Recommended External Hard Drives for Photo, Video, and Audio Production

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If you work with libraries of large image files, or in audio or video production, you need to be selective about your external hard drive. Reading and writing files directly from or to an external drive can incur some hefty performance demands, so it's best to determine your needs before you buy a drive. With the ever-increasing data-transfer demands brought on by more megapixels, higher audio bit rates, and higher-resolution video—keeping up with all of that data can be a burden.

The first thing to determine must be how much overall storage space you need and, then, what data-transfer speed your projects will require. Each medium is different, as is every user. To break it down, we'll discuss the writing of data to an external hard drive while editing video, for use in photo editing and running audio projects.

Drives for Video Production

No one creates a greater need for media storage than a videographer, especially those working in 4K. To prevent getting bogged down by a sluggish external hard drive, you need fast drives. These days, the bare minimum spin rate is 7200 rpm, though even faster drives, such as solid-state, are available for a premium.

Next, you need to consider your interface. Are you using FireWire, USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 Type-A or Type-C, Thunderbolt™, Thunderbolt™ 2, or possibly Thunderbolt™ 3? Do you intend to use eSATA or set up a RAID array because a single drive can't handle your output, so you need multiple drives?

Interface Speeds: USB, Thunderbolt™, and Beyond

You need to prepare for 4K and greater resolutions. Working with DCI 4Kp24 ProRes HQ files requires at least 94 MB/s. Compressed files straight from the camera or proxy workflows can alleviate a lot of this strain and are arguably becoming more important in editing, but you should still be able to play back your files smoothly. When searching for a drive you will want to make sure you comfortably exceed these data rates to ensure uninterrupted performance.

With any external hard drive interface, keep in mind that you will only achieve its maximum data transfer rate if your computer—and the external hard drive—support it. USB 3.0 is capable of 625 MB/s. However, check the rated speed of the external drive (it likely can't move data that fast). For example, the Lacie 4TB d2 Professional USB 3.1 Type-C External Hard Drive is rated at up to 240 MB/s. The G-Technology 6TB G-Drive G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive is rated at up to 226 MB/s. Note that, in both cases, these speeds exceed the requirement of ProRes HQ. That can only be a good thing.

G-Technology 6TB G-DRIVE G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Faster still is Thunderbolt™. Version 1 can transfer at bi-directional speeds up to 10 Gb/s (1,250 MB/s), Thunderbolt™ 2 can transfer at bi-directional speeds up to 20 Gb/s (2,500 MB/s), and Thunderbolt™ 3 operates at bi-directional speeds up to 40 Gb/s (5,000 MB/s). But you'll pay more for these interfaces, which may not be worth it for all that speed: Most drives are not that fast. But if you need a RAID array or plan to use external solid-state drives (SSDs), you might want the Autobahn of interfaces.

RAID Arrays

A RAID array offers voluminous storage beyond what one drive can offer. And, using multiple drives can speed up data transfers, depending on the configuration. To set up a well-performing RAID, all of the drives should be the same speed and capacity. Now, let's choose a RAID configuration.

A popular option for video editors is RAID 5, which can suffer the loss of one drive without losing any data. The downside is that it's more expensive to set up a RAID 5 array because it requires at least four drives.

You can use just two drives to set up a RAID 1 configuration, but the goal here is data redundancy, not speed. The second drive is a copy of the first, so it's got you covered, should the other drive fail. Peace of mind.

If you're after speed, it's hard to argue against RAID 0. All drives in this array are striped together, so they read and write simultaneously, which essentially doubles your speed whenever you double the number of drives. Here's the math: Two 2TB drives that write at 200 MB/s add up to 4TB of storage writing at 400 MB/s. Hot dog! But—here's the rub—you don't have data redundancy, so if one drive goes kaput, you lose all of the data in the RAID. Ach!

One of the big kahunas in this category is the G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle 4-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 RAID Array, which offers incredible speeds of up to 1020 MB/s and the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 connections. Having four SATA drive bays allows it to be configured at RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10—with 5 being the native option of the hardware RAID controller. The drives are easily swapped out and the system is designed to be somewhat portable with its heavy-duty handle. There’s a reason G-Tech is one of the tops for video editing, and we loved it when we reviewed it. You can even find it in multiple drive configurations ranging from 16TB up to a whopping 56TB.

