October 16, 2014 at 9:55AM


Data management

I am planning on getting the AJA CION in a few months and I plan to record 4K RAW into the Ki Pro Quad at 24fps. I know I'm dealing with a ton of data; my question is what is my best option for an external storage and backup to handle several hours of footage? I was thinking of getting a couple of WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 8TB External Hard Drives (one for dumping data on set and one for backup).


It's better have a mirror 8 TB storage, for have all duplicate. They cost about 600 - 700 dolars but it's worth.

October 17, 2014 at 2:56AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Having a mirror storage is good but remember that even if you have two discs in one box you still have ONE box. So for example, if this box is stolen from you you'll lose all your data.
No matter what disc you buy, if you want real safety your back-up disc shouldn't be in the same "box" as your master. Always have at least two seperate volume that contain your data (one at home and one at your office for example)

Thomas Bazin

October 26, 2014 at 3:17PM

Cheapest, easiest, best thing you can do? Get an external Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 drive dock and buy 4TB bare hard drives. Make sure all footage is on 2 of them; plenty of these docks will hold 2 drives at a time and some will have standalone duplication functionality.

Don't be fooled by expensive storage systems. Just make sure you make 2 copies on set.

October 23, 2014 at 4:27PM, Edited October 23, 4:26PM

Daniel Keywan Hollister
Video Game High School

This is exactly what I do, editing off one over usb 3 with a 7200rpm drive while archiving on slower ones that run at lower temps. Works fantastic as the harddrives aren't even fast enough to saturate usb 3.0 unless you get SSDs. ALWAYS make sure the footage is in at least two places at once, and backup the project files often as random data loss really does happen for any reason, just lost a TB from a premiere crash spontaneously last week on the edit drive, but it was ok because there were backups.

Josiah Duncan

October 29, 2015 at 9:48AM

seagate 8tb since 250$ each one. a 5900 speed storage disk born to storage.
between a usb 3.0 and esata dock i backup 480 gb from ssd (bmpc 4k raw footage) to each 8tb disk since in 60-70 minutes.
I have a nas sharkoon 8 bay, 8 x 8 tb = 32tb in double copy.
all disk work like single, to avoid trouble or mistake from raid damage (in past i had too much problem).
I can backup where i have energy to put my notebook and my nas On.
Where i not have energy i can backup with my notebook on second internal disk (2tb) easely with simple flying usb 3.0 dock.
i use raw4pro software that manage double copy of my data with check, create dailies in different format from prores to dnxhd to CineformRaw.

November 16, 2015 at 2:27AM, Edited November 16, 2:27AM

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Director (with strong tech knowledge)

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