A crazy photographer like me must have this gear – DigiMate III – digital photo storage. You can have any type of digital photo storage you like. It will be a great tool when you travel as you might not have enough memory cards to store all your photographs. However, you can store up to 160GB of photograph by using it.
Why it is important to have it? You might have 1 or 2 memory cards (2 to 4GB each card) with you when you travel. However, you can store up to 160GB (or more) with digital photo storage. All you need to do is transfer files from memory card into the digital photo storage. It has build-in battery and 2.5″ hard drive. Therefore, you can copy your files wherever you like. Just delete the memory card content after copied. You will have a blank memory card to take more photos again and again… It is a must bring along when I go out to take photograph.
Besides being digital photo storage, it is a memory card reader and portable hard drive too. I brought it from Shenzhen, China. Therefore, I suspect it is a China version of DigiMate III. Anyway, as long as it can perform its tasks == I am happy.
Support HDD : 20GB – 160GB
Weight : 145g, 245 with 2.5″ HDD
Power supply : Internal 3.7V lithium-ion battery (1350mAh), External 100-240V AC adapter
Files system : FAT16/32, support Unicode
USB transfer rate : UDMA mode, 24.5MBps using Samsung 5400rpm/8M HDD
Data transfer rate : memory card to HDD = 2 to 5.5MBps (card dependence)
Supporting memory card : CF, SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD, SDHC, MicroSD, MiniSD, MS Duo and more…
Supporting OS : Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Linux ver 2.4, MAC OS 9.0 or above
The package includes DigiMate III, user guide, CD-ROM disk with Windows 98SE device drive, USB cable, AC adapter, Soft Carrying Case, screws and screw driver.
I did not get the exact transfer rate as per specification. I used Transcend CompatFlash 2GB 120X memory card, my old 10GB 2.5″ HDD and 500MB files as benchmark. I got only 4.8MB/s when transfer from memory card to DigiMate III, 6.3MB/s from HDD to PC and 5.7MB/s from memory card to PC.
As a result, I am happy with DigiMate III as it does its task properly.