer on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, the first to produce live coverage of the Solar Power International Conference, and the creator of the Fox Business Network signature series, “Three Days In The Valley”. Along the way he created the History Channel Multimedia Classroom. He has been a contributor to both AARP’s website and to AARP radio, as well as to a handful of other print and web-based publications where he specializes in issues involving boomers/seniors and technology. He has been a featured speaker and moderator at industry events such as the Silvers Summit and Lifelong Tech Conferences at CES, the M-Enabling Health Summit, and the What’s Next Baby Boomer Business Summit. His column, “Technology Through Our Eyes” appears in half a dozen newspapers and websites across the country.

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