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Digital Data Storage

Keeping your data safe is of the utmost importance while on what might be your trip of a lifetime. Here is some information about best practices in Thailand.

Thailand has decent electricity, WIFI, and mobile data connections (3G). Decent, but far from perfect. I don’t think there is much danger at all from surges frying your equipment, so that’s a good thing. Being here 10 years I used a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for my computers and other electronic equipment for a couple of years, but then for the last eight years – nothing.

I’ve never lost any equipment from power fluctuations. But I do unplug everything at first thunder!

Update – we lost a refrigerator’s main processing board. Cost 2,000 THB to fix. 🙁

SD cards for your camera and computer have shrunk down to the size of a coin. They are very light weight and serve as excellent temporary storage for your images and video shot while on your tour. We use these exclusively because they are so much lighter in weight and cheaper than other options (HDD drive, bringing the computer along, etc.)

During your tour we will have a computer which can copy over all your images to an extra 128 GB SD card. Bring heaps of them. The cards need not be that fast if you’re only using them for storing already shot images.

Amazon has them listed today for $59 to $100 on average. For 256GB you can roughly double those figures. If you’re shooting RAW images, and you should be, you’ll get around 4,000 images on a 128GB card if your raw files are around 30MB each. In six days it’s possible to shoot 4,000 images. Depends on you.

So, plan accordingly. Personally, I would have a couple of 64GB very fast writing speed cards for my camera for each day’s shooting. Then I’d have four 128GB cards to transfer everything to for safe storage. I’d keep 2 copies of the data saved – on separate SD cards.

I am quite a bit paranoid about losing my best images, so if there’s something I’ve shot that is some of my best work ever – I’ll have a separate card or two for those images.

Needless to say, heaps of clear waterproof plastic bags that zip seal are essential. Also the waterproof dive bags are great. I have two small ones and one big one to put inside each other.

You might think, oh, it’s not raining and sky looks great. But, accidents happen. I was squatting down at the side of a small lake having just found the tail of a Homalopsis buccata, when it turned around to bite me on the hand, let go, and come between my legs.

The body reacted the only way it knew how, falling backward, straight into another pool of water. I was soaked, my bag was soaked, and all the crucial bits were fine because I almost always put everything in waterproof bags in Southeast Asia.

As a last resort, if you run out of cards, we almost always have extra – or, you could save data to our computer or disk drives.

Looking for a couple of hours of night in Thailand’s rainforest photographing lizards, frogs, toads, geckos, centipedes, snakes, scorpions and slow lorises?

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