Storage Mon, 18 Feb 19 02:02:20 -0700 Storage en-CA SSD FAQ, Selecting SSD for video editing tasks topic Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:05:18 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21563@/talks/discussions Topic dedicated only to compact and useful info on selecting proper SSD drive.

Sony TOUGH SD Cards Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:07:57 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20341@/talks/discussions image

  • World’s toughest SD card is bend proof and drop proof
  • World’s first one-piece molding structure for strength and hardness
  • Ribless and switchless design ensures there are no fragile components
  • World’s fastest read speed up to 300MB/s and write speed up to 299MB/s
  • Waterproof and dustproof world-class ratings of IPX8and IP6X respectively
  • Keep your work safe with the SD Scan Utility and File Rescue Software

Sony today announced a brand new innovation in storage media with the launch of the “SF-G series TOUGH specification”UHS-II SD card. Addressing the needs of photographers who are reliant upon their photographs remaining safe when their SD cards are removed from the camera, the new SF-G series TOUGH specification range combines the world’s fastest read and write speeds with an ultra-rugged design that is bend proof to 180N, and drop proof to 5 meters. For photographers who are fighting against the elements to get the perfect shot, the SF-G series TOUGH specification range of SD cards are also waterproof with an IPX8 rating and dustproof with an IP6X rating.

The new SF-G series TOUGH specification range of SD cards are 18 times stronger than the SD standard[ix] with world’s first monolithic structure (one-piece molding, no empty space in the card) and materials of high-grade hardness, unlike conventional SD cards with a thin, 3-part ensemble. They are protected against typical physical damage that can affect conventional SD cards such as a broken plastic casing, broken data protection lock and broken connector ribs. This has been achieved through a new means that it is the world’s first rib-less SD card with no write protection switch. These developments ensure that the SF-G series TOUGH specification is more resistant to bending and easy to break parts are removed entirely and has been engineered by Sony to deliver the best balance of hardness and toughness. Completely sealed with one-piece molding structure, no water drop, dust or dirt is not allowed to come into the card, meeting highest grade of waterproof (IPX8) and dustproof(IP6X).

Unleash the power of the camera

In an industry trend, driven by Sony, full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the α9 and α7 series are packing in more and more performance in both stills and video performance. These high-end cameras rely on fast memory cards to maximise their performance and with professional photographers now using SD cards more frequently, users are demanding the levels of reliability and durability associated with other professional card types. With the world’s fastest write speed of up to 299MB/s, buffer clearing time is minimised. This allows the photographer to shoot many frames per second and capture the action that they want. The SF-G series TOUGH specification range also supports V90, the highest standard of video speed class, making it an ideal companion for shooting high resolution video.

Furthermore, transferring high capacity photo and video files is made simple with the SF-G series TOUGH specification, thanks to a read speed of up to 300MB/s. This is another world’s fastest which dramatically enhances workflow efficiency after the shooting is all wrapped up. In a further acknowledgement of the practical needs of photographers, the SF-G series TOUGH specification range feature bright yellow banding design, making the card easier to spot in dark shooting conditions.

Ultimate Assurance

SF-G series TOUGH specification SD cards offer a series of further features, designed to give photographers peace of mind. These include an ‘SD Scan Utility’ which allows the user to check that the card is good condition and File Rescue Software[x] which can recover data and photos that might have accidentally been deleted. Furthermore, SF-G series TOUGH specification SD cards are also X-ray proof, magnet proof, anti-static, temperature proof and feature UV Guard.

Pricing and Availability

The SF-G TOUGH series of memory cards will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. They will launch in Europe from October. Full product details are available at:

SSD disks and NAND memory price watch Tue, 28 Aug 2012 05:00:18 -0600 goanna 4389@/talks/discussions image

Why SATA development stopped? Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:48:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21436@/talks/discussions Let's look at SATA 3.0 - native transfer rate is 6.0 Gbit/s; 8b/10b encoding, maximum uncoded transfer rate is 4.8 Gbit/s (600 MB/s).

This is using two differential pairs:



Let's check PCIe that Thunderbolt is using.

PCIe 2.0 standard doubles the transfer rate compared with PCIe 1.0 to 5 GT/s and the per-lane throughput rises from 250 MB/s to 500 MB/s.

PCI Express 3.0 carry a bit rate of 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), PCI Express 3.0 upgrades the encoding scheme to 128b/130b from the previous 8b/10b encoding, reducing the bandwidth overhead from 20% of PCI Express 2.0 to approximately 1.54%. PCI Express 3.0's 8 GT/s bit rate effectively delivers 985 MB/s per lane, nearly doubling the lane bandwidth relative to PCI Express 2.0

A x1 connection, the smallest PCIe connection, has one lane made up of four wires.

