Friday, July 03, 2009

Hard Drives

I keep getting asked what kind of hard drives I use. The thing is, all the brand-name drives are quite good but not perfect. You can find people with failures from any of them. I just ordered my ninth 1TB external drive (I also have three internal 500GB internals, two on a RAID, one's periodically sync'd) and a little portable drive I use just after shoots to get an initial copy. They're mostly Western Digital, and I haven't had any failures with that brand, but I know other people who have. Personally I make three copies of everything, scatter them around the bay area, and I have a fourth copy of all of my RAW files for recent shoots (maybe a year back) on the small drive.

Anyway, I'm buying these right now: Western Digital Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDE1UBK10000N (Black)

And the little portable drive is: Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDME5000TN (Midnight Black) - interestingly about the same price, just holds half as much and is itsy bitsy.

Note that for my purposes they don't have to be fast, just cheap and reasonably reliable so a USB-only drive is fine. For editing I'd get something fancier, but that's what the internal RAID is for.


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