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#1 George Ebersole

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:27 PM

I thought I posted this earlier, but I guess didn't hit the submit button or something.

I've got a project that I'm plannig to shoot in the Santa Cruz mountains. I'll be using a Canon HL-X1, but I want to use a portable hard drive instead of their personal format.

Can someone reccomend a good one?

Thanks much.
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#2 Daniel Smith

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:44 AM

You pay a little more but a Western Digital is worth it.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:20 AM

I prefer Lacie, Western Digital, and Seagate, though often their innards are very similar (example my one Lacie Porsche drive was really just a Maxtor!)
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#4 A. Whitehouse

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 08:30 AM

I prefer Lacie, Western Digital, and Seagate, though often their innards are very similar (example my one Lacie Porsche drive was really just a Maxtor!)


Their innards are always similar. My personal philosophy is big and cheap. I have 5 portables (more over the years) and the only rule is buy the largest drive you can afford and the cheapest enclosure which doesn't disintegrate in your hands. I know some people feel a benefit from going with the more expensive lacies (sometimes twice as much if not more for the same size) but there really isn't much of a difference in functionality and the actual hard drive in them will be from a known manufacturer and its far more likely to fail long before the enclosure. I do however have one Lacie.
Unless you intend to get one of those excellent Raid in a box enclosures (which are well worth spending more money on) or need the enclosure to be ruggedized (is that a word?) in some way then I would spend the bulk of the money on getting the largest drive in reach and a small portion on a decent enclosure, 3.5 or 2.5 inch. You can even find Lacie knockoffs if you like the look of them.
They are, after all, all made in China and Taiwan...
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#5 David Rakoczy

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:37 AM

G-RAID!
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#6 George Ebersole

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for the replies.

I actually do need a ruged enclosure. I'm tentatively planning on shooting in Big Basin, maybe Portola Valley. Either way it's going to be up in "god's country", and it'd be nice to have something that can take a little shock and withstand dirt and moisture.
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#7 John Sprung

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:57 PM

We're using those solid state Jump drives -- basically USB memory sticks on steroids -- 500 Gigs. No moving parts makes them the safe way to get Red dailies from location to lab.




-- J.S.
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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:59 PM

I would second solid state if cost is no option, though those drive, from what I've seen, can cost a pretty penny. And also they do have some issues still.. but for field recording.. not a problem normally (it's over their lifetime it can become problematic : http://en.wikipedia....id-state_drive) so perhaps SSDs for field and typical disks at home (backed up of course!)
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#9 Danny Haritan

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 02:39 PM

G-RAID!


I love my G-raid, got it from B&H.
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 02:46 PM

You pay a little more but a Western Digital is worth it.



That's debatable. The one I bought crapped out less than a year after purchase and now it costs $14.95 just to talk to someone to see if they might be able to help (warranty and live-help were good for 90 days.).

I've read about other issues with WD drives, just on this site.

I'll never go near another one.
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#11 Dwight Hartnett

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:35 PM

I'll second the warnings about Western Digital. They tend to poop out under the sort of pressures one puts on them on set. Since a couple bad experiences, I've gone with G Raid and Lacie exclusively, and had no problems.
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#12 Tom Hall

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 01:07 AM

western digitals are universally hated in most of the computer world I believe. Up there with hitachi and maxtor
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#13 Karel Bata

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 06:15 AM

You should be thinking hard about how you backup your data - maybe another drive via a laptop or something. A hard drive failure and... :(

Have you considered nNovia mediapacs products? http://www.nnovia.co...ategories_id=24 The solid state ones will be very rugged.

You might find this useful: http://www.digitalar...?FeatureID=1836 The G-RAID3 looks good.

This subject is discussed thoroughly on the DVi forum http://www.dvinfo.ne...ding-solutions/

Happy reading! :D
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#14 Karel Bata

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 06:22 AM

Ah!

Homemade Direct-to-Disc on the cheap $309! :o
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#15 Murali Pallikonda

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 10:52 PM

Check out SonnetTech Fusion HD

http://www.sonnettec...t/fusionf2.html
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#16 Karel Bata

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:08 AM

SonnetTech Fusion HD:

Posted Image

Why on Earth is a 1T drive dramatically faster than a 640MB drive? I assume the percentages below refer to how full the disk is? And why the drastic falloff in speed? Is that due to the data being laid down in some random fashion? Even during writing? Haven't they fixed that yet? :unsure:

Edited by Karel Bata, 08 April 2009 - 04:10 AM.

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