So, even years ago we had perfectly ready method to get 985 MB/s per lane, could even add internal switch for controller to go into PCIe mode using same wires.


So, decision to stop SATA development had been intentional and not based on any real limits for now, just wanted to drop compatibility layers and simplify interface.

Samsung made 1TB UFS chip for smartphones Wed, 30 Jan 2019 06:47:53 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21432@/talks/discussions


Samsung Electronics announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first one-terabyte (TB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1, for use in next-generation mobile applications. Just four years after introducing the first UFS solution, the 128-gigabyte (GB) eUFS, Samsung has passed the much-anticipated terabyte threshold in smartphone storage. Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC, without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards.


“The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices,” said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “What’s more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market.”

Within the same package size (11.5mm x 13.0mm), the 1TB eUFS solution doubles the capacity of the previous 512GB version by combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung’s most advanced 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash memory and a newly developed proprietary controller. Smartphone users will now be able to store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840×2160) format, whereas the 64GB eUFS widely used in many current high-end smartphones is capable of storing 13 videos of the same size.

The 1TB eUFS also possesses exceptional speed, allowing users to transfer large amounts of multimedia content in significantly reduced time. At up to 1,000 megabytes per second (MB/s), the new eUFS features approximately twice the sequential read speed of a typical 2.5-inch SATA solid state drive (SSD). This means that 5GB-sized full HD videos can be offloaded to an NVMe SSD in as fast as five seconds, which is 10 times the speed of a typical microSD card. Furthermore, the random read speed has increased by up to 38 percent over the 512GB version, clocking in at up to 58,000 IOPS. Random writes are 500 times faster than a high-performance microSD card (100 IOPS), coming in at up to 50,000 IOPS. The random speeds allow for high-speed continuous shooting at 960 frames per second and will enable smartphone users to take full advantage of the multi-camera capabilities in today and tomorrow’s flagship models.

Samsung plans to expand the production of its fifth-generation 512Gb V-NAND at its Pyeongtaek plant in Korea throughout the first half of 2019 to fully address the anticipated strong demand for the 1TB eUFS from mobile device manufacturers around the world.

Optane for video editing, specifically 900p 280G Fri, 25 Jan 2019 04:38:04 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21389@/talks/discussions


Original price $389 dropped to $284 (2.5" version with cable is $269) and can go lower soon.

Yes, you can get NVMe SSD with high sustained write read/speed, but you can't get SSD drive with such high random read and such low latency.


  • High Random Read And Write Performance
  • High Performance At Low Queue Depths
  • High Simultaneous Read And Write Performance
  • High Read And Write Performance At Small Capacity Points
  • High Performance Maintained As The Drive Fills
  • Heavy Workloads That Cause Drive Wear And Require High Endurance



Especially with heavy apps ala Adobe and Resolve you get different feeling.

Note that small 32GB M.2 Optane drives can be got locally now for ala $25-35 and are ideal drive for editing individual H.264/HEVC small projects.

Also suggest good software - Teracopy, can just set editing path on such drive as favorite and copy with one click from any NVMe SSD.


Putting multiple NVMe M2 SSDs Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:30:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21377@/talks/discussions Actually it is not so simple as you initially can think.

Let's get for example AM4 consumer CPUs - Ryzen chips have 24 pcie v3.0 lines.
4x goes to NVMe slot of board (Intel lacks this). 16x go to GPU - and this one on A320 and B350/450 can't be split (aka bifurcation), to force MB makers to buy more expensive chipsets for SLI.
4x is left for the chipset (on Intel it is same, see below).


Now go into Intel consumer CPUs.



DMI 3.0, released in August 2015, allows the 8 GT/s transfer rate per lane, for a total of four lanes and 3.93 GB/s for the CPU–PCH link.

In August 2007, PCI-SIG announced that PCI Express 3.0 would carry a bit rate of 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s)

So DMI 3.0 is PCIe 3.0 4x. And all this nice looking premium MB's actually share same actual 20x PCIe 3.0 lines.

Now back to our storage things with many NVMe drives. Ideally we want to have as much PCIe lines as possible to keep fast copy between any of them and allowing fast copy via 10Gb network adapter (and this one also eat lines a lot, you need PCIe v2.0 x4 at least for one port!).

For all chipsets that allow bifurcation of PCIe x16 GPU slot we must leave x8 only for GPU if it is editing/grading machine.
For storage machine it is best to avoid external GPU and go with build in one if you need it, so all x16 lines will be available.

