Back-up on the go with a Cell Phone - RHAWI DANTAS

TL;DR Yes it does. Transferring files with a Galaxy S8+ using this USB-C hub to my HDDs. Takes quite a long time but useful and usable when traveling. (note: get a USB hub that can be powered and then format HDD as exFAT)

Missing the connection to the wall charger.

whole setup weight

INTRO

The whole “travel light thing” came to me after a super strenuous hike of close to 9 hours in Slovenia.

Up a mountain with a 15 inch MacBook on my back (plus everything else) my knees reminded me I am no on the my 20s anymore. So For quite some time I was searching a way that I could take the minimum of equipment with me while hiking/traveling and still being able to backup photos and videos.

I have to say I am paranoid with backups, carrying 2 external hard disks with me plus a laptop at all times.The thing is, many times when hiking to huts in the alps the laptop is not only unnecessary is way too heavy for me.

With that In mind I had few requirements:

- Has to be light

- Has to connect my devices (SD Cards and Hard Disks)

- Preferably cheap

- Possibly avoiding duplication of equipment (with 1 laptop, 1 cell phone, 1 desktop, I don’t want 1 more device in my life)

Then I found this post from CE3 and he was very kind to me in explaining his use cases for the device and how he used it. I appreciate it man.

With that in mind I tried to adventure myself and got this USB-C hub to see if it would solve my problems and I am happy to report that yes it does.

EQUIPMENT USED

- Galaxy S8+

- Galaxy S8 charger

- Sandisk Extreme Pro 128GB

- SDXC UGREEN 5 in 1 USB c Hub Type C to HDMI 4 K C Charging Port, 3 x USB 3.0 Ports 5 Gbps and USB 60 W Power Delivery

- Samsung P3 Portable 1TB

PREPARING DISKS

Since Android does not (freely) support NTFS I had to format all disks as exFAT.

On Windows 10 just right-click on drive click Format and select exFAT and use Default allocation table option.

The good thing here is that formatting the drivers with exFAT also lets you use with Macs without the need of any other software (NTFS file system used by Windows requires a NTFS driver to be able to read the drives).

TRANSFERRING FILES

At last everything is ready.

On my Galaxy S8+ I opened the Files app (included on Samsung Phones), navigated to the folder on the SD card, long pressed and selected Copy. Then went to my HDD and pasted it.

Transferring files was working like on the computer.

AFTER TRANSFER

It is good practice to remove storage before yanking it off. On Android go to Settings > Storage > Click on icon to remove it.

AFTER THOUGHTS

The whole process took ~40m for 24Gb of files with a mix of videos and photos.

Around 4x slower than using a laptop but also it's a 56g for the adapter vs 2Kg for the laptop.

The whole process takes very long yes but you know what they say: When on a mountain hut, transfer files using a USB-C hub so you don’t have to bring a laptop with you.

Right? Someone must say that.

Will be visiting Poland this weekend and will be backing up things only with this setup as preparation to my trip to Italy the week after that. If everything goes well laptop is staying mostly in the car when traveling and only when returning things will be backed up on it too.

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