G-Technology G-SPEED Q 16TB (4 x 4TB) 4-Bay RAID Array

If you’re looking for gargantuan amounts of storage to protect immense amounts of hi-res footage, along with the speed to edit 4/5/6K video, look no further than Lacie’s 12big 12-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 RAID Array. Available with two Thunderbolt™ 3 and one USB 3.1 Type-C interfaces in capacities of 48, 72, 96, 120TB, and 168TB, its overall capacity is shared between twelve SATA 3.5" drive bays, and its hardware RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and 50. Using Thunderbolt 3, it can achieve read speeds of up to 2,600 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,700 MB/s in RAID 0, while a RAID 5 configuration supports read speeds up to 2,400 MB/s and write speeds up to 1,200 MB/s. When paired with USB 3.1, RAID 0 read and write speeds can reach 400 MB/s, while a RAID 5 configuration yields read and write speeds as high as 350 MB/s. One of the Thunderbolt 3 ports can also be used to daisy-chain a single 5K or dual 4K displays.

LaCie 12big 120TB 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array

Solid-State Drives

SSDs use flash technology, so they have no moving parts. This could be critical if you are recording video in a studio or other enclosed location where the video camera must be near the external hard drive. Having the whirring sounds of a writing disk and spinning fan show up in your audio will become annoying quickly.

For example, the OWC ThunderBlade SSD offers between 1-8TB of storage. This SSD is rated with read/write speeds of up to 2,800 MB/s in its pre-configured RAID 0—perfect for 4K video. It has two Thunderbolt™ 3 ports so you can daisy-chain additional drives. Portability is another benefit of SSDs with the Samsung T5 being a solid example and still featuring 540 MB/s read speeds.

OWC / Other World Computing 1TB ThunderBlade External Thunderbolt 3 Solid-State Drive

But SSDs charge a premium that's many times per TB, compared to a RAID array. If price is not your issue, they do provide quiet performance and lightning-quick data transfer.

Older Interfaces

If your computer only has USB 2.0, and you're trying to edit video, you should consider an upgrade. The old USB interface has a maximum speed of just 60 MB/s.

Similarly, FireWire 800's capability of transferring up to 100 MB/s won't earn a recommendation for manipulating high-definition video—newer hard drives are capable of faster speeds.

Picture Perfect

In general, photographers don't need as much hard-drive space for their still images as videographers need for their footage. And, editing a photo on an external hard drive does not require the same bandwidth as editing video. Still, a trigger-happy photographer needs a fast and reliable external hard drive that can seek and display numerous uncompressed raw files in a jiffy. You don't want your creative time to turn into a wait-and-see game of file-find and transfer.

If you don't need portability—say, in a photography studio—a desktop model will usually get you more terabytes for your money. One drive in this category is the LaCie d2 Professional USB 3.1 Type-C External Hard Drive, which comes in capacities of 4, 6, 8, and 10TB. It offers read speeds up to 240 MB/s and has a single USB 3.1 Gen 1 port.

LaCie 4TB d2 USB 3.0 Professional Desktop Storage Drive

For a little more space, consider the Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 Enclosure and some accompanying Seagate IronWolf drives. This setup will allow you to expand storage space as needed and you can configure your RAID array for either redundancy, speed, or both. An interesting feature in this drive is the ability to host an mSATA drive to use as an Accelerator Cache for faster readout of your most commonly accessed files. It’s great for both backup and current work.

Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

If you need an external hard drive out in the field, you might consider a portable model that's designed to weather a few bumps along the way. One choice is the WD My Passport Wireless SSD. Not only is this a speedy and portable SSD with a protective bumper, it also serves as a mobile backup station for your photos. It has a USB port and SD card slot that you can use to import photos while out shooting on location and then plug it into your computer to start editing when you get home. It is loaded with other features, too, so check out our hands-on review.

WD 500GB My Passport Wireless SSD

You may even want to consider going network-attached storage (NAS) instead of the conventional direct-attached route. For that I would advise you check out Choosing Storage! DAS/NAS Options for Photographers.

Music to Your Ears

Here's one benchmark for computing the overall capacity the music-makers need in an external hard drive: 24 mono tracks recorded at 24-bit/44.1 kHz will eat up about 190MB of hard disk space per minute.

If all you intend to do is write stereo audio onto an external hard drive, you're unlikely to hit a bump in the road. But if you're doing multi-track recording, you may run into data-transfer limitations. This could occur if your projects use a lot of plug-ins that are manipulating the audio tracks on the fly, or if you are triggering multiple virtual instruments with MIDI.