For example Threadripper has 60 PCIe lines - x48 lanes for GPUs, x12 for I/O.

Now to our solutions, from top to bottom.

ASmedia 2824 based solutions. PCIe 3.0 x16/x8 into 4x PCIe 3.0 x4 or pair of PCIe 3.0 x4.



Expensive thing, $232


Can also look at 2x variant -

Cheaper options requiring MB support


Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card from $65 -

ASROCK M. 2 SSD Upgrade Board from $120 -

These are dumb cards requiring MB to split PCIe slot aka PCIe bifurcation (and make proper RAID, if necessary).
On AMD it is usually for x399 Threadripper chipset only.

Cheapest option - use direct connection and one NVMe SSD per one slot


Can be with bracket or fully internal and compact. Best to use in x4 mode slots, so Intel chipsets usually work better (on AMD 3rd and more wide slots drop to PCIe 2.0 speeds).


Cots is below $5

XferMax - Quick SD/XQD/CF Express cards backup solution Sun, 20 Jan 2019 06:48:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21358@/talks/discussions image

  • Card slots built-in: CF/CFast/SDXC, no external card reader needed
  • Copy speed up to 140MB/s, when SSD installed
  • Easy to install/uninstall HDD or batteries
  • Memory card file format: FAT32 - exFAT (individual file is larger than 4GB)
  • USB Port - 1x USB3.0 and 1x USB2.0
  • Price around $499 at
  • Will be available also at

Lexar 1TB SD Card Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:53:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21302@/talks/discussions image

Can be that it is made on QLC 3D chips, so sustained write is horrible 30MB/s. Read speed can be up to 95MB/s.

And price is $499 (around 5x times of same size SSD!)

Failed drive? Tue, 01 Jan 2019 17:21:49 -0700 EspenB 21238@/talks/discussions I have a Core 2 8200 @ 2,33 GHz CPU which have only been used sporadically to read mail since I upgraded to another PC 4 years ago.

But while it still works, its agonisingly slow every time it accesses the hard drive. 1 TB WD Green (WD10EACS-65D6B0)

It takes forever to load a prg or video file for playback.

I finally fired up WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics prog and started a quick scan. Which was supposed to go for 2 min, but after 15 min it was still lingering around 80 per cent completion only. SMART status is ok.

The drive is probably toast?

I fired up the EXTENDED TEST to run during the night.

Make sure to get Samsung EVO SSD on sales, replacement QVO is real shit Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:49:29 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20994@/talks/discussions image

Yes, sustained write much slower than HDD. Below 75Mb/sec.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:05:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18693@/talks/discussions

Samsung X5 SSD - watch how they are ripping you off Wed, 28 Nov 2018 03:07:45 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21004@/talks/discussions Nice package, thunderbold 3, etc


Price for 1TB on sale is $599, 500gb is $299


Inside we have cheap controller and.. Samsung 970 EVO NVME SSD

With prices of $289 for 1TB and $119 for 500GB (and they are falling fast)


So, best idea for such designs is to get cheapest option, and change SSD inside to large one you need.

If you are ok with USB 3.1 Gen2 speeds can just get enclosure on for around $20.

Sony ATOM X SSDmini for ATOMOS Recorders Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:32:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21144@/talks/discussions image

Sony is pleased to introduce 3 new professional ATOM X SSDmini products designed for use in ATOMOS recorders. As film makers production use of DSLR and mirrorless cameras increase, the new ATOM X SSDmini can easily attach to the Atomos line of products which helps to eliminate the cameras internal compression and time limits. The ATOM X SSDmini snaps off the back and the content is edit ready, stored securely on the SSD drive.

  • SV-MGS50/BT 500GB SSD $199.90
  • SV-MGS1T/BT 1TB SSD $379.90
  • SV-MGS2T/BT 2TB SSD $759.90


  • Special design for the Ninja V and fits other ATOMOS products1
  • Up to 550MB/s Read Speed and up to 500MB/s Write Speed2
  • Certified to support all codecs of Atomos products
  • Delivers reliable recording without frame drop out
  • Highly durable connector which passed testing of 3,000 times of repeated insertion and removal test3
  • Shock Resistance: up to 1500 G / 0.5ms
  • Interface: SATA 3 (6Gbps)
  • Dimensions: 80.0 X 75.5 X 7.8mm
  • Weight: 88g
  • Warranty: Three (3) year
Lacie DJI Copilot Backup Storage System Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:21:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20934@/talks/discussions

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data storage solutions, today announced a range of new products at the CES 2018 conference designed to equip the world’s increasingly mobile population with solutions that solve key challenges they face when creating, processing and accessing their data on-the-go.

