Hard Drives - External

External Storage FAQ: Our External high performance storage solutions offer Raid, JBOD or single drive options. SAS, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB C. NAS, Thunderbolt 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3.0 storage options. Raid 1, 0, 10, 5 and 6 options available. Audio: For audio production systems, a single drive or 2 or 4 drive Raid is all that is typically needed for a production or sample drive. External Raid 1, 5 or 6 configurations are great for a redundant backup/archiving solution. For an external redundant production drive Raid 10, or Raid 5 is best. We do not recommend a Raid 0 for production drives since there is no redundancy possible. It is safer to run single drives or do a Raid 10 or 5. Most SATA 7200 rpm and all SSD drives are more than fast enough to deal with well over a hundred audio files playing back at 44.1k or 48k. For high track count 88.2k, 96 or 192k it is best to use SSD drives or a SATA Raid 10 configuration. These options are possible using internal storage on any of the desktops and most of our laptops. On desktops, you can use 4 to 6 internal drives to create Raid volumes. For Laptops Raid volumes, would be possible on any of the external solutions. Video: For video editing systems, we recommend a minimum of three hard drives. Onedrive for the operating system and programs. SSD drives are great for this. One drive (or raid set) for source files (Media Files), and the third (or raid set) for Export (rendering final output). Backup and Archiving: With both video and audio systems we do recommend commercial studios to consider some form of external backup/archiving solution. Most of our external storage solutions offer this options. We also offer robust USB C/3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 Tape backup options as well. Please contact us to discuss your storage requirements. For AVCHD, XAVC, XDCAM, DSLR, AVC Intra, Pro Res, DNxHD/DNxHR, or Red 4K 2 sets of raid 0 is highly recommended. for Red 5K and others it varies based on workflow and effects/Layers. Generally SSD's or NVMe storage are ideal. You may also want to consider adding an archival or backup drive or tape based backup to protect your work from disaster. We offer a full line of external storage solutions from Areca, Cineraid and others. Please contact us to discuss your storage requirements. An external drive, such as a Thunderbolt 3 or 3/USB3.1, USB3 or NAS units are great solutions especially for large capacity and/or high speed storage. Even though these do take up some desk or rack space, they can be easily detached from the computer and stored in a safe location until it is needed. While Raid 5/6/10 is a nice way to achieve redundancy, again you should still have an external solution. When it comes to hard drive space, more is better, you do not want to fill your drives past 65% with mechanical hard drives. While compressed video such as XAVC doesn't really take up all that much space, if you are running other 4K+ media, you can quickly fill drives. More importantly is HDD throughput. SSD drives do not slow down as more capacity is utilized as hard drives will. SSD Drives offer far lower latency response time as well. The following charts show the approximate drive space usage and speed required for several common types of video: Codecs usable on single drives: AVCHD, H264, H265, XAVC, XDCam, AVC Intra, Pro Res, DNxHD, R3D 4K Codecs recommended on raid 0 or SSD: DNxHR, R3D 5K/6K/8K, Aria Raw 4K + Formats requiring ssd raids, NVMe drives, or large SAS raids: Cinema DNG, EXR (depends on bit rate used), TIFF (sequence of still based formats)
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  1. 10TB HGST Hard Drive - HE10, 3.5 inch, 256MB, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200RPM, ISE 512e Ultrastar
    10TB HGST Hard Drive - HE10, 3.5 inch, 256MB, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200RPM, ISE 512e Ultrastar
    $415.00
  2. 12TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5 inch, 7200RPM, 256MB, SATA 6Gb/s, 512ESE Ultrastar
    12TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5 inch, 7200RPM, 256MB, SATA 6Gb/s, 512ESE Ultrastar
    $520.00
  3. 14TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5inch, 7200RPM, 512MB, SATA 6Gb/s, 512e SE Ulstrastar
    14TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5inch, 7200RPM, 512MB, SATA 6Gb/s, 512e SE Ulstrastar
    $610.00
  4. 1TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5 inch 128M 7200RPM SATA 512N SE HA210
    1TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5 inch 128M 7200RPM SATA 512N SE HA210
    $95.00
  5. 2TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5inch 128MB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 512n HA210
    2TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5inch 128MB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 512n HA210
    $127.00
  6. 4TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5 inch, 256MB, 7200RPM, SATA 6Gb/s, 512N
    4TB HGST Hard Drive - 3.5 inch, 256MB, 7200RPM, SATA 6Gb/s, 512N
    $208.00
  7. 6TB HGST Hard Drive - ULTRASTAR, 3.5 inch, 256MB, 7200RPM, 512E SE7k6
    6TB HGST Hard Drive - ULTRASTAR, 3.5 inch, 256MB, 7200RPM, 512E SE7k6
    $275.00
  8. 8TB HGST Hard Drive - ULTRASTAR ES, 3.5 inch, 256MB, 7200RPM, 512 ESE7K8
    8TB HGST Hard Drive - ULTRASTAR ES, 3.5 inch, 256MB, 7200RPM, 512 ESE7K8
    $333.00
  9. Accusys A08S4-PS 8-Bay PCIe 3.0 Tower RAID System
    Accusys A08S4-PS 8-Bay PCIe 3.0 Tower RAID System
    $3,100.00
  10. Accusys A08S4-PS+ 8-Bay PCIe 3.0 Tower RAID System
    Accusys A08S4-PS+ 8-Bay PCIe 3.0 Tower RAID System
    $4,600.00
  11. Accusys A08S4-SJ JBOD 8-Bay Subsystem
    Accusys A08S4-SJ JBOD 8-Bay Subsystem
    $2,000.00
  12. Accusys A08S4-SJ+ JBOD 8-Bay Subsystem
    Accusys A08S4-SJ+ JBOD 8-Bay Subsystem
    $3,000.00
  13. Accusys A12S3-PS ExaSAN PCIe 3.0 RAID System
    Accusys A12S3-PS ExaSAN PCIe 3.0 RAID System
    $4,500.00
  14. Accusys A12S3-PS+ ExaSAN PCIe 3.0 RAID System
    Accusys A12S3-PS+ ExaSAN PCIe 3.0 RAID System
    $6,000.00
  15. Accusys A12S3-SJ JBOD 12-Bay Subsystem
    Accusys A12S3-SJ JBOD 12-Bay Subsystem
    $3,200.00
  16. Accusys A12S3-SJ+ JBOD 12-Bay Subsystem
    Accusys A12S3-SJ+ JBOD 12-Bay Subsystem
    $4,200.00
  17. Accusys A12T3-Share 12-Bay Thunderbolt Shareable Storage System
    Accusys A12T3-Share 12-Bay Thunderbolt Shareable Storage System
    $5,600.00
  18. Accusys A12T3-Share+ 12-Bay Thunderbolt Shareable Storage System
    Accusys A12T3-Share+ 12-Bay Thunderbolt Shareable Storage System
    $6,500.00
  19. Accusys A16S3-PS ExaSAN 16-Bay Rackmount RAID Storage
    Accusys A16S3-PS ExaSAN 16-Bay Rackmount RAID Storage
    $7,200.00
  20. Accusys A16S3-SJ JBOD 16-Bay Subsystem
    Accusys A16S3-SJ JBOD 16-Bay Subsystem
    $4,800.00
  21. Accusys A16T3-Share External Thunderbolt 16-Bay RAID System
    Accusys A16T3-Share External Thunderbolt 16-Bay RAID System
    $7,000.00
  22. Accusys ExaSAN Carry
    ExaSAN Carry is a newly designed portable Thunderbolt 3 & PCIe 3.0 storage, which is portable, shockproof and extremely quiet. Not only is it perfect for post-production, but it is specially made for DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) and users who need portable storage.
    $3,100.00
  23. Accusys ExaSAN LTO RAID + LTO7 Solution
    32Gb PCIe3.0 host port; 11 SAS/SATA 12Gb 2.5""/ 3.5"" drive, tower RAID system.
    $6,499.00
  24. Accusys Gamma 12 External Thunderbolt 12-Bay RAID System
    Accusys Gamma 12 External Thunderbolt 12-Bay RAID System
    $2,499.00
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