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Epson P2000 harddrive upgrade and another portable storage device

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I have an Epson P2000 with a 40gb harddrive. I ran out of space (used all 40gb) on my trip to Bots in 2005 and I didn't want that to happen when I went to Rwanda/Kenya so I was trying to figure out what to do for photo storage. I had heard about people replacing the harddrive in the Epson with a bigger one. I don't know anything about computers/harddrives but I wanted to find out how to do it anyway. I did an internet search and found detailed instructions here http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1013&thread=12096558&page=1

There are 7 pages to this thread and I read them all. The instructions are on the first page and the additional pages have questions/answers/followups. Then I asked my brother to read them to see if he could replace the harddrive. He read it (I made him read all the pages) and said he could do it. Easy. So I ordered a new 120gb harddrive (from newegg.com). I crossed my fingers and sent the new harddrive and the Epson home with my brother. It took him a few days and he ended up needing to buy the software that is referred to in the dpreview post telling you how to do it. (the Ghost software, I believe)

Anyway, he brought the Epson back to me the day before I was leaving for Rwanda/Kenya and we tested it and it worked. Whew! Talk about waiting until the last minute (my fault, not his).

So now my Epson P2000 has a 120gb harddrive. The new harddrive was ~$125, the labor was free.

I didn't take my laptop this trip so I also needed a second backup. I bought a Nexto case and another 120gb harddrive. My brother put the drive in the case and said it took about 5 minutes. He showed me how to do it and it was easy. The Nexto case was appx $150 and the harddrive was the same as the other one I bought ($125). This device has a slot to insert a CF or SD card. It works very simply and very, very quickly. It doesn't have a screen to view the pictures but I didn't need two devices with screens. I guess I don't "need" any devices with screens but it is nice to have.

So if you have an Epson P2000 and want a bigger harddrive, it can be done. Follow the directions on the link to dpreview.

If you need a storage device, consider the Nexto case and your own harddrive. http://www.nexusamerica.com/Portable-Storage-Devices/Nexto-CF-Storage-Case.html

I have no interest in either of these companies. I'm just sharing what I've learned.

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