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Panasonic VW-PT2 40GB Hard Drive for HDC-SD1 and HDC-SD5 High Definition Camcorders


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  • SD Card Slot
  • Hi-Speed USB compliant (USB 2.0) 
  • Large 40GB Hard Disc Drive
  • Quick Transfer Time (SD 4GB AVCHD: 10 min)
  • Stores 9 Hours of High Quality AVCHD Footage
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000UHE65S
  • Item model number: VW-PT2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2007

Product Description

The perfect storage unit for footage captured on SDHC memory cards. Comes with supplied accessories: Rechargeable Battery Pack (CGA-S303), AC Adaptor, AC Cable, USB Cable and Carrying Case.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Palmer on October 20, 2007
Having the Panasonic HDC SD1 camcorder and 2 SDHC chips 4GB and was going to Italy. I thought this VW-PT2 40GB hard drive from panasonic would be a good place to store my video footage. However, I never used up the 2 SDHC chips. I did go ahead and copy all the video onto the VW-PT2 hard-drive basically as a backup copy in case I lost my camera or customs took the video camera.

Copying worked flawlessly. I only wish Panasonic would have a little light that said "DONE" or FINISH when the process was complete. I never really could tell when everything had been copied, so I just left the unit alone for an hour.

Transferring to my computer using Ulead VideoStudio 11 was fairly easy, having no experience with Ulead. It did take me sometime to figure out how to download the files, but once I did, it seems to working pretty well.

Overall, the VW-PT2 works great and stored my video data as advertised. The $199 for a 40GB hard-drive is a bit pricey, but I would recommend it for anyone traveling to use as a backup device for precious video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MW VINE VOICE on September 10, 2008
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I use this with my Panasonic HDC-SD5 camcorder (see my review on that) and it works great as a back-up device once my SD card gets full. I normally only use 4GB cards because they transfer so easily onto a 4.7GB DVD-R disc. I transfer the video first to the blank DVD-R through a Panasonic VW-BN1 DVD burner (great device), and then back the data up to this hard drive prior to erasing/formatting the SD card so it's ready to go again.

Once this device gets full I will download the files to my external hard drive through my PC for storage, and then clean this hard drive off and start over again.

The instructions are very clear; make sure you take the time to read them so you will understand what all of the flashing lights are about, the proper procedure in using it, etc. It charges in about an hour so you can take it on the road or in the field with you sans the power cord.

When you put in the SD card, it will alert you if there is not enough room on the hard drive to take all of the data. It does this through lights indicating if the drive is full, at 75%, or at 50%. If all is a go (the copy light goes green), you hit the copy button, the green light flashes on and off while it records the data from the card, and then the same light turns solid green once the transfer is complete.

It also has a safety mode switch you can activate that will stop the data transfer if the device is moved, unlevel, or shaken during the transfer procedure. Oddly, it states in the instructions that it will stop anyway if this happens, so I am not all that sure why they have the switch...perhaps it makes it even more sensitive to movement during a file transfer. Anyway, I keep it on just in case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TravelGuy on March 25, 2009
I always have the need to have a place to copy my photos on my SD cards when I am on extended photo taking trips. This can be for the reason of needing to create space on the SD cards or just to create a backup of the contents on SD cards.

I had owned a Creative Zen Vision W before. It was a very expensive device with a beautiful LCD and did a lot more things than I ready need it to do. I only want to be able to dump the contents of the SD card to a Hard Drive while on the road and later copy it to my computer storage when I get home. So I sold the Creative.

Lately, I decided to shop for another device like it but one that is a lot less expensive and did only what I needed. I looked at many similar devices some with small a LCD and player function.

I decided on the Panasonic VW-PT2; and I made the right decision, for the purpose that I need this device for.

The VW-PT2 is a very simple Hard Drive based device that will copy any content on the SD or SDHC card that you insert. It creates FAT32 folders with a date stamp. The date is derived from the date of the photo files on the SD card. So there is no need to set any clock on the unit itself. Very simple design. Later when you attach the device to your computer (PC or Mac), it shows up as a USB storage device. You can then copy the folders onto your computer storage and organize them as you wish.

The VW-PT2 does not have any complicated user menus to learn. It communicates with you via a few LEDs and push buttons. It uses a rechargeable Lithium battery that should last for 90 minutes of copying. Each 4GB SD card is claimed to take about 10 minutes to copy to the Hard Drive. So you can copy quite a lot on one charge of the battery. Battery charging takes about 1.5 hour.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2012
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I got one of these on sale for very little, and never got it to work. Too much trouble to send it back. Oh, well. Another failed experiment.
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