For best performance, it’s widely recommended that your digital audio workstation (DAW) software run on a separate drive from the one to which you write your audio files. That is, your OS and all your applications, including the DAW software, sit on one drive, and there is a dedicated drive for audio files. If you draw upon a lot of samples or virtual instruments, consider having all of these on yet another drive altogether.

Depending on your studio, recording multi-track sessions to a FireWire 800 drive may not a problem. It is possible to max out your audio interface without trouble at 24-bits. Mixing with dozens of plug-ins is also likely not a problem if you don’t start pushing your total track to higher and higher numbers. Larger sessions, or those using a higher bit rate, would hit the ceiling and it would be recommended to upgrade to the latest interfaces for best performance.

You should be fine with good 7200 rpm drives, and it's unlikely anyone would recommend something slower. It's possible you could get away with it for very basic audio projects, but why risk it? Going with modern storage options and connectivity will only help guarantee smooth performance and gives you room to expand your setup later on without having to reinvest in all new media.

A good drive to get going would be the G-Technology G-DRIVE USB G1 Hard Drive. This has a high capacity and data rates up to 226 MB/s—enough for basic work. It also has a standard USB 3.1 Gen 1 connection for wide support and a slick aluminum enclosure. For more speed and capacity, you can start looking at RAID arrays, such as the LaCie 2big Dock RAID Array with Thunderbolt™ 3. This uses two drives in RAID 0 to maximize speed at up to 440 MB/s. You can also swap it over to RAID 1 if you are looking for redundancy.

G-Technology 6TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Beware of the Noise

As just mentioned, as well as in the videography section, spinning fans make noise, as do spinning hard drives. If you can, you should separate your PC or laptop and external hard drive from the recording room. If you can't accomplish this, or sufficiently isolate the noise with sound damping, you will likely end up with background noise that can become irritating.

If the disk drive must be nearby, consider a solid-state drive (SSD). These are significantly more expensive, but if your pocketbook can handle it, you'll prevent disk and fan noise from marring your pristine audio. They can also be quite tiny—take the Samsung T5 SSD as a great example.

Samsung 2TB T5 Portable Solid-State Drive

What type of external hard drive do you use for your creative endeavors? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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Hello! I am very interested in this topic of storage and backups as I am a professional photographer. I am looking to update my entire system and process, but am getting confused in the process. I think I want a DAS system to work from for my main working drive. I want to be able to keep my computer relatively clean and empty of files, so I can work exclusively from this external drive. But this drive needs to have fast transfer speeds and lots of space (~10-16 Tb would be enough I think). I'm getting a little overwhelmed, but seem to be finding that Drobo 5D3 is one of the best options for this? In an ideal world, I would like to have another drive that is syncing the main, providing me with another local backup. The only set up I have seen with this is suggesting to then get a Drobo 5N2. This is a little bit pricey of a set up (purchasing 2 drobo systems) and potentially a little bit overkill for what I am needing. I doubt I will ever need to expand to 64Tb. But is there ANYTHING else like this? If so, what are some options? I've looked at the WD and G Technology, as well as Synology, but nothing seems as seamless in its setup or as fast in its read/write. On the other hand, I have heard some bad reviews about the Drobos and I'm not sure I want to take the risk with such a pricey system.  Thanks!

Hi Taylor.  For your inquiry, I would like to suggest to reach out to us via e-mail at pc@bhphoto.com.  In the e-mail please also include what your current workflow is, the specs of your computer, and what storage solution you are using right now.  

Hi - I found this article and conversation in my search. I have two MacBook Pro laptops that include lots of photos and some videos from my iPhone.   I would like to buy an external hard drive for my images and videos to store safely (I do not use the cloud). I have determined that I need 1 TB for each computer (I would like to use one drive per laptop).  It will then be used often to access photos.  Can you suggest something for just this use. I am a hobby photographer (all images in jpeg).  thank you

Hi Caroline.  Consider the Western Digital 1TB Passport for Mac drive.  The drive is a portable drive so you can easily take it with you if you need to.  It's preformatted for Mac and ready to use with your computers right out of the box.