“Our world is becoming more data-centric, connected and mobile. This means creating, transferring, storing and accessing data quickly and reliably is critical to unlocking the potential of everything – from data created in the field, to data powering self-driving cars, AI personal assistants or virtual and mixed reality experiences,” said Tim Bucher, senior vice president of Seagate consumer solutions. “At Seagate, we’re constantly pursuing innovative ways to address our customer needs so they can gain a competitive edge in whichever field they play.”

For example, videographers who want to capture footage in the field can now streamline their on-set workflow thanks to the second product offering from Seagate’s strategic partnership with DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, which looks to advance data solutions for the UAV ecosystem. The new LaCie® DJI Copilot, with design by Neil Poulton, is a complete backup on-set solution – enabling drone users to quickly ingest and review their content in full resolution without a PC. This changes the game by allowing creative professionals and consumers to playback, copy and manage their drone footage from their mobile device without the hassle of leaving the field or booting up a computer. Users can quickly connect and reference the built-in screen to initiate direct file transfer from an SD card to LaCie DJI Copilot – without the need of a laptop or a mobile network. The Copilot BOSS (Back-up On-Set Solution) app by LaCie allows users to playback video in full resolution as well as manage and organize files with their mobile phone or tablet, and a built-in power bank recharges your mobile devices. With 2000GB (2TB) of storage, the LaCie DJI Copilot enables users to easily store up to 65 hours of 4K 30fps video footage and 20K+ RAW photos. The LaCie DJI Copilot’s street price in the U.S. will be $349 and will be shipping in the spring.

Another challenge facing many mobile users today is extending the storage and battery life of their smartphones so they can capture, access and view content for longer periods of time. For consumers in China and Indonesia – two countries with some of the highest concentrations of smartphones on the planet – owners of Android mobile devices can significantly extend the battery life and capacity of their smartphone or tablet with the new Seagate® Joy Drive. Whether consumers are on their morning commute or just out with friends, the Seagate Joy Drive enables them to access videos and other content anywhere, without the need for a WiFi connection or cellular service. Available first in China this March through an exclusive partnership with JingDong, one of China’s largest online retailers, the Seagate Joy Drive is available in 1000GB (1TB) capacity and has a street price in China of 660 CNY ($99). Seagate is also evaluating potential future markets and partners for this product.

In the meantime, on-the-go consumers worldwide can keep their files and lives in motion with the new Seagate® Fast SSD – an ultra-portable flash drive that teams fast performance of up to 540MB/s transfer rates, with shock-resistance and USB-C connectivity. Users can backup or sync their content using Seagate’s new Toolkit software. The Seagate Fast SSD is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and has a street price in the U.S. of $99, $169 and $349, respectively and will be shipping in the spring.

Data security is one more growing concern for anyone using a mobile device. To address this challenge, Seagate is introducing the latest addition to its popular line of LaCie Rugged drives: the LaCie Rugged® Secure. Built to withstand all-terrain extreme conditions from photo shoots in sub-zero temperatures to repeated drops on hard studio floors, the Rugged Secure, with design by Neil Poulton, is the first Rugged drive to include hardware encryption using Seagate Secure™ technology. This new drive gives creative professionals and other users peace of mind that they can control access to their content. A simple disconnection of Rugged Secure from a computer will automatically lock the drive and access to the data stored and will remain password-protected via new Toolkit software. The LaCie Rugged Secure street price in the U.S. will be $139 for 2TB and will be shipping in the spring.

And for creative professionals and enthusiasts looking to try out the latest graphic design and video editing software from Adobe Systems, an expanded partnership between Adobe and Seagate now provides limited-time, no-cost access to Adobe’s latest applications bundled with popular Seagate and LaCie drives. Two new offerings available immediately include two complimentary months of the “Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan” (worth $19.98) – which features the new cloud-based photo service, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC – across the full range of Seagate Backup Plus and LaCie Porsche Design devices, as well as packaging one complimentary month of the “Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan” (worth $74.99) – which features Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC and much more – with all LaCie Rugged, LaCie d2 and LaCie big devices.

