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Gwangjuboy
04-30-2012, 03:48 AM
I'm pretty computer illiterate and haven't used SSD before. As far as I know you can connect the camera via a thunderbolt cable for transfering files. This is great but I'm wondering if it would be better to connect it striaght to a computer. What kind of docking type hardware would I need to do this. And the question is it worth it anyway. My main reason for wanting to do it without the camera is running the battery on the camera unnessicarily. Saying that I have no idea if you need the camera to be actually on to make a transfer. As you can see I have some holes in my knowledge, anyone help me fill in the blanks?

Costa Louvieris
04-30-2012, 04:33 AM
You can get a Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter like this one http://store.apple.com/uk/product/H8582VC/A/seagate-freeagent-goflex-thunderbolt-adapter-for-desktop-hard-drives?afid=p228%7CGBUK&cid=AOS-EMEA-SHOPIP-GoogleBase-UK

John Brawley
04-30-2012, 09:09 AM
I'm pretty computer illiterate and haven't used SSD before. As far as I know you can connect the camera via a thunderbolt cable for transfering files. This is great but I'm wondering if it would be better to connect it striaght to a computer. What kind of docking type hardware would I need to do this. And the question is it worth it anyway. My main reason for wanting to do it without the camera is running the battery on the camera unnessicarily. Saying that I have no idea if you need the camera to be actually on to make a transfer. As you can see I have some holes in my knowledge, anyone help me fill in the blanks?

You can't connect the camera straight to your computer to copy files. You have to remove the SSD and mount it using a Thunderbolt adaptor if your computer has a Thunderbolt port, or a Thunderbolt to USB or Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor.

jb

Gwangjuboy
04-30-2012, 09:18 AM
You can get a Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter like this one http://store.apple.com/uk/product/H8582VC/A/seagate-freeagent-goflex-thunderbolt-adapter-for-desktop-hard-drives?afid=p228%7CGBUK&cid=AOS-EMEA-SHOPIP-GoogleBase-UK


So going along with what John has just said I guess we have to have this kind of dock. I was expecting it to cost a lot less honestly, I guess the cost of thunderbolt hardware is high at the moment due to its relative newness. I wonder if there are cheaper options?

John Brawley
04-30-2012, 09:24 AM
So going along with what John has just said I guess we have to have this kind of dock. I was expecting it to cost a lot less honestly, I guess the cost of thunderbolt hardware is high at the moment due to its relative newness. I wonder if there are cheaper options?

I'm not sure what you mean.

You don't have to buy a Thunderbolt drive to copy onto as a destination disk. You can buy something as cheap as this (http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Inch-Adapter-Cable/dp/B0037JACXG) for $16 bucks that will allow you to mount the SSD drive front he camera. Then you copy to another USB, Firewire, SATA or even Thunderbolt drive....

jb

mhood
04-30-2012, 09:24 AM
So something cheap like this one won't work?

http://compare.ebay.com/like/190665908038?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

Sorry John...didn't see your post when I posted.

Gwangjuboy
04-30-2012, 09:32 AM
So something cheap like this one won't work?

http://compare.ebay.com/like/190665908038?var=lv<yp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

Sorry John...didn't see your post when I posted.


Actually I just found this online. I'm thinking this is a cheaper option if you want to use Thunderbolt, which I do.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/01/seagate-goflex-thunderbolt-adapter-now-shipping/

Kingswell
04-30-2012, 09:32 AM
So something cheap like this one won't work?

http://compare.ebay.com/like/190665908038?var=lv<yp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

Sorry John...didn't see your post when I posted.

Looks excellent for the studio, but says you need a power outlet available, so not great outdoors. I wonder if it can be powered through usb?

mhood
04-30-2012, 09:40 AM
Looks excellent for the studio, but says you need a power outlet available, so not great outdoors. I wonder if it can be powered through usb?

I imagine someone will (or has already) market a USB 3.0 (USB powered) SSD dock like the $11 one I got at Wally World for my SDHC and CF cards.

Craig
04-30-2012, 09:49 AM
For those in uk, maplins has a cheapo usb3 to sata external connector for 14 at the mo.

Costa Louvieris
04-30-2012, 01:57 PM
Yeah I have a few USB 3.0 SSD docks too. I find my BlacX5G very useful and CHEAP. I linked the thunderbolt adapter as I thought the OP wanted something in thethunderbolt flavour, but yes of course you can use any SSD adapter. But to be honest, for a thunderbolt device the adapter I linked is actually reasonabley priced... especially if you go the 2.5 inch only option for $100.

I do not think it is worth going for the USB 2.0 option that John linked as it would take forever to transfer your files, and for just $20 more you can get a half reliable USB 3.0 option. If you're spending the cash on a new camera that is this cost effective, you must have $20 more to spend, surely?