https://bhpho.to/2WdU20W

I'm a photographer and also work in post visual work. I'm looking for better options to store and backup my files whilst working on the system. I've used LaCie, WD, and Toshiba, and all of my drives started breaking down and not showing up on my computer after a few months. Toshiba was the only one that lasted for more than a year. Either the disk would start squeaking, or the drive just wouldn't show up (both in the disk utility and devices menu. Are there any other drives or options you could recommend to me? I would really like to stop losing info and files because my drives stop working

Hi, I work for a small TV channel and we want to buy several HDD. We were thinking about using RAID0 (We really need the speed), but I was wondering how can we connect the 4 computers we use to the same array? (cause if we use wi-fi we'll loose speed). Thanks in advance :)

I'm a video editor that works with 4k files. I currently have a 2017 5k iMac with the 512mb internal SSD. If I would like to edit from an external hard drive, what would be my best option for under $350? Looking for it to be as fast and easy to edit on the computer as it is now or better if possible via a drive. Thanks in advance!

Hi Bryan - 

If you want the capacity:

Designed for storing and working with intensive multimedia files including video, photos, audio, and music libraries, the 6TB G-DRIVE G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive from G-Technology (B&H # GT0G03674) lets you store up to 6TB of your data and transfer it to or from your computer using USB 3.0 technology. Housed in an aluminum enclosure, the G-DRIVE G1 features data transfer rates up to 226 MB/s and a rotational speed of 7200 rpm, both of which allow for quick file access and fast data transfer speeds. The G-DRIVE G1 natively supports USB 3.0 and includes a USB 3.0 cable, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

If you  want the speed and form factor of an SSD:

Designed for HD video editing, enclosed in aluminum, and compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, the black 1TB U32 Shadow USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive from Oyen Digital (B&H # OYU32SSD1000) provides fast, silent, and durable performance, allowing you to access data quickly and efficiently using solid-state drive technology and micro-USB 3.1 connectivity. This SSD has a capacity of 1TB, allowing you to store a variety of files, including movies, photos, music, documents, and more. Using its 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 interface, which is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2, data can be transferred at speeds up to 575 MB/s, and is compatible with 5 Gb/s USB 3.0, which is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1, and 480 Mb/s USB 2.0. Included is a USB 3.1 cable.

Hi Mark, thanks for your reply! Would this be the best option for speed (even better than the oyen?) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1365963-REG/g_technology_0g06053_...

Hi Bryan- 

This is a good choice for mobile use, but not a recommended choice for extended video editing applications.

Im a Photographer and im looking for the best option to store and backup my files... i want my iMac tu run faster so i want all my fiiles pulled from the drive and make sure i have a copy of everything just in case something happens...

i heard a Bay its a good option... what would you reccomend? keeping it afforadable under 350$ for maybe 8tb (two 4tb)

Hi Herman - 

Designed with the ability to edit and playback multiple audio and HD video streams, the StudioRAID 4TB 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (2 x 2TB) from Glyph Technologies is a production-grade external RAID array that connects to your host system using its one micro-USB 3.0 port, two FireWire 800 ports, or one eSATA port at speeds up to 360 MB/s. The StudioRAID is equipped with two 3.5" drive bays and a total capacity of 4TB, which is configured as 2 x 2TB 7200 rpm hard drives. To help facilitate its functionality within a production environment, the StudioRAID comes pre-configured as a RAID 0, which helps enhance performance by spreading data across two drives and is also compatible with RAID 1, which offers data redundancy. For those who do not require a RAID, JBOD and SPAN are also supported. This array is powered by an internal international auto-switching power supply that operates at 100-240 VAC at 50/60 Hz, is cooled with an intelligent quiet fan, uses disk health monitoring, and is constructed from a scratch-resistant black powder-coated aluminum chassis with a brushed stainless steel face plate. While the StudioRAID comes pre-formatted for HFS+ Journaled for Mac, it may also be used with Windows, Linux, Unix, and BSD after a simple reformat. Included is a micro-USB 3.0 cable, a FireWire 800 cable, and a power cable. It is protected by hardware, data recovery, and advance replacement warranties.

Thunderbolt Connection - 

The StudioRAID Thunderbolt 2 Enterprise Class RAID Array from Glyph is a high performance RAID array built for professionals seeking to edit multiple HD video streams. It features a rugged all metal enclosure, and Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 connectivity for fast transfer rates of up to 360 MB/s in RAID 0. It also supports RAID 1 and JBOD configurations if needed. This array is configured with two 4TB 7200 rpm drives for a total capacity of 8TB. Even though it's preformatted for Mac, you'll be able to reformat it for compatibility with Windows systems. Included with the StudioRAID Enterprise RAID are 2-year level 1 data recovery and 1-year advance drive replacement services.