For more details, come ‘get your game on’ during CES 2018 in the Seagate Experience Zone at The Venetian. There you’ll find interactive product demos and live experiences that showcase how the latest Seagate and partner technologies are teaming up to unlock the potential of creative workflows, smart home technologies, gaming, edge computing and more. We’ll also be joined at CES by our partners including Adobe, Blackmagic, CyArk, DJI, Grab Games, ioSafe and Synology. You’ll be right in the middle of the action as you explore a hands-on studio for creative professionals, a drone stadium and a future technologies pavilion. You can also find more information on new products at:

Lacie Rugged RAID Pro Mobile Portable Hard Drive Thu, 22 Nov 2018 02:39:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20949@/talks/discussions

Samsung 512GB Evo Micro SDXC Card Tue, 04 Dec 2018 06:27:30 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21046@/talks/discussions image

Speed must be same as lower size cards - at around 90-100Mb for reading and writing.

Sony 300MB/s SD Cards Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:56:34 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16493@/talks/discussions image

  • SF-G series memory cards
  • UHS-II compatible
  • 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions
  • Available in March 2017
Lacie 2big Dock, Thunderbolt 3 2-Bay RAID Storage Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:59:26 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20902@/talks/discussions

Product page -


Today LaCie announced the next evolution of its popular 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. Now with Thunderbolt™ 3 technology, the LaCie® 2big Dock delivers fast speeds and massive capacity, making it a powerhouse tool for photographers and videographers. Designed by Neil Poulton, the LaCie 2big Dock is also a sleek yet powerful docking station that provides ports for connecting other devices, a feature that many laptops have sacrificed in recent years. Through a single cable, the LaCie 2big Dock simplifies and centralizes the desktop by directly connecting to a laptop, SD Cards, Compact Flash Cards and other devices. The result is a simplified, more efficient creative workflow.

Creative professionals juggle massive amounts of data and tight timelines, so capacity and speed are critical. With up to 20TB of storage—a twenty five percent increase over the previous version—the LaCie 2big Dock offers professionals enough space for large video and photo libraries including up to 650 hours of 4K 30fps footage* or 200,000 raw images**. With speeds of up to 440MB/s, users can transfer one hour of 4K footage in one minute***. It also means almost zero lag time when browsing photo libraries in Adobe® Lightroom. Working with compressed 4K or HD footage, videographers can edit quickly and smoothly in Adobe Premiere®Pro.

More than storage, the LaCie 2big Dock is a powerful docking station that helps photographers and videographers simplify their workflows. Front-facing SD and CF Card slots allow the pro to directly ingest files off memory cards from a drone, DSLR, GoPro® and other devices into Adobe Lightroom or Premiere Pro. The USB 3.0 hub charges a phone or connects a shuttle drive or digital camera to offload footage or files. Via DisplayPort, professionals can connect the LaCie 2big Dock to high-resolution 720-1080p or even 4K displays. Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports can also power a compatible laptop while simultaneously daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt or one USB-C drive. Plus, the USB 3.1 port enables universal compatibility with USB-C and USB 3.0 computers via the included adapter cable. Thunderbolt 2 compatibility is also possible with an adapter (sold separately).

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K with External NVME SSD Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:55:27 -0600 NickBen 20669@/talks/discussions WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE- First Test:

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K with External NVME SSD

Question: Can you finally record RAW uncompressed 60fps 4K DCI externally to an NVME SSD?

JMicron JMS583 image


"No Card" Present... OUCH.

Let's hope Blackmagic Design issues a firmware update soon to accept NVME external drives via USB...

PS. If you have another NVME drive and USB C Gen 2 10Gbps enclosure that works with the BMPCC4K , please join in the topic...


Contender #1. Samsung 970 EVO 500GB with SEQUENTIAL WRITE : Up to 2,300 MB/s

Drobo 8D Direct Attached Storage Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:21:38 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20888@/talks/discussions

Today, Drobo, a wholly owned subsidiary of StorCentric, is pleased to announce the launch of the new Drobo 8D, Direct Attached Storage (DAS) Solution. The 8D is the first new product launched after the StorCentric acquisition and reflects StorCentric’s commitment to building world-class customer centric storage products. The 8D has the feature set needed to supercharge creative workflows and act as primary storage for SMBs requiring reliable, easy to use, high capacity solutions. Features include:

  • 8 Bays, Two Thunderbolt™ 3 Ports
  • 128TB Volume Support
  • First Drobo With NEW Intelligent Volume Management
  • Supports Two, 4K Monitors or One, 5K monitor
  • First 8 Bay With Rear Slot Accelerator Bay
  • Dual Fans for Cooling Efficiency
  • Internal Power Supply

Bigger. Better. Bolder.

The 8D is designed with the Drobo legacy of maintaining a radically simplified storage experience, while keeping the customer requirements in mind. The expanding information growth for end users, and the need for lightning fast speed for data transfer and digital image and video editing is the foundation for the 8D.

