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Adventure Photographer: HyperDrive UDMA 2 Backup Device

It’s a horrifying thought––losing a trip’s worth of images. I’ve lost a few over the years, but nothing of any consequence; usually just a neglectful use of a delete button. The thought of losing entire photo collections puts a knot in my stomach. Fortunately, the digital age has provided a number of backup solutions to safeguard our visual treasures. Sanho’s HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA 2 portable backup device is something to consider before you depart on your next photographic adventure.

The UDMA has been around for a few years now, and the second generation unit has been out long enough to have been fully vetted and touted as a solid product. The ease of use sets it apart, and it really is a no-brainer. To back up your images, you simply insert your Compact Flash or SD card into the appropriate port and follow the prompts on the full-color display. Images can be imported into pre-written folders, and can be viewed for easy file management. Unlike some backup systems, the UDMA 2 can also import RAW image files. Available in a range of sizes from 120GB to a whopping 1TB, the prices range from $250 to just under $600. That’s a lot of money until you factor in the value of your images, which really are priceless.

Retrieving the images from the device can be achieved via a standard USB connection, or with the optional WiFi wireless adapter ($50). That option has the added bonus of being able to transfer image files to a smartphone or tablet for better image viewing, or to add one more layer of backups.

The 2600mAh battery provides up to three hours of playback and only takes three hours to reach full charge. It’s not a particularly compact device, but given its utility it more than justifies its space in your camera bag. We often put a lot of energy into collecting our images but neglect protect them. The ColorSpace UDMA 2 is cheap insurance those visuals will make it home to be treasured forever.


Learn more about the HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA 2 HERE.

Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.