For many years now I have been a long supporter of Buffalo hardrives. I have 24TB of NAS drives in my office as Primaries and portable Ministations when I travel. Well Africa was a series of jinxes it felt like. It started with my brother and then it transferred over to me. I had a number of issues through the trip thankfully they were all small and all easily fixed. Well one of the worst ones was having one of my portable Buffalo 1TB Ministations Thunderbolt go down when I got back home. Thankfully with their warranty service it was easily replaced on I was back up and going in a couple weeks. It was a good thing I had a backup made to use during that time. But this all brings me back to how good these drives really are.
These little drives are awesome. First they are fast. They have USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt making them compatible for all while still be really fast. Next they are small. They easily fit inside any briefcase or camera bag while being less then 10oz in weight. That’s huge for travel! Lastly, if you have a problem like I did, they are really good about taking care of you. Now as we all know this storage game is a constant battle but for $160 bucks over at BnH they are a great way to get ahead of the game.
One of the greatest joys having the knowledge and ability to move from an okay place to an even better place. It marks in your mind a sense of satisfaction of achievement and maturity. At the same time moving itself is a pain in the ass! I just spent a week moving from one apartment to another. Nope I didn’t leave Bozeman, I don’t think I’m able to at this point but I did find a nicer place.
For me the greatest concern has always been moving the hard drives. When you have a rabbit farm and every one of those little guys represents not only an investment in hardware but also in the work, time, and money in computer codes which happen to be photographs, it’s a little nerve racking to put that into a car and move it because you never know what will happen during the drive. I felt like an old women driving those over to my new place, i was going slow and taking every turn as carefully as possible. Heck my friends started to make fun of me. But it was all for not. The truth is i didn’t buy cheap hard drives, i spent the money and got good ones. My rabbit farm includes 14Gigs of Buffalo TeraStation Storage Space. Those things are built like a rock. They have a backup built in and extra hard drive backing up each primary just in case. I powered those suckers up and not one problem. I love that! Everything is ready to go. A couple of hours of wiring the room and the office is back up and running. You just can’t ask for more than that.
It never ceases to amaze me how often one of my friends will come over and ask me, “Why do you have so many hard-drives?” To which all I always answer, “to hold all of my photographs.” Now eight Buffalo Terastations certainly is a lot of primary and backup drives but they do serve a very important purposes. To protect the images that I will never get back again if lost. Interesting how important a series of mathematical equations can be. a new appreciation I found isn’t so much in my digital library but more in my portable drives.
As technology gets better so is the importance of getting new drives. Faster, Smaller, bigger capacities, lower energy consumption, better cooling drives. Well all those old ones have an important purpose still. Besides just a basic travel primary and backup drive, there is also a need for a project drive and a traveling gallery drive. It amazes me how photographers don’t carry a drive around with a backup gallery in case it’s needed on the road. It’s saved my butt a couple times. Then again if it’s too the point where your desk is overflowing, they do make great stocking stuffer’s.