The 8D can support volume sizes of up to 128TB with a total storage pool of 256TB. This is the largest capacity for a direct attached Drobo, and the 8D is compatible with the latest 14TB HDDs now available on the market, with room to grow. The 8D intelligently combines both HDDs and SSDs in the front slots to deliver both capacity and performance, as well as Data Aware-Tiering to accelerate both read and write performance. The 8D also comes equipped with a Drobo Accelerator Bay found on the rear panel for SSD use, enabling Hot Data Caching to deliver performance boosts for popular applications such as Apple’s Final Cut, Adobe Lightroom, and Photoshop.

New to the Drobo product line is the Intelligent Volume Management technology available on the 8D. This technology combines the flexibility of manual volume configuration with the convenience of Drobo’s legendary automation, allowing for separation of file systems as customer needs dictate.

“The 8D is the product that our customers have asked for and need,” said StorCentric CEO, Mihir Shah. "The 8D was built on the immense popularity and demand of the 8 bay DroboPro. Creative professionals will experience the editing power for media rich, high resolution workflows, while the simplicity of the 8D will maximize limited resources for SMBs. The self-management features save time and money and provide an affordable entry point for all end users and allows for a ‘pay as you grow’ model for expanding data needs.”

The Power to Transform Workflows

Drobo continues to address the needs of creative professionals who need reliable and scalable storage solutions to back up and edit their data, while utilizing the most current and versatile interface on the market.

“With dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the new Drobo 8D delivers the performance and speed for today’s demanding creative and data-intensive workflows,” said Jason Ziller, General Manager, Client Connectivity Division at Intel. “We are proud to see Thunderbolt 3 technology continue to offer the fastest, most versatile connection across a breadth of peripheral devices and user experiences.”

With the Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Drobo 8D can be connected to up to five Thunderbolt devices, and the bi-directional performance of Thunderbolt 3 allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput. The 8D supports one 5K or two 4K displays for a full experience of resolution, contrast and depth for editing detail.

Price and Customer Loyalty Program

The Drobo 8D is available today at an MSRP of $1,299 USD through and select channel partners.

For a limited time, the 8D includes a free SSD when purchased through the US Drobo Store - Offer ends 11/27/2018.

LaCie Portable SSD, expensive as usual Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:26:36 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20880@/talks/discussions image

Today, LaCie®, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), unveiled the high-performance LaCie Portable SSD storage solution. The compact external solid state drive offers fast and reliable performance featuring USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) technology with USB-C connector for universal compatibility.

With maximum sequential read/write speeds of 540/500MB/s, the LaCie Portable SSD is ideal for on-the-go creative professionals looking for uncompromised performance. Available in 2TB, 1TB, or 500GB capacities, this light-weight solution can transfer one hour of 4K 30fps video footage in less than one minute and store up to 65 hours of 4K 30fps video1 or 20,000 RAW photos2 (2TB capacity). It is also a great alternative to serve as a scratch disc -- allowing users to edit content directly off the LaCie Portable SSD, freeing up valuable workstation resources or serving as the perfect shuttle drive to quickly transfer files from capture devices on-set back to the studio.

Other key features include:

  • Pre-formatted exFAT for Apple® macOS® and Microsoft® Windows® compatibility
  • LaCie Toolkit Software Suite
  • Designed for on-the-go workflow with drop resistance of up to two meters
  • A three-year limited warranty
  • Three-year Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Plan
  • One complimentary month of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan
  • USB-C and USB-C to USB 3.0 cables included

The new LaCie Portable SSD will be available in 2TB (£479.99), 1TB (£239.99), and 500GB (£109.99) capacities through LaCie resellers this month including CCK Media Technologies Ltd, Jessops, Jigsaw Systems Ltd, Protape and Warehouse Express Ltd. For more information, visit

  1. Based on an average of 1 hour of 4K 30fps compressed footage equals 30GB of data.
  2. Based on the average RAW image size of 100MB on a DSLR.

About LaCie

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, designs world-class external storage products for Apple and PC users. LaCie differentiates itself with sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Find out more at

Seagate 12TB HDDs Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:38:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17910@/talks/discussions image

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) announced today its IronWolf™, IronWolf™ Pro and BarraCuda® Pro hard drives are now available at capacities up to 12TB. Offering the highest capacity, reliability and performance in the industry among network-attached storage (NAS) and desktop HDDs, Seagate’s 12TB IronWolf and BarraCuda Pro drives further extend the capabilities of the leading Seagate Guardian Series to meet the growing data needs of large enterprise business, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and creative professionals.

