Professional storage devices: From 1TB to 12TB

Professional storage devices: From 1TB to 12TB

Summary: While I have offloaded some of my backup needs to the cloud, I still need local storage. Here are the storage devices that I'm currently using, ranging from things that will fit into your pocket to things that will totally dominate your desk!

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  • Introduction

    I believe that you can't have too much storage. That's doubly so if like me you're a photographer who seems to generate gigabytes of new stuff.

    While I have offloaded some of my backup needs to the cloud, I still need local storage. Here are the storage devices that I'm currently using, ranging from things that will fit into your pocket to things that will totally dominate your desk!

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  • Western Digital My Passport Pro

    For a few years now I've been a fan of Western Digital My Passport drives. They're small, fast, and reliable. Given my happy past experiences with these external drives, I was excited when Western Digital sent me a pair of 2TB My Passport Pro.

    Unlike the My Passport drives which house a single drive, the My Passport Pro houses two drives. This makes them thicker, but the two drives have benefits. Using the supplied software you can configure these drives as RAID 0 or RAID 1 (depending on whether you want speed or data duplication) or you can set them to appear as separate drives.

    The My Passport Pro comes equipped with Thunderbolt connectivity, and the cable is attached, which is great because it means I don't have to buy one, and won't lose the one supplied! This drive delivers transfer rates as high as 233 MB/s, so it's no slouch. The drive also gets power from the Thunderbolt connector so there's no separate AC adaptor to carry (or lose).

    (Source: Western Digital)

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  • Two Further Recommendations....

    Buffalo Thunderbolt Ministation SSD
    http://www.buffalotech.com/products/portable-hard-drives/portable-hard-drives/ministation-thunderbolt

    Lacie Porsche Design Slim Drive USB 3.0 HDD
    https://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?id=10609

    Both perfect for use with Macs.
    5735guy
  • I have just one word for you

    ZFS
    kirovs@...
    • Shame about Oracle's licensing terms.

      Under Sun, ZFS was fine. But Oracle's licensing terms have rather killed it.

      But I loved the Solaris ZFS based live DVD.

      It would boot solaris on a bare machine with the boot DVD mounted under ZFS.

      So rather than install, you could add a mirror and then drop the boot DVD.

      Elegant.
      Henry 3 Dogg
  • Drobo

    Will stick with my Drobos. Wouldn't consider anything else really.
    John-X
    • I love my Drobo mini.

      It is great for traveling (and I do more than I would like).
      Bruizer
  • WD My Cloud NOT a good option

    I have a My Cloud device for storage of movies. So far my experience has been bad as I find that the device will not stream a movie consistently. Have tried to get a WD logon id to complain but so far the site is too busy to accept new registrations. Have deactivated the device and use my backup WD hard drive which works just fine.
    Beware
    Dave
    gingoro
  • latest WD Passports are junk when they fail

    they are now using proprietary internal connectors on the 2.5 drives, so if the USB connector or attached board fails, you can't simply open the casing and slave the HDD using a normal SATA cable.

    your choices are now send to WD and pay money or lose the data

    I've seen about 5 customer dries fail in this way so far, so that makes them a no-no for me - I won't be touching them again.

    http://superuser.com/questions/337222/how-to-connect-western-digital-my-passport-using-other-means
    amob23
    • Re: latest WD Passports are junk when they fail....

      Any Hard Drive Internal or External when they fail so whats your point ?
      5735guy
      • If the enclosure fails you can't use the hard drive..

        That is what he meant. Hard drives fail no matter what especially if you are moving them around too much but if the enclosure fails but the hard drive is fine, a person should be able to hook up the hard drive to a PC without problems unless of course it's the hard drive that has failed.
        MidnightDistortions
        • Re: If the enclosure fails you can't use the hard drive....

          Easy. Forget the sealed enclosure. Buy a 1TB 2.5" HDD and fit it in a USB 3.0 caddy. If the caddy fails just replace it they cost peanuts.
          5735guy
    • Which is why i just buy the bare hard drive..

      and stick it in an external enclosure. External hard drives are not worth the money if you can get an external enclosure that is more reliable.
      MidnightDistortions
  • NAS

    8TB for 4K video
    D34DM34T
  • Ummm...

    For systems with less than 3 drives, I recognize only RAID 1 devices as professional. Everything else is NOT fault tolerant, therefore not professional. My 2 cents...
    Bodisson
  • Customer Service

    Does anyone in the ZDN community have a broad range of experience with the customer service of different NAS vendors? I have had a terrible experience with mine and may likely choose by CS over performance in my next purchase.
    nssdiver