Gear Focus: Western Digital Nomad Rugged Case (a must for being on the road!)
As most traveling directors/cinematographers/videograpers/editors know, data safety on the road is paramount and too often we travel with a fear of ‘data death’ where our beloved digital art ceases to exist. With it comes that nasty feeling of unprofessionalism and ‘how the hell am I going to explain this’. There are so many hard drives out there at the moment but not many ones offer amazing protection in the grand scale of things. There are different sorts of tough drives etc, but at the same time, sometimes you just don’t have the budget for it.
Western Digital have met everyone half way on this with this amazing and affordable piece of protection for the cost-wise My Passport drive. Now there is an endless argument about which company is best when it comes to providing hard drives. For me I have always gone with Western Digital, others disagree, but hard drive horror stories surface on the web easily. The reason behind this is, we all have a hard drive in our lives in one form or another. When you consider the amount of hard drives out there in comparison to failures, it becomes apparent that no one company is perfect and you just need to treat your hard drive like you would your lady (or fella, or whatever it is you like a lot).
So when you combine the western digital ‘my passport’ drive with this protective case, it provides a really cost effective and reliable storage device. To be considered professional with your data storage you need to have at least 2 copies of it with you while shooting or editing. So those of you just about to embark on that level of data protection, this is a good entry level. I myself even take 3 drives on tour sometimes, it really depends on what you feel you are going to encounter and if you have the space. These drives even when in the case fit snugly into your backpack (for me it’s my lowepro fastpak 350) and are ‘bus powered’, so there’s no need to take power cables. That in itself is a godsend when you’re sat on a train or in a van/car/bus and plugs are limited.
The drives themselves that fit in these cases come in 500gb, 1TB or 2TB. These options mean you can suit the capacity to the length of time on the road or the size of the project you’re editing. I’ve recently used one for the transferral of footage from one of my producers after they shot the Basement show at London Underworld. The proof therefore is in the pudding.
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