Across the globe, we are experiencing a massive increase in the volume of data created, with a recent study by IDC and Seagate finding that data creation will swell to a total of 163 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025, 10x more than today. Seagate’s latest portfolio of 12TB drives are designed for today’s media storage needs – including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), 4K resolution and 360-degree videos – and offer scalability for the future with increased space and speed.

“Our storage hungry customers and partners continue to ask for our latest and greatest technology along with increased capacity and performance in our purpose built products,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of Business Marketing at Seagate Technology. “With the 12TB Pro products, Seagate buyers are overcoming capacity constraints in their systems and can access vast amounts of digital data anytime, from anywhere.”

12TB BarraCuda Pro Desktop Drive

Seagate’s 12TB BarraCuda Pro HDD is the fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable hard drive for desktop computing available on the market today. With 12TB of capacity – double the space of its closest competitor – the BarraCuda Pro can meet any number of demanding data management needs from creative editing workflows to gaming to desktop computing. The drive’s high speed means that data-intensive activities like large file transfers and photo-editing are faster when using BarraCuda Pro.

12TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for NAS

Offering the highest capacity, reliability, performance and system scalability in the industry, Seagate’s 12TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro HDDs empower customers to centralize their data onto NAS systems to ensure round-the-clock access for multiple users. At 12TB and in only a 3.5 inch form factor, IronWolf and IronWolf Pro offer more capacity in less space, meeting the needs for file-sharing, remote access and backup for SMBs, enterprises and creative professionals.

“Whether it’s storing your family photos, collaborating on important documents at work, or protecting your home with our video surveillance solutions, Synology NAS enthusiasts will be excited by the addition of Seagate’s 12TB IronWolf drives,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology America Corp. “By working together, Seagate and Synology are providing great ways for people to safeguard their digital lives and get the most out of their private cloud.”

The new 12TB drives also support Seagate’s leading IronWolf Health Management (IHM) software. Designed to operate on enabled Synology DiskStation NAS, Asustor NAS, and QNAP NAS, populated with Seagate IronWolf or IronWolf Pro drives, IHM improves the overall system reliability by displaying actionable prevention, intervention or recovery options for the user and will be available within the next quarter with NAS partners.

“We are excited with Seagate’s launch of the industry’s largest capacity NAS drive – the 12TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro,” said Meiji Chang, general manager of QNAP, adding, “QNAP has collaborated with Seagate for many years on product and technology enhancements, working with them to create the best hard drives for NAS users. We believe that Seagate’s new IronWolf family provides the performance, reliability, and capacity needed to dependably store the vast data generated by virtualization, high-resolution media workflows, the Internet of Things, and other applications driven by modern QNAP NAS solutions.”

The 12TB versions of IronWolf, IronWolf Pro and BarraCuda Pro are now shipping to customers worldwide. For more information on the Seagate Guardian Series, please visit .

Drobo 5D3 - Direct Connect RAID-like Disk Array Solution Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:26:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20790@/talks/discussions

Anker USB 3.0 Card Reader review Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:43:20 -0600 DrDave 20652@/talks/discussions I bought one of these because Vitaliy posted a discount code. I instantly regretted it since I have at least seven or eight card readers, but what the hey, in for a penny, as they say.
In many respects, it looks like the ubiquitous Transcend model and costs about the same. One annoying feature is that the label is on the wrong side, so when you load a card you face the label the other way. No biggie.
Compared to the Transcend, the Anker is a tiny bit faster in transfer speeds, but only by a few percent. The Transcend is smaller, thinner, lighter and has a better fit. The Anker will also copy from a regular sized SD to a micro SD. So, not a speed demon but perfectly fine. I slightly prefer the Transcend but they are very similar.
Note that if you are a heavy SD card user, heat is an issue. I use the Transcend because it runs fairly cool; these cards can get really hot if you are offloading hours of footage.
Avoid the Lexar style or any design that covers up the whole card: the card needs air to stay cool. It's a bit snug. I mention this because there is always a small risk if you have a tight connector that you can damage something.

Seagate 14TB IronWolf HDD Sun, 23 Sep 2018 05:37:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20496@/talks/discussions image

IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives have continued to push boundaries for NAS applications, providing best-in-class reliability and performance for always-on environments. Trusted by the world’s top NAS vendors, IronWolf drives are built with multi-user environments in mind, delivering a workload rating up to 300TB/year allowing users to do more with their data and their NAS — from the connected home, to the small and medium office server, to larger businesses needing high-density bulk storage. IronWolf drives are optimized with AgileArray firmware for NAS servers to provide the customer with a host of benefits including: RAID performance, dual-plane balance, rotational vibration (RV) sensors, advanced power management and error recovery control. And customers get peace of mind with Seagate’s unique IronWolf Health Management embedded analysis and recovery software and 2-year Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Services (included with IronWolf Pro, and optional with IronWolf).

