Travelers are taking more and more photos and videos these days, and as a result their phones and computers are filling up. Our devices are running out of space. At least mine and my friends’ are.
When I returned from a trip 15 years ago, one of the first things I would do was download my memories onto an external hard drive. Back then, a 250GB external hard drive was bigger than a large hardcover book. Fortunately, over time external hard drives became much smaller and now fit easily into carry-on bags. These days I use one to download photos and videos while I’m still on the road, which is convenient on long trips.
BTW: Have you ever seen what a 5MB hard drive looked like in 1956? It was so big it had to be loaded onto a plane using a fork lift!
The newest external hard drive I carry in my bag is WD’s My Passport Go. It comes in 500GB ($87) and 1TB ($163) sizes and physically is just 3.7″ x 2.6″ x 0.4″ and 1.92oz. Both sizes have a bumper, making them drop-resistant from up to two meters. To be extra safe, I have a few of these that I store in different buildings, just in case there’s ever a fire.
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