Gadgets & Gizmos

ARE YOU RUNNING out of storage space on location with lots of video files and high resolution raws? Or do you just want a fast way to store and then quickly access your images. If so, LaCie’s latest Rugged drive could be of interest.The stylish, orange-rubber shelled, portable drives from LaCie have been on film and stills sets for many years and they’re called ‘rugged’ because they’re designed to take the rough and tumble of a working production environment – wherever that might be!

The latest Rugged drive is the RAID Pro 4TB, designed by Neil Poulton (although to be honest, it looks very similar to preceding Rugged drives!). It offers up to 240 MB/s in RAID 0, the configuration designed for speed as it is writing to two drives simultaneously. However, for photographers and video producers who are concerned about having a digital backup, the RAID 1 configuration can be used instead. This halves the capacity of the drive down to around 2TB, but now you have two copies of your files so if one of the drives were to fail, all your work is safe and sound on the second drive.

Of course, both drives are in the one case, so if you lose the case, that’s a problem. Perhaps a second Rugged drive as a separate backup is an even better solution?

The Rugged RAID Pro 4TB has an integrated SD Card Reader, so you can quickly offload content using LaCie’s quick import toolkit. The portable drive also sports the latest USB-C connector and is compatible with both next-generation Thunderbolt 3 computers and backward compatible with USB 3.0.

Of course, the reason the Rugged drives are so popular is because they are shock, dust, crush and water resistant. And to put its money where its mouth is, LaCie includes a 3-Year Limited Warranty with Rescue Data Recovery Services.

For more information and pricing, visit www.lacie.com.au

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