The best types of hard drives for all stages of video production

by Kate O’Connor Morris
One of the major risks in the world of video content is The Great Fear: Losing all your work. If it’s not backed up properly, an entire shoot can be a total wash. The good thing is, we now have tons of tech options and practices that can duplicate and save valuable work.
We reached out to Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, of storage solutions powerhouse company OWC, to help us gather the right hardware for every type of video situation. Read on for Larry’s best practices for storage and his recommendations for keeping your project safe every step of the way.

A brief glossary of hard drives

Hard disk drives (HDD) are the most common and recognizable storage devices used by computers and external drives over the past several decades.

Solid state drives (SSD) are similar to the HDD, but use flash memory with no moving parts inside.

Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is a communication standard specifically built to optimize flash technology performance to deliver faster SSD performance via PCIe. 

OK, onto the gear 


With all the key details that can make or break a project — script, casting, location scouting, equipment and crew needed — you need to make sure your “pre-pro” work is accessible yet protected. Save early and save often, and choose storage devices that are high-capacity and lower cost. 

Envoy Pro EX with USB-C

$119.00 — $479.00

Best for: Location scouting or off-site visits with clients
This sleek dust-proof, waterproof design fits into your pocket, making it both durable and versatile. 



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