  • 14TB IronWolf price is $530
  • 14TB IronWolf Pro price is $600
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:11:21 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20447@/talks/discussions


  • Rugged
  • Read speeds of up to 550MB/s.
  • 8.85×49.55×96.2 mm
  • 38.9g
Delkin premium fast XQD memory cards Sat, 18 Aug 2018 02:05:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20255@/talks/discussions image

Delkin Devices, a manufacturer of flash storage solutions and camera accessories, announced today the newest addition to their ever-growing line of memory-based products: Premium 2933X XQD memory cards. Version 2.0 compliant with speeds suitable for professional photographers and videographers, Delkin XQD cards are specifically designed to excel in the latest generation of cinematic hosts from both Sony & Nikon. As not all memory manufacturers are authorized to produce and sell XQD, Delkin is grateful for the opportunity to provide consumers another choice.

Utilizing a 2nd generation PCI Express interface and delivering blazing-fast write speeds up to 400MB/s (up to 440MB/s read speeds), Delkin Premium XQD memory cards are capable of capturing flawless cinema-quality footage, including DCI 4K & Full HD video at 180 fps, as well as RAW photos in burst mode. Each card has undergone extensive testing to ensure compatibility in today's high-end XQD hosts, including the Nikon D5, D500 & D850, as well as several of Sony's XDCAM Super 35 broadcast camcorders (PXW-FS7 & PXW-FS7M2). It is important to note though that XQD cards are not backwards compatible with either CompactFlash or CFast 2.0 hosts.

As proof that Delkin's XQD cards are built to the highest standard and full compatibility, each card is serialized, like your camera. This allows Delkin to offer the ultimate level of customer support, while providing customers additional protection and insurance for their purchase. Owners can register their Delkin Premium XQD cards at

In addition to their "Lifetime Warranty" policy, Delkin also offers a unique built-in insurance policy for their XQD memory cards, called their "48 Hour, No-Questions-Asked Replacement Guarantee". Not offered anywhere else in the world, Delkin will replace any non-working XQD card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends), prior to receiving your non-working card. Cards can also be replaced over-the-counter at any authorized Delkin XQD reseller.

"This covers the unthinkable, from salt exposure to even pet and child inflicted damage" Jenn Sherry, Delkin's Marketing Manager explains, "Should anything happen, just give us a call and we'll send you a brand new replacement card that you'll receive in less than 48 hours, along with a pre-paid shipping envelope to get your damaged card back to us."

Delkin's "48HR Replacement Guarantee" is also offered on all Premium memory card lines, including BLACK (SD, microSD & CF), PRIME & POWER (SD & microSD), as well as CFast 2.0.

Delkin Premium XQD memory cards come in the following capacities and will start shipping mid/late October: 64GB, 120GB and 240GB. XQD cards will be made available for purchase to Promaster members exclusively through the PRO warehouse. Delkin products are sold through authorized camera stores worldwide. For more information on Delkin XQD memory cards, please visit

Nikon XQD cards, another product with extreme margins Fri, 24 Aug 2018 11:22:08 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20321@/talks/discussions image


  • 64GB at ¥17,820 or around $160 (pure profit is around $110)
  • 120GB at ¥29,160 or around ~$262 (pure profit is around $200)

Top perspective - cards use same 3D NAND and similar controllers to SATA drives (usually they try to make more channels or use TLC in MLS mode).

And 120GB SSD with same speed sells for $23-28. Let's assume worst case - that they run TLC memory in SLC only mode, this produces retail cost around $70 (as it is 3x RAM chips) for 120GB drive.
I am sure they do not use such approach, as it is cheaper to increase channels or run memory in MLC mode.

Sources tell that single slot and XQD one was among top Sony demands to for Nikon to get their sensors.
Sony will also get good share of all Nikon profits from cards via unusual sharing scheme.

Lexar brand will return Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:16:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20269@/talks/discussions

“I’m extremely excited to re-introduce the Lexar brand to our worldwide customers. Lexar is dynamic, has superior research and development capabilities, and has a deep understanding of our customer’s needs. At the same time, we are confident that we can expand the Lexar business successfully in different markets globally. For more than twenty years of innovative development, Lexar has been a world-renowned brand in the field of flash memory and trusted by bringing unparalleled storage experience and creating unequivocal value for business users and consumers.”

They plan to release new stuff soon.