I’ve been using thunderbolt and firewire external hard drives to edit off for a while now. Although they generally have a lot of storage space, and ‘ok’ speed (firewire->thunderbolt generally tops out at 60mbps), I have had too many die on me to place all of my trust in them.
So since then I have been looking to move to solid state storage.
There are a number of firewire or thunderbolt SSD hard drives on the market, including some from LaCie, but these are incredibly expensive for really quite small amounts of storage space.
So I turned my attention towards storing and editing, off usb thumb drives. A little crazy? Well, it works!
I did a bit of research and found that the fastest and best performing USB 3.0 thumb drive is the Sandisk Extreme 64gb flash drive. It performs both read AND write at about 180mbps. So I picked one of these up.
The verdict? It’s AMAZING. The speed of this thumb drive is through the roof, and because it has no moving parts, it is much less susceptible to being damaged by knocks.
Is 64gb big enough? Well we’ll see. For the majority of video work that I do, the projects don’t generally reach 64gb for approximately 5 minutes of video so for me it seems perfect. For larger projects I’m going to be looking into getting a PNY Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 Thumbdrive. It’s speeds are a little slower than the Sandisk, but it’s much cheaper and packs 128gb of space, huge!
So that’s that. For the majority of my edits when I’m out on the road I’ll be editing off a usb thumb drive.