While browsing through the electronics at my local Sam’s Club I came across a compact 128 GB solid state drive at a price of less than $50. I thought it might make an ideal drive to store images while traveling, presumably would be better able to handle rougher handling than a conventional drive, and offering considerable more storage than typical USB flash drives. I had some doubts about the quality and the dependability at such a price point, but I thought I would take a chance.
The drive is sold by Monster Digital. It represents a small 3.5 x 2 x 3/8 -inch package that connects to a computer via a short USB 3 cable. It offers AES encryption (it appears to be a variant of TrueCrypt) that turned out to have a buggy user interface, but it otherwise works as described (logging into the application throws an error, but still works). I have been using it for non-critical files until I gain some confidence with it before I commit important files or images to it as my only stored copies. Because I typically travel with a netbook, and would need it anyways to transfer images from my Canon D70, primary copies of files and images would live on my netbook and could exist on the Monster Digital SSD as a backup.
Another use would be to store PDFs and documents. Radio manuals, travel guides, maps, and other documents take up space and tend to clutter a computer. As a take-along those documents would be available simply by plugging it into a computer or tablet.