Making a film – no matter how long or short, no matter its budget – is a long, difficult process. To make sure you get the best results, you need to combine your knowledge and skills with the best equipment you can get your hands on. As you shoot your film, you need to ensure all of your footage is stored safely – luckily, in this digital age, you now have more options to back-up your work and keep it secure than ever. Back in the days of VHS, making your own film meant carrying a bulky camera, and needing two VCRs to transfer from one tape to another – now, you can transfer data in just a few clicks.
At eProvided, we know storage devices. As data recovery specialists, we’ve seen just how devastated people can be when they believe they’ve lost valuable data – especially if months of recording and editing appear to have vanished for good. In this blog, we take a look at the range of digital video storage options for your film, to make sure your hard work stays as safe as possible.
Using External Hard Drives
While you may think just storing your footage on your desktop PC or laptop’s hard drive may be enough, you do run a risk of losing this data should the computer sustain substantial damage – it’s always worth backing up your footage to another drive. Multiple types of external drives are available, offering robust, reliable extra storage – choosing the right one for your needs and budget is key.
Some external drives are portable – ideal for backing-up in the field. Once you’re done with the day’s shooting, simply hook the drive up to your laptop and transfer the files over – nice and easy. This way, if something happens to your camera or internal hard drive, you know the day’s work is still safe.
Which External Drives are Best for you?
Depending on your budget and filmmaking needs, choosing the right external drive for your project may seem difficult, but we’ve taken a look at the range available to provide a pick of the top options below.
Seagate Backup Plus Desktop
This is a great drive, designed for fast, robust backup storage, with a fast USB 3.0 interface, and an amazing 5TB capacity. At 4.6in wide and 7.2in high, this may not be the smallest or most lightweight hard drive, but it offers more space than you’ll likely ever need, as well as great transfer speeds.
LaCie 5big Thunderbolt
This is an incredible external hard drive, with a high-performance Thunderbolt cable and support for RAID 1 and RAID 0, but is only compatible with Macs. This also offers 10TB capacity, which – while not as much as the previous model – is still an exceptional amount of space, more than enough for your current project. This is pretty expensive, but well worth the cost.
The WD My Book Duo
For storing your video footage, this is one of the only desktop external drives to feature an in-built USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports. Thanks to its RAID hardware, internal drives can be replaced easily, to boost capacity. Various options are available, at budget-friendly prices to suit the amount of backup space you need.
LaCie Christofle Sphere
This is a gorgeous piece of tech, which you may not even believe is a humble external drive. With a stunning silver finish, this has a fast USB 3.0 performance, this offers just 1TB of space – this may pale in comparison to some other capacities, but this will suit most filmmakers working on a small number of short projects at a time. Thanks to its compact build, it can easily be transported from one place to another when you need to backup away from base.
Whichever external hard drive you choose, trust eProvided to help you recover any lost data in an emergency. No matter how bad the damage, no matter what type of storage device, no matter how hopeless you think retrieving your files is, our experts will be able to help.