HyperDrive Album: portable photo viewing and up to 640GB of storage
By Darren Quick
February 25, 2010
Sanho’s HyperDrive Album is designed for digital photographers on the move who require huge storage space or redundancy backup for their photos and the ability to view them anytime, but don’t want to lug a laptop computer around. With capacities of up to a whooping 640GB of storage the USB 2.0 device is also capable of downloading 2GB per minute with full data verification.
The HyperDrive Album is billed as the only storage device on the market that can decode and display true RAW images from any digital camera, including medium format digital backs for instant display. Its fast real RAW image decoder displays photos up to pixel level with the ability to use actual camera CCD/CMOS sensor data to find dead pixels. Images are displayed on the device’s 4.8" high-resolution widescreen VGA (800 x 480 pixels) LCD screen that is capable of a wide color gamut if 16 million colors.
Its UDMA 40MB/s transfer speed makes it capable of backing up 2GB of data in one minute with real-time CRC copy verification ensuring data integrity of the backup without increasing the download time. Incremental Backup allows the download of only new data on the card or USB device, skipping previously saved data.
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) monitors the hard drive status to look out for potential problems, while built-in data recovery tools can recover formatted, deleted, lost or corrupted files from the memory card. File formats supported by data recovery include JPEG, Canon CR2/CRW, Nikon NEF, Olympus ORF, Panasonic RAW and Pentax PEF.
Further reducing the need to carry around a laptop the HyperDrive Album also has the ability to perform advanced file management and speed benchmarks on memory cards and hard drives.
The faster transfer speeds coupled with a new higher capacity rechargeable lithium ion battery now allows up to 200GB of backups per battery charge, while an external battery pack is also available as an optional extra that extends the HyperDrive battery by 170 percent.
The HyperDrive Album offers an alternative to buying additional memory cards with Sanho claiming the device boasts lower dollar per GB costs than even the most affordable memory cards. It has two slots supporting four memory card formats; CompactFlash CF Type 1, Secure Digital SD, SDHC and MultiMedia Card MMC. It weighs 400g (14.1oz) with the HDD and battery and measures 153 x 88 30mm (6" x 3.5" x 1.2").
It is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux and Mac OS 9.x, 10.x and above.
Prices for the HyperDrive Album start at US$340 for a 160GB unit and max out at US$599 for the 640GB model. However, if you have a spare 2.5” SATA HDD laying about Sanho also offers a driveless HyperDrive Album casing for US$299.