Recommended External Hard Drives For Students

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Description and Specifications

Pricing and Distributor

LaCie-Rugged

500GB to 1TB External

1-USB 3.0

1-Thunderbolt

Portable Hard Drive

Disk RPM: 7200

Max Data Transfer Rate: 5Gbps

Recommended for general storage, image storage, backup and light video/audio editing.

Price Range: $74.99-$229

 

Distributors:

Amazon.com

Bhphotovideo.com

BestBuy.com

 

G-Technology - G-DRIVE mobile 1TB External

Dual FireWire 800

USB 3.0/2.0 interfaces;

Disk RPM: 7200

Max Data Transfer Rate: 5Gbps

Recommended for general storage, image storage, backue and light video/audio editing.

Price Range: $89-$160

 

Distributors:

Amazon.com

Bhphotovideo.com

Niche Video Products 

MacMall

 

Buffalo – Drive Station Combo 4 1TB External USB 2.0/eSATA

1 mini USB 2.0

1 eSATA,

1 FireWire 400

2 FireWire 800 interfaces

Disk RPM: 7200

Max Data Transfer Rate: 6Gbps

Recommended for use with Avid, ProTools and Premiere editing.

Price Range: $94-$129

 

Distributors:

Amazon.com

Bhphotovideo.com

BestBuy.com

Newegg.com

Tigerdirect.com

 

G-Technology - G-DRIVE mini

1TB or 2TB External

Dual FireWire 800

USB 3.0/2.0 interfaces;

Disk RPM: 7200

Max Data Transfer Rate: 6Gbps

Recommended use with Avid, ProTools and Premiere editing.

Price Range: $179-$249

 

Distributors:

Amazon.com

Bhphotovideo.com

Niche Video Products 

MacMall

 

The technical support staff has evaluated these devices as a good fit for MCOM students and the program requirements. Other brands and models may work but please use the above specifications. All external drive choices should have USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt connections. The selected drive needs to have an minimum disk RPM of 7200. RPM specification does not apply to solid-state drives. Solid-state drives should have a minimum data rate of 6Gbps to qualify for use with Avid, ProTools and Premiere editing applications.

* All Drives will need to be formated OSX Extended Journaled to work with Editing Applications. This will make the hard drive unreadable to a Windows Computer so you may choose to dual partition the drives with one partition for MAC OSX and one partition for windows.

 

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