We round up some of the best external hard drives for video editing on the market right now
1. LaCie DJI Copilot Portable Hard Drive
Designed specifically to allow drone shooters to store their footage and keep on shooting, the LaCie DJI Copilot Portable Hard Drive can use its SD slot and USB port to copy files straight from devices – no need to lug a laptop along. If you download the BOSS Copilot app to your phone you can also review and manage your footage on the go. The 2TB of storage makes it a handy temporary home for 4K footage, and it’s also hardy enough to cope with outdoor work, even in poor weather.
LaCie DJI Copilot Portable Hard Drive - 2TB
2. G-Technology Atomos Master Caddy
From G-Technology, the Atomos Master Caddy hard drives have been tailored for those using a workflow based around an Atomos recorder such as the Ninja Inferno, able to insert directly into the recorder for convenience and portability. They are available as SSD versions and in different sizes with super-fast transfer speeds optimised for 4K, or a 1TB HDD version optimised for HD.
G-Technology Atomos Master Caddy 4K - 256GB
G-Technology Atomos Master Caddy 4K - 512GB
G-Technology Atomos Master Caddy 4K 2000GB Black
G-Technology Atomos Master Caddy HD - 1TB
3. Lacie Rugged RAID Thunderbolt USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
This dual-drive unit can be configured to work in a couple of ways. Either you can use the full extent of its 4TB capacity for all of your files, or you can set it to duplicate everything across each of the two drives to thereby provide yourself with an extra layer of redundancy in case of drive failure. The Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connections allow for fast transfer speeds, and LaCie Setup Assistant lets you get up and shooting nice and quickly.
Lacie Rugged RAID Thunderbolt USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - 4TB
4. G-Technology 1TB G-Drive Mobile USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive
With 1TB of space and a healthy dose of speed, this hard drive from G-Technology is also sleek and stylish and nicely compact, weighing under 295g. Ideal for smaller projects and users shooting with compact rigs, the generous space and speed of this drive mean it’ll be useful for a host of filmmakers and video-focused creatives.
G-Technology 1TB G-Drive Mobile USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive
5. Delkin 1TB RhinoDrive Portable Hard Drive
Thanks to its solid state construction, the 1TB RhinoDrive from Delkin boasts transfer speeds of up to 400MB/s. It’s also built with a silicone bumper surrounding its rubberised metal body, allowing it to take a few bumps and knocks, making it a great choice for the action-oriented or outdoor filmmaker. It’ll travel well, and is protected against moisture and the weather.
Delkin 1TB RhinoDrive Portable Hard Drive