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    Anyone using the iPod as a Digital Photo Storage? Heard that there is a new Belkin Media Reader that transfer files via Firewire speed (300kbps).

    Opinions on the transfer speed, battery life and stability are appreciated !

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    Also heard that the battery will be drained 1st B4 your 1GB has finished transfered.

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    battery runs out so fast??

    still considering of getting I-pod or creative nomad 60GB for storage

    so anyone any suggestions for huge portable storage??

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    Quote Originally Posted by AReality
    Also heard that the battery will be drained 1st B4 your 1GB has finished transfered.
    Is it that bad? I heard that it can play about 4 hours of music before the batt runs out.

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    Just to add... Belkin just introduced the new Firewall media reader. It replaces the old USB reader. So the transfer speed should be faster (in theory), rite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapman
    Just to add... Belkin just introduced the new Firewall media reader. It replaces the old USB reader. So the transfer speed should be faster (in theory), rite?
    Not sure about the firewire one, but the original media reader that transfers CF to the IPOD's harddisk is very badly done. It's so slow that it takes hours to finish a big transfer. The harddisk spins continously, and so the battery goes flat before your big transfer is complete. There is no status indicator, so its impossible to know whether your transfer succeeded or not. I would avoid it.

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    hmm..... that's badz considering that the IPOD is supposed to last for 4 - 6 hours.

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    well, 1st and 2nd Generation iPod battery lasts up to 10 hours for music playing. Personally tested my (2nd Gen), and it can last 10 hours.

    Anyway, 3rd Gen iPod battery can last up to 8 hours due to the smaller battery used. No idea how long will be battery last if used with the media reader, you can always Google for reviews. Last i heard that the performance aren't that great.

    Belkin Media Reader

    There is another type of device from Belkin that allows you to copy your pictures to your 3G iPod. It requires USB connection from your camera to the device and the device will be connected to iPod as well.

    Belkin Digital Camera Link

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseytan
    Yup, that's the firewire reader. Also, verified the specification of the iPod (3rd Gen) to be 8 hours !

    Has anyone tried the Firewire Media Reader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhjz
    battery runs out so fast??

    still considering of getting I-pod or creative nomad 60GB for storage

    so anyone any suggestions for huge portable storage??
    just get a Hitachi 40GB/60GB/80GB 2.5" Notebook HDD from SLS and get X-DrivePro/Nixvue from EastGear. Or just a USB 2.0 portable hdd casing from SLS if you only intention is to use it as a external HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseytan
    just get a Hitachi 40GB/60GB/80GB 2.5" Notebook HDD from SLS and get X-DrivePro/Nixvue from EastGear. Or just a USB 2.0 portable hdd casing from SLS if you only intention is to use it as a external HDD.
    I second this suggestion. You can buy this for $300+, and it will work better at storing photos than the IPOD. If you should lose your precious storage device due to accident or theft, its bad enough you have lost all your photos without the additional hardbreak of losing a $700-900 IPOD with all your MP3s.

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    After much searching thru the internet forums for comments, here's the conclusion:-

    1. Belkin Firewire Media Reader is VERYYYY SLOOWWW...(<300kbps) 1GB transfer may take 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. This potentially will drain the iPod totally.
    2. Using the iPod as a Storage device uses more battery life than normal MP3 playing, as the hard disk is in continuous spin.
    3. Belkin Digital Camera Link is slighty faster (abt 0.8Mbps). This will reduce the time compared to the Firewire Media Reader by 2.5 times. However this is still slower than other Photo Storage Devices (ie. Nixvue).This cost abt S$100 when purchased online.
    4. If one already have an iPod, then maybe can look at the Belkin Digital Camera Link. But for really serious photographer, and transfer speed is an issue, then go for Nixvue, etc...
    5. If you do not have an iPod, and you're mainly looking for a Photo Storage, then go for Nixvue, etc...

    Well, since I already got a 15GB iPod, will explore the Belkin Digital Camera Link option.

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