Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 03, 2014 08:46AM
greetings:

i'm wondering if the newer portable or mini drives (2 TB) are a good match for editing with FCP X? i usually use g-tech g-drives and like these a lot. but i'm working with a client where i may have to shuffle off the drive via mail or move it around to different shooting locations. my business (and budget) is not big enough to purchase a multiple SATA component system.

so, i'm looking at the lacie "rugged" portable drive and also WD mini/portable drives. the lacie only has 5400 RPM as opposed to 7200--is this enough? i've also noticed that WD doesn't list RPM speed...red light?

thoughts...recommendations?

portability, durability and cloud back-ups--as well as quality that's not going to break the bank--are all considerations here.

thanks for your help!

nicolle
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 03, 2014 09:22AM
> i'm wondering if the newer portable or mini drives (2 TB) are a good match for editing with FCP X?
> i'm looking at the lacie "rugged" portable drive and also WD mini/portable drives.

They're not unworkable, but they won't perform well. They're slow and unreliable, they overheat (no fan), and anything more than one stream of ProRes and they start to choke (that's provided you use FireWire 800 -- USB will do even worse). I did a few projects on a Western Digital portable and I had to waste quite some time with the low read/write speed and playback stutters, because the company decided to save a few bucks instead of buying the proper equipment. Whatever they might have saved on the drives (and since we're talking about 2TB drives, we're talking about $50, not even $100), it was nothing compared with the extra time and hourly billings it took for me to do the work. Even dumber is the fact that you don't save money on portable drives -- you lose money, because you are paying extra for the portability and bus-powered capability.

Don't skimp on equipment. Buy right and save money in the long run. If you don't want to buy the more expensive drives like CalDigit or Promax, look at OWC's drives.

> i'm working with a client where i may have to shuffle off the drive via mail or move it around to different shooting locations.

You're thinking about it wrong. Consider this: Why would you want to edit on a drive that's constantly being stuffed into bags, taken in and out of boxes, put into car trunks, and shuttled to different places? And why would you want your entire editing project -- converted media, masters, sync audio, graphics creations and so on -- being moved around and exposed to multiple computer systems, often being operated by people of varying and unpredictable experience and ability?

Get portable drives for transportation if you need them. But don't edit on them. A master editing station's storage should stay in one place and be as secure as possible, and backed up frequently. And if you need to edit on the move on laptops, use a different drive from the one you use to transport material.


www.derekmok.com
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 03, 2014 12:02PM
thanks for your wise advice derek--much appreciated!

nicolle
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 03, 2014 12:05PM
hi again derek:

do you think this is a good choice:
[www.amazon.com]

nicolle
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 10, 2014 12:41PM
I've had great success with G-Raid 500GB firewire 800, I edited with it on the go, planes and trains for about 1.5yrs on a personal project, with all render files going to my macbook and it was rock solid, i still use it at home in fact. 1tb size drives are also now down to a very portable size, even 2tb.

I started editing the project on a Lacie 'rugged' drive which failed within 3 months, luckily i'd backed up. Some people have had success with those drives though, but for me and another editor I know we'd never touch them again.

WM,
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 11, 2014 11:20AM
Above all, stay away from BUS-POWERED DRIVES. Sooner or later you'll see your precious timeline go white with offline clips. Your complexion may match.

- Loren

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Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 12, 2014 06:38AM
Actually Loren, my experience as above was 'bus powered', and in my case it was fine, 1.5yrs approx traveling/commuting with the drive and editing off it, trains, subway, planes, with no problems what so ever. Guess I got lucky (?). G-Raid 500gb
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 12, 2014 06:42AM
> and in my case it was fine, 1.5yrs approx traveling/commuting with the drive and editing off it, trains, subway, planes, with no problems what so ever.
> Guess I got lucky (?).

Just because yours lasted 18 months doesn't mean all of them will. Eighteen months is not that long for a drive, either.

Not that the above is a mistake. Bus-powered drives are the only practical solution for that kind of mobile, on-the-run editing. Just don't take them for granted. Backup scrupulously and often, and keep track of the backups.


www.derekmok.com
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 12, 2014 10:11AM
I completely agree, especially after the Lacie failure I was backing up daily or whenever returning home. 18 months isn't long you're right but that was daily use, morning, evening, night and during the day until completion.
Re: Portable or Mini Harddrives Good for Editing with FCP?
February 14, 2014 12:48PM
Even better, find one with a DC adapter for mission-critical work.

- Loren

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