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3 Reasons an External Hard Drive makes Sense for Travelers

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Road trip to Oregon- 2, 153

Road trip to Colorado- 1, 804

Road trip to Pennsylvania- 1, 288

Total: 5,245

Somewhere in Oregon.

Any guess on what these numbers represent?

Hint. It’s not the amount of money each trip cost.

The numbers reflect the amount of photos I took on the trip, though I’m not entirely sure how accurate they are. Those are the photos I saved to my computer after each trip but it doesn’t include the photos I snapped with my phone- some of which are still trapped on the device.

Photos from along the Oregon Coast

As you can see, I take a ton of photos. The only reason I didn’t take more is because I was driving part of the time we were road tripping and because my husband gets a bit weary with my incessant- “Stop here!” or “Pull over!” requests. And really, who’s to blame him?

But where does a snap-happy traveler store all the photos they take on vacation? In the past, I’ve stored them on my computer, on discs, and on SD cards but now I have a new system- an external hard drive from WD.

Allow me to share why this product is a good idea for those who are often on the road.

The mountains of Colorado

3 Reasons an External Hard Drive makes Sense for Travelers

  1. Portability

The bulk of my travel is work related. While I prefer to do most of my work on my large all-in-one computer at home, that simply isn’t feasible on the road. With a portable external hard drive, I can back up my files on my external hard drive and take my work with me wherever I go, easily picking up where I left off.

Photos from my road trip to Colorado

  1. Peace of Mind

If you’ve ever lost an important presentation or heaven forbid, vacation photos, you know how devastating that can be. It happened to me once too often.  Now, I back up everything to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

A fall view of Gettysburg National Battlefield.

  1. Added Storage

The biggest reason an external hard drive makes sense for travelers like me, is the added storage. My computer at home is only one and a half years old, yet, I’ve managed to fill up nearly all the storage space with photos and files from my travels.

I’ve given you a glimpse of how many photos I take on every single trip. And the files from the photos I take with my DSLR camera are large, and get even larger during the editing process.

I now travel with a WD external hard drive. My hard drive allows me the flexibility to work productively on the road, allowing me access to my files, documents, and photos everywhere I go. I can also relax with the peace of mind that comes with knowing my photos and videos are backed up on the chance that something would happen to my computer.

Sights to see in Pennsylvania

The new WD My Passport™ Ultra portable hard drive is sleek and stylish.

Passport Ultra by Western Digital

With 4TB, 3TB, 2TB, 1TB storage capabilities you’ll have adequate space to store all your travel memories while ensuring they are safe with the WD Backup™ software and password protection. The software also includes social media and cloud storage so you can preserve your online life from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Google Drive™.

PLUS, My Passport Ultra can auto back up files from your system onto the drive and is backed with a 3-year limited warranty.

The device is so easy to use! Simply plug it in and start saving and backing up your files and photos. It’s that easy. Interested in learning more? Visit WD to learn more.

Do you take a ton of photos when you travel? What steps do you take to protect those memories? 

3 reasons a Western Digital External Hard Drive makes sense for Travelers

melody pittman

Thursday 12th of October 2017

That is a must! I love this product and may add to my holiday wish list. I currently have 2 external hard drives that contain about 80K pictures; however, I didn't really know how to operate the first one so my pictures are just a raging mess...they are all over the place and not many are into folders or anything. I spend way too much time sorting through pics.

Tonya Prater

Saturday 21st of October 2017

This product has saved me so much frustration! I've had two computers crash and lost so many photos and files. Never again. Now I back up everything.


Thursday 12th of October 2017

I should do this next time I travel. I take with me memory cards but there was a time that I misplaced them tiny things and lost the beautiful photos I took. An external hard drive is the perfect tech accessory to take on travels.

Tonya Prater

Saturday 21st of October 2017

I always save my memory cards too but having everything saved on an external hard drive provides peace of mind.

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

Thursday 12th of October 2017

An external drive is very easy to carry around with you and it's good to have around. As a blogger, I have acquired my fair share of external drives through the years. It makes life easier.

Tonya Prater

Saturday 21st of October 2017

Yes, they are very convenient, take up very little space and provide peace of mind.

Carol Cassara

Thursday 12th of October 2017

A hard drive is really important especially if you travel a lot. It's good to know that you have a space where you can store all of those travel photos in!

Rhonda Albom

Thursday 12th of October 2017

We bring multiple external hard drives when we travel. I have a rule that all of my photos are backed up in at least two places. I can't imagine what would happen if I lost them all because my computer was stolen or ruined and I didn't back them up. Protection Status
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