External Drive for Photo storage

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Brian10956, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Brian10956

    Brian10956 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jul 9, 2017
    I'm Looking for a external HD for storage of my photos(90%) and videos (10%). My laptop is a 15" Dell XPS windows 10 that only has a 250mb solid state drive. I was looking on line and saw a Lacie rugged

    Amazon.com: LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 2TB Portable Hard Drive STEV2000400: Computers & Accessories

    I'm not sure if this is the best choice for storing my work during processing. I am planning on also backing them up on the cloud (need to figure out that also) .
    If some of you more computer savvy people can please let me know exactly which model is the right one to get I would appreciate it.
    If going about this the wrong way and there is a better solution for file storage please let me know.
     
  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Any USB 3.0 Hard drive will work about the same. If you wanted to pay a lot extra for a rugged drive, then that is a good option. But if you plan to handle the drive as carefully as you do your laptop, you don't need it, and you can save about $100.

    I use this one, and it is good for the money: Amazon.com: WD 2TB Blue My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYFT0020BBL-WESN: Computers & Accessories

    I would recommend one that specifically states it is a portable drive. Those do not require any additional power supply. Desktop external hard drives usually come with larger capacity, but require a power brick, making them less friendly for use with a laptop.
     
  3. Brian10956

    Brian10956 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jul 9, 2017
    Thanks for the info I'll check it out and maybe I'll be $100 richer. I know the USB 3.0 is a lot faster than the 2.0 I know the thunderbolt 3( my dell has 1 port) is even faster than 3.0 USB would it be to my advantage to get a thunderbolt drive or is it like buying a car that can go 200 mph vs 120 mph? What I'm asking is the speed offered by thunderbolt really need by an amateur like myself?
     
  4. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    Atlanta
    If USB3 make sure it is USB3 with UASP protocol. That is even faster. If one external library drive, then you may want a second external drive for backup. Needless to say the backup drive needs to be at least the same size as the library drive. Make sure the backup drive is backup all the internal drives plus the external library drive. Any backups to cloud services are just gravy on the potatoes.
     
  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Single HDD themselves are slower than usb 3, so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to worry about 3.1 or thunderbolt. The drive is the bottleneck, not the bus speed.

    If you were going to build a multi disk array using a desktop RAID enclosure, then I would use the fastest bus you can.
     
  6. Brian10956

    Brian10956 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jul 9, 2017
    I just thought of one other question I just got the Olympus em1 mark II . The camera has a USB 3.0 port on it. Can data be transferred directly from camera to the dark Drive or do you need the computer as an interface to do this?
     
  7. Brian10956

    Brian10956 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jul 9, 2017
    On my computer it's a solid state drive not a regular hard drive. Will make the date transfer quicker?
     
  8. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    No, they need a computer in between them.


    No, the speed will be dictated by the slowest component, which will be the hard drive