Data Storage tips for Photo and Video Editors

Essentials for Photographers and Videographers

Where should you store your photo and video data If you’re serious about photography and Video editing you’re going to have to take a moment to step away from your camera and think about where those all-important shots are going to live. Modern day Digital single-lens reflex camera (or SLRs) have for the most part abandoned the film based media of the older generation as the means of recording those precious moments and almost all switched to the use of digital media. This is not new information, but what many fail to really appreciate is the truly breath taking advances in data archiving that run alongside these system that many professions now use to hold a life’s work!

Mac and Windows Users – Listen up!

From long standing professionals to hobbyists, many are still in the dark as to the best photographic studio practices of backing up, redundancy and achieving. Barely a day goes by at SPAN.COM when they are not contacted with a professional that has decades of work on a single hard drive – and NO WHERE ELSE! Backing up, Sharing the smart way and editing those cloud based files in real time are but a few of the ways in which digital storage for photographers and videographers has prospered.

However all this counts for nothing if the Hard Drives and SSDs themselves in your Digital Storage setup aren’t up to the job. Below are the HDDs we recommend for Photographers and Videographers alike from before you take the lens cap off, to when you finalise in post-production.. Which media for the phot and video editor

Backup, backup! Do it NOW!

Before you even begin, you need to have a good backup procedure in place. Ask any technological professional and they will tell you that it is good data discipline to have the backup framework in place FIRST. Portable storage for local backups in the office, Apple Time Machine Images to back up editing files as you go and on-the-go-Gigabytes to carry whilst on the job all need backing up and if you setup the framework FIRST you will significantly reduce duplicate files and potential losses later on:


For the Professional 


Western Digital My Passport Pro WDBRNB0040DBK-EESN Portable Thunderbolt RAID 0/1

4TB Data

5400 RPM

2yr Warranty

For the Hobbyist



Rugged Mini



2yr Warranty

Solid State Storage!

installing SSDs in a NAS Upgrading the Digital Storage on your workspace, be it a MAC or Windows PC is another key factor where many overlook when it comes to an efficient Photo and video editing setup. You can have the most efficient camera available on the market, but you will soon hit the wall early on when you try to edit those large scale files as well as edit them on the fly from your archive storage via SAS or Thunderbolt. Switching to Solid State Drives (SSD) from traditional hard drives (HDD) will result in increased performance and substantially decrease access times. Yes, they arrive at a premium in terms of cost, but those prices are coming down noably and now is a great time to make the switch.

For the Professional

SSD 850 Pro

2TB Data
 Super Fast R/W Speed
 550MB/s Read speed
 4th Gen MEX
 10yr Warranty
For the Hobbyist
Trion 100 SSD
960GB Data
 Super Fast R/W Speed
 550MB/s Read speed
 Toshiba NAND Controller
 3yr Warranty

Where do your photos live?

Large RAID storage for archive data storage solutionsLarge bulk Archive Storage via Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 for collected projects and distributive work is paramount for any successful photo or video editor. Not just in terms of backing up and archiving but with great innovations in data transmission via Thunderbolt Storage devices, SAS Connections and the recent jumps to 10GB/s of USB 3.1 Gen 2, creating a fast and efficient storage array running in the background is, if not AS important as the data itself, then at the very least on par.


For the Professional 


Pegasus2 Thunderbolt2 R8

32TB Data included

SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power

20 Gbit/s aggregated

2yr Warranty

For the Hobbyist



Thunderbolt2 RAID Enclosure

Thunderbolt2, SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power, USB3 type B

Thunderbolt 10 Gbit/s per channel

1000MB RAM

ARM 800Mhz

1yr(3yrLabour) Warrant

Includes –

8X Seagate
Desktop HDD
3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s

2yr Warranty

Access Anywhere and Everywhere..

ds716+ small Network Attached Storage for controlled sharing, distribution and ‘over the network’ file editing is also fast becoming the standard and it is no longer just the case that the large storage array that acts as your archive just sits ideal. With the enormous leaps in technology and production of Network Attached Storage (NAS) you can create an array that not only houses your precious photos and video, but also lets you distribute, edit on the fly and create host-to-client interfaces to view your works (all watermarked, all protected, all encrypted) that will give your work the maximum expose you need – all in a one of purchase cost.

For the Professional


Desktop NAS 10GbE+TB2
Core i7 + 10GbE + Thunderbolt 2


Thunderbolt2, 10GbE RJ45, 1GbE RJ45

6Gb/s SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (10 Gbit/s) and Thunderbolt 2 (20 Gbit/s)


Quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4790S 3.2GHz

2yr Warranty

For the Hobbyist


Desktop 5-Bay NAS



Intel® Celeron®J1900 Quad-Core SoC

2yr Warranty

In-Built UPS

Five Ethernet Ports

Portability and productivity combined

Using a PCIe card with a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air PCIE Expansions for giving your portable tools such as MacBooks and high spec laptops the ability to access incredibly versatile Graphics, Sound and 10Gbe PCI-Express cards. With Photographers and Documentary professionals travelling worldwide, it helps to keep things light and portable. However with reduced size comes reduced ability and an answer to that is in the form of an external PCIe expansion. Simply put, it gives you the optional and ad-hoc ability to attach the sort of PCI-Express equipment traditionally designed for high end desktop PC’s and use them as and when you need.

For the Professional


Echo Express SE II
Thunderbolt2 Expansion Chassis – 2x Half-Length PCIe2 slots (One x8 and One x16 – ser# G## onwards)


Connect Professional PCIe Cards—Use high-performance PCIe card with Thunderbolt-equipped computers

Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with computers with 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology

Two PCIe Slots—Support two half-length+ (up to 7.75″ long), full-height, single-width cards

Two Thunderbolt Ports—Daisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer

Temperature-Controlled, Fan—Automatically operates slowly and quietly with cooler cards, provides better cooling for hot cards

Energy Saver Mode—Powers on/off automatically with the computer

Sufficient Power—80W power supply handles any combination of cards

Aluminum Housing—Portable protection for any environment

For the Hobbyist


Thunderