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Buyer’s Brief: Portable Storage

In this Buyer’s Guide we examine a number of options for portable storage—products engineered to let you move and manage your media, whether you’re in a remote location or just changing workstations.


Thunder3 Quad

This four-bay Thunderbolt 3 storage device enclosure features two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a DisplayPort video output to connect to the latest 4K 60 Hz displays. The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Quad operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to five daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gb/s) and DisplayPort devices. The four trays in the Thunder3 Quad are completely flexible in accommodating either 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs, or 3.5-inch HDDs, offering users up to 40 TB of storage with drives available in the market today. The diskless (0 TB) Thunder3 Quad enclosure is available for $430. 



Available in 1 TB and 500 GB capacities, the G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C delivers super-fast SSD performance (transfer rate of up to 540 MB/s) and a 10 Gb/s USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2) interface connection for efficient data transfers. The included Type-C to Type-C cable and Type-C to Type-A cable allow this drive to operate with any computer featuring Thunderbolt 3, USB-C or USB 3.0 ports. Requiring no external power source, the G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C will ensure that data is readily available whether traveling in the field, back at home or in the office. MSRP for the 500 GB model is $230 and the 1 TB is $380. 


Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive

This rugged, pocket-sized solid state drive (SSD) storage device is capable of transferring data at speeds up to 2,100 MB/s, and is equipped with 512 GB of flash storage. The Fusion flash drive is an ultra-fast alternative to portable SATA-based hard disk drives, SSD storage devices and USB thumb drives. The new Fusion flash drive connects to any Microsoft Windows-based computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port via a user-replaceable 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s) cable. Measuring a compact 2.8” x 4.1” x 1.25” (WDH), the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe flash drive features a fanless aluminum enclosure that enables silent operation. The device is bus-powered and so requires no power adapter. 

Sony Electronics

Rugged Portable RAID

Sony’s expanding line of professional storage technologies now includes a rugged, portable RAID (dual 3.5-inch HDD). Available in 4 TB (PSZ-RA4T) and 6 TB (PSZ-RA6T) capacities, the device is optimized for the transport, backup and quick transfer of content on the go. With transfer speeds of up to 440 MB/s, the device offers the level of performance required for 4K production. It is shock- and vibration-resistant as high as MIL50G/11ms (in non-operating mode), and is equipped with dampers to absorb impact and protect the disks from damage. The RAID system features one USB 3.0 and two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and compatibility with RAID modes including RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD. Users can daisy-chain up to six units via Thunderbolt. 

Sound Devices

SpeedDrive for PIX-E

When the engineers at Sound Devices set out to create a fast and affordable file storage solution for its Video Devices brand of PIX-E Series recording monitors, they knew it would have to keep up with the increasingly fast-paced world of video production. Video Devices SpeedDrive is a custom-designed enclosure for an industry standard, off-the-shelf mSATA solid-state-drive. When securely plugged into the back of any PIX-E monitor, the SpeedDrive works as an ultra-fast mSATA drive, suitable for recording 4K video in Apple ProRes up to 4444XQ. The SpeedDrive comes in an enclosure-only version (0 GB) or with a 240 GB mSATA already installed.