Got a lot of data that you need to carry with you or keep close to hand? Read on!
I have a thing for storage. Maybe this is because I remember the days when a megabyte was a lot of storage, or maybe it is because as a pro-am photographer and I generate a lot of data that I both need to keep close to hand for editing and also keep safe in the long term.
And I've gone through a lot of different storage options over the years, from 5.25-inch floppy disks to multi-terabyte SSD RAID devices.
With storage capacities ranging from 1TB to 5TB, and both USB 3.0 and USB-C connectivity, this is the perfect solution for those looking for a fast, affordable, and yet stylish backup solution for Windows and Mac.
Those looking for faster performance should look at the SSD version, which is both pricier and only available in 500MB to 2TB options.
The advantages of switching from an external drive that has a single storage drive to one with a dual drive is that you can make use of RAID, either for performance or redundancy. Using RAID 0 the system offers data transfer speeds up to 867MB/s, while RAID 1 offers greater data redundancy by using mirrored disks (the downside of this is that you only get half the storage capacity).
The drive features a single USB-C port but comes with USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables.
Available as a bare enclosure (add your own drives) and in capacities from 480GB to 4TB.
A great solution for drone photographers and videographers because the BOSS drive (Backup On-Set Solution) has an SD card slot and USB port to copy files directly from devices, no laptop needed. You can also view, organize, and manage your files from a smartphone or tablet.
The drive is also super rugged and can take the sort of abuse you expect it to get out in the field.
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 for $250
This is a high-end, professional-grade desktop solution that contains two drives that can be configured for RAID 0, 1, span, or independent mode. In RAID 0 the drive supports a maximum sustained throughput speed up to 474MB/s, which is fast enough to support compressed 4K workflows.
Available as an empty enclosure and in capacities ranging from 2TB to 24TB.
Prices start from $249 for the bare enclosure to $1,750 for 24TB.
The Gen 2 builds on the success of the original OWC ThunderBlade. The Gen 2 ThunderBlades are stackable -- great features for professionals who want to run multiple units -- and are near-silent thanks to the fanless design.
A single ThunderBlade Gen 2 external SSD offers transfer speeds up to 2800MB/s read & 2450MB/s write. However, buy daisy-chaining multiple ThunderBlades -- up to six -- and using OWC's SoftRAID software controller, which can boost speeds up to 3800MB/s.