 I have 4000 images on my MacBook Pro 2009. 

I  can no longer update my MacBook Pro and had hoped to put these images on an external hard drive that could be read on my PC.

I got some of them onto the external hard drive but the PC can't read it even though they are JPEG.

 Can you recommend  and external hard drive that would work for me? 

Hi Mabellucy - 

If the images are on a drive that is formatted for a Mac (HFS+ Journaled) - then the Windows PC cannot read the them. Save all  the images to a Windows formatted drive (exFAT formatted), then the PC can read them.

With the 6TB My Book Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive from WD it is easy to back up important files and create system backups using the included WD Backup software for Windows or Time Machine for Mac. In addition to simplifying the backup process for both Windows and Mac computers, this hard drive features 256-bit AES hardware encryption to ensure stored files remain secure. The My Book Desktop drive features a USB 3.0 port for fast data transfers and comes exFAT formatted making it easy to get up and running in no time.

Hi,

I'm considering adding an external drive to my Microsoft Surface Studio which I use for video editing.  The external drive would operate as a media drive where I would locate all of my source video files, thus sharing resources of the system drive and external drive when editing.  The computer has USB 3.0 ports and I am editing 4K video.  Is there a particular external drive you would recommend that would meet my needs yet is also reasonably priced?  Thanks. 

What are your thoughts on a WD 6TB My Cloud Mirror? It would be for backing up iPhone, IPad and GoPro photos and video. 

Hi Tony - 

Love this thing!  Perfect appliance for the family home.  The WD SYNC feature syncs content across multiple household computers.  The My Cloud mobil app makes backups of your iPhone and iPad a cinch.  One of my favorite features is that you can save space on your mobile devices by uploading directly to your My Cloud and access music, photos and video anywhere  at all.  Enjoy!

Wich external drive would you reccomend to store photos and videos to?  I was thinking maby 2-3Tb. disk should do it.  Unfortunately i have a Mac air with usb 2.0

The photos and videos are from my s7 phone and canon 500d.

Best regards.

The WD My Book 3TB would be a great choice if you're looking for a 3TB drive.  They're fairly inexpensive but very reliable.  I'd suggest to consider 2 drives if it's within your budget...just in case something happens to one of your drives, you would have a backup of the backup.

https://bhpho.to/2gJMl1k

Is this good for 4k raw files also?

Hi I'm wondering whether the Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections on the new macbook pro are a gamechanger for high performance editing drives. If I want to futureproof myself (and am getting the new macbook pro), should I also be looking to get thunderbolt 3 capable hard drives to maximise performance?

I suppose the alternative would be to stick with a trusty thunderbolt 2 drive and use the thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt 2 adapter. Does anyone know how performance compares when using the adapter? 

Thanks for your help!

Hi -

I have found that "future-proofing" is an exercise in futility, since computers and peripherals evolve so quickly  none of us have that crystal ball - although my magic 8-ball is alot of fun. An adapter will only allow speeds compatible with the host connection and cannot produce Thunderbolt 3 speed.

Which drive would you recommend for video storage and use in editing, the G-Technology 4-TB or the WV 4-TB? 

Hi Phil -

Tough call!  I love WD products for many of my household and business tasks, but for editing I leave the heavy lifting to my G-Tech drives and arrays.

Great article! quick question, what's the best way to transfer large amounts of data from one thunderbolt drive to another using a mac. Is there a specific setup/tool to maximize transfer speed?

Thanks
Chris

Hi Chris -

If you are going to copy the entire drive, you can use disk utility. Other than that I would say just drag, and drop.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

thanks. any particular way to connect the cables? like loop the one thunderbolt into the other?

Hi Chris -

Yes  - thunderbolt to thunderbolt.

Thank you for all of the abave. I have 5k retina iMac which Hard-Drive is good for HD video editing to low baudget. thanks

Hi Estifanos -

The 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array by LaCie is a dual bay RAID enclosure that features 2x 3TB hard drives, running at 7200 rpm with a 32MB cache. The external enclosure also features USB 3.0/2.0 and FireWire 800/400 connectivity, giving you the flexibility and options to attach this unit to older PCs and Macs.

