Fast portable SSD storage has really kicked off over the last year or two. We’ve seen Samsung, G-Technology, Glyph and more releasing SSDs offering some pretty crazy transfer speeds. Now, Plugable has joined entered the fray with Thunderbolt 3 1TB and 2TB NVMe SSD options offering up to 2,400MB/sec read and up to 1,800MB/sec write.
The demands placed on portable storage are higher now than they ever were, especially for creatives working in photo and video. We need larger capacities and faster speeds to be able to keep up with those huge raw files and 4K and larger footage. Glyph’s new Atom Pro SSD claims to be the fastest portable SSD out there, offering sustained read and write speeds of 2,800MB/sec and 2,600MB/sec respectively.
We caught up with Glyph at IBC 2019 to find out more about the Atom Pro, and some of the other storage products they were showing off.
With higher megapixel cameras and 4K footage becoming the norm, Raw files and videos are taking up more space than ever before. Large capacity memory cards are cheap enough that you can afford to buy a bunch to keep you going all day. If you own a camera with a dual card slot, then you can shoot your stills backups as you go, but video tends to only save to one card. It’s a lot of data to risk.
Seagate have announced that its popular Backup Plus Portable line of external drives now comes in a 5TB flavour. The company claims that this makes it the world’s highest capacity 2.5 portable hard drive. Based around the same technology as their recently released 5TB BarraCuda hard drive, it fits a lot of data into an even smaller package.
I say “finally”, there used to be a number of them. Back when I shot a pair of D100 bodies back in 2002, I used a 20GB Super Digibin 2 to backup my massive 128MB CompactFlash cards while still out shooting. It was slow and the battery didn’t last very long, but it was reliable and it worked. It allowed me to backup or unload my cards before I got anywhere close to home.
In recent years, such inexpensive and readily available backup solutions seem to have disappeared. There are a few out there, but many are either way out of most budgets, offer very little in the way of user experience, or just aren’t very good. New startup DFi Gear is looking to change that with the Flash Porter. It’s basically a hard drive (or SSD) in a small case with CF, SD and microSD card readers and a great big LCD screen to back up while you’re out and about.