The Best Portable External Hard Drive

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Michael Seneschal says:

I’ve seen photos of that before, but it’s hard to get a reference point… I didn’t realize it was THAT small. That’s amazing

Brittany Swann says:

So nice tiny but so large in storage. Definitely Going to buy something​ like this.

JP dJ says:

I have 5 of these. All 20 drives in RAID 1 sets, in each and all of them. One box for live data, then another backs that up almost synchronously. The newer models have two 1Gbps network connections. Use e.g. one RJ-45 for live data and the other to the backup-network to separate data streams. Forget speedy editing. Ethernet is not that fast, compared to what’s in your workstation. Neither are the CPUs in these. Still, with 5 of these and network volumes on different boxes, each of those has its own CPU to process the NAS load and 10 Ethernet connections in total is less bottlenecked than one extreme server with two connections. The computer in them is like a smartphone with an ARM type CPU. With SSD, each of them draws about 10 Watt max from the mains, so 5 of these consume a lot less AC than one big fat server. Only use NAS certified drives. A regular HDD cannot handle the vibrations from other HDD working at the same time. With SSD make sure to buy the best TWB or only use the volume in case for storing data once without ever deleting and rewriting that data. Extremely satisfied with these: reliable and firmware updates have always been a breeze. In my photo workflow, I copy my RAW shots to a volume, import into LR, then edit with other volumes.With these stores, today’s LR Classic is fast enough for semiprofessional work. Not high-volume commercial work under time pressure, I would say. And I keep the catalogue and scratch volumes on separate SSD in the workstation. As the CPUs are not very powerful, spread steps in the workflow, reading from one, writing to another. No big noise, no big heaters, not a lot of real estate claimed. Very smart. A user below asks, can I edit 4K on them. Without any compression, 30 fps 4K at 3×8 bits color depth would need 5.6 Gbps bandwidth (no) but compressed the number for 60 fps drops to 68 Mbps (yes) – but it will not be fast if repeated data fetches are needed and writes in order to generate a format to the same NAS as used for reading. If you need to be fast, scale horizontally and avoid multi-user load on each of them.

Terrence Chambers says:

Thanks for the info. This is a great suggestion.

O0oOo8oOo0O says:

How loud and hot is this, lol?

sarimner says:

Is not a Portable External Hard Drive.. Is a NAS! not the same thing!

erin green says:

2 55 all im hearing is u dont like connecting portable drive via usb spo u hgot this nas device that doesnt wiork wirelessy that u STILL HAVE TO CONNECT EACH LAPTOP TO IT VIA JUST A DIFFEREMT CAble its a waste OF MONEY BYE NEXT FAIL

Louis Dubé says:

@Fstoppers you should try to use agregation when you can, espacialy with this small router you should increase your speed of reading https://www.synology.com/en-global/knowledgebase/DSM/help/DSM/AdminCenter/connection_network_linkaggr

Rune Stava says:

It is not possible to use Nas with Lightroom, is it?

JP dJ says:

For wireless, just put a USB 3 WiFi adapter in it (check support)

Scott Waldron's Photography Banzai says:

Yep, NAS that uses 2.5″ drives is super appealing even if just for the physical space savings.

Jaime Duncan says:

How fast or slow is ? Does it has gigabit Ethernet ? If the answer is yes (not 10gbit) is one of the slower machines you could posible buy. So I annoy sure that it’s the best. Even if it has 10bit , how are you going to connect it the your laptop ? An adapter ? You will be better with a rugged from Lacie and if you need to share share wireless from the laptop that has the drive.

Chounoki says:

Nowadays who brings these HDD bricks around and dares to call them the best external storage? Weight? transfer speed? stability? free fall proof? power consumption? These HDDs are the worst in all mentioned aspects.

Michael Bobarev says:

ordered it recently. Thanks to #bandh ! 🙂

J. C says:

Raid or Nas?? Idk what to get

Ronald Collins says:

Have a Synology DS416J myself

CipherBytes says:

You recommended Mikrotik. That’s all I needed to hear to know that you know wtf you are talking about. Subscribed.

Years ago, after tons of trial and error, I came to the conclusion the cheapest and easiest method to build a NAS for the home is to use an old PC, put Windows 7 on it, connect one of these external hard drive enclosures, and configure file sharing/security appropriately.

You can have a home NAS up and running in 30 minutes! Best of all, it’s compatible with nearly every device you own. I can connect to my NAS from computers, cell phones, consoles, you name it. All of it is easy and has worked flawlessly for years.

Now some people will cry foul when it comes to RAID. The dirty truth about RAID is that most people don’t need it and it’s completely proprietary from the manufacturer anyway. If your motherboard dies and you buy a different one, you might find you lost your RAID data! So much for that plan! The easiest “hack” method I have used for this is software based synchronization. I run Roadkill’s Unstoppable Copier (freeware) on a daily schedule to copy all changed files to my backup drive. Problem solved! I’ve never lost data by doing this and I’ve never had to rely on RAID. 21TB safe and secure.

Hu Ko says:

Very helpful, thanks!

Adrian Schwizgebel says:

SSD drives… think about it 😛

Geforce are for n00bs and CHILDREN. I use Quadro to edit 10-bit content says:

I do have an unlimited budget, and I use SAS3 12Gb HDDs and SSDs that have an astronomical price. They’re even more expensive than enterprise class U.2 NVMe.

American Expat In The Philippines says:

Will somebody buy this for me, please

lenn55 says:

does that have 1 or 10Gb ethernet?

villain says:

Robbery.

Tino Frappucino says:

How about the power ??

Jan PhD says:

I just bought the Drobo 5D 20TB 5-Bay device, so far it has excellent performance.

Black3ternity says:

Please, for the love of god – keep in mind that you should ALWAYS use RAID5 or 10 (if your NAS allows it) in a NAS that has more than 2 hard drives.
It is more secure – albeit a bit slower. RAID 0 is just stupid because if one HD fails, it’s game over.
RAID 1 just wastes way too much space due to the fact that it uses 50% of the total capacity as redundancy.
RAID5 takes – 1. With 4 disks, you have the sum of 3 HDs for storage. That is way better in terms of redundancy and storage.

cualityu says:

Stifler xd

Crazy Will Tech Show says:

Thank man good info.. I want one!

kaede19xx says:

have the old version, the cpu is pretty slow. otherwise is a very nice nas

The House of RB26 says:

I’d like to see you work directly off the unit via ethernet without bridging the 2x ports… slow…

TheCowLand says:

you need to fix that wobbly table

Bryan Chua says:

physically smaller, 2.5″ hard drives have lesser storage too

valcked says:

Checkout the QNAP TBS-453A – ultra slim with up to 4x M.2 drives in raid, built-in 4x GBe port switch (5 ports in total), SDcard Slot + 2x USB3 for direct copy, can run of an external powerbank, 2x HDMI ports for direct visualization from the NAS for video, photo, etc. Can run Virtual Machines, and with keyboard and mouse connect can be used on itself. Runs native a standard Linux + the QNAP OS (NAS OS), supports docker Apps and native Linux Apps. Allows sharing the content of USB and SDCard sources on the network as well.

The best music videos on YouTube! says:

Your table is quite unstable =)

Asponexl says:

Awesome

killyamomz says:

Is this practical for a mobile dj to carry around for music storage (serato)?

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