USB 3.0 offers an interface transfer rate of up to 5.0 Gbps, while the average (sustained) transfer rate is 210 MBps. The FireWire transfer rate is 800 Mbps max, and the average transfer 82 MBps. It supports RAID 0 (both disks are counted as one large drive) and RAID 1 (striping the data for redundancy and backup) and is preconfigured as RAID 0. The drives are user-serviceable and hot swappable, meaning that you can replace them at any time with fresh drives for more storage capacity.

There are also a number of features that give the LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra an added layer of protection. Besides the redundancy of data in Raid 1 mode, the unit also ships with professional backup software for timed and scheduled backups that include file-level and system-level restores. This gives you the option of performing a full system backup that would let you boot your Mac directly from the 2big Quadra. It's compatible with Time Machine and Windows 7 backup, and there's even a Kensington lock slot to prevent physical theft of the unit.

Another feature that ensures reliability in your data protection is the effective dual cooling system. An overheated drive can mean the difference between restore and failure, and LaCie has implemented a system that consists of three components - a solid aluminum heat sink, a thermo-regulated magnetic levitation fan, and numerous large venting holes for air dissipation. The fan controls speed based on the ambient temperature of the unit, so it's energy efficient and quiet since it is not spinning unnecessarily all hours of the day. You can also set the unit to deliver email alerts when a temperature or RAID level is approaching a critical status to help you plan ahead and avoid crashes.

Just estimating how much storage space you need is a challenge for most of us!    So, first thing I recommend is that you keep all of you SD and camera cards in one place.  Never erase them, just use a new card for each event or trip or holiday.  SD cards are inexpensive, but they can be hard to keep with and pretty hard to label !

Second thing I suggest is cloud storage, since you can backup anything - computers, iPads, smartphones, etc to cloud storage.   It's fast, affordable, and accessible from anywhere.  

Local storage puts the burden on you to first, choose a good device to back up to and second, you have to maintain it.  What happens when your external disk fails ?  (yes, a raid array is the right way, but it's still expensive)

So, for ametures, I strongly recommend multiple copies of your most treasured photo files and videos.  Keep them in several places and even as attachements in your email.  Share them, frequently.   Prints fade, even from the best labs, so digital photos are really important.   And, if you edit photos, then you'll want a lot of storage space and you need a system to keep the original files (raw) and the edited files (which can be smaller files, like a jpg).  

I have recenlty given up backups of my entire computer to a single disk.  The backup drives in my network router and even directly connected to my computer have all failed in surprisingly short order!  I bought 10 different drives in 5 years and none of them have lasted!   Finally, I just bought another hard disk for my desktop and I back-up to that.  It's fast and automatic.  And, that internal hard disk has lasted much longer than any of the external hard drives.  (why is a longer story, but it boils down to the quality of hard drive available to the public and what we are willing to pay for them).   I don't really like storing my family images on a public system and I don't recommend it.  

Anything you share in social media will probably be arround a long, long time.   Just make sure it's stuff you don't mind sharing with the rest of the world.

The best way to have storage is to have it located in the same box you are working on. The lowest speed device or interface will determine the overall throughput. A comment on RAID - it is for fault tollerence not speed. RAID IO is dependent on the physical hardware throughput with the slowest part being the start of the bottleneck. Network addressed storage is going to be limited to the speed of your slowest switch. Using a gig port on your NAS and using a gig port on your PC while attached to a 100Mb switch will result in a max of 100Mb throughput. Going wireless could be even slower as wireless access points are hubs not switches. The more users shareing your wireless connection the slower your throughput.

You want High speed storage? Get a desktop with fast disks.

It is better if you can include price of the items you have listed. Thank you.

Hi Wang -

The prices are intentionally not included in the article because they are subject to change and products may be discontinued.  If you click on the images of the product or the highlighted text in the article above you will be able to navigate to the current B&H web page where the current pricing is published.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Still, I agree with Wang... it's FAR better FOR THE READER if we have some idea of the pricing we're talking about. I'm sure it's better for B&H to get lots of search clicks, but that takes time. We understand that things get discontinued and prices change, just a ballpark amount would be helpful. If we know one drive is "around $225" and another is "around $2,250" that helps us a lot. (an exaggerated example, but you get my point)

Why not just google the price? You're already on the internet reading the post... Open another tab and google it instead of being lazy :-D 

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