Holiday Gift Ideas: Storage

Network storage, hard drives, memory cards and everything in between.

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Digital Foci Photo Safe II Portable Digital Photo Storage


This is more of a specific gift idea for the hardcore photographer on your list, or someone who stores lots of information on smaller memory cards. The main purpose of the device is to let you copy files from those cards (SD, MMC, xD, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, mini SD and MS Duo) onto a 160GB hard drive. Users can also copy files from the storage drive onto a CompactFlash card, and you can delete files from those memory cards as well.

Copying can be done with one-button push, and the files get copied over in their original filename and formats. Digital Foci says it can copy 1GB of files in about 3.5 minutes. The device runs off a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can be replaced. It's not the easiest device to use and it's not the sexiest device you'll use, but photographers who fill up their memory cards quickly can transfer the photos to the device and free up space for more photos.

Cool Yule rating: 2.5 stars

Price: $150 (for 160GB); $200 (for 250GB)

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Reviewed by Keith Shaw

Tuff-Clip, by Verbatim


Clearly, those of us who use USB drives for data transfer tend to abuse them, throwing them in the bottom of a laptop bag or placing them on a key ring which could end up anywhere. If one of these types of people are on your gift list, check out the Tuff-Clip from Verbatim, a ruggedized USB flash drive (capacities of 4G or 8GB available) that includes a clip that can hook onto backpacks, a belt loop or even a key ring. In addition to the storage capacity, a password security utility lets you secure the data somewhat.

This makes a great stocking stuffer – when was the last time you could get 4GB of storage for $20?

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars

Price: $35 (for 8GB); $20 (for 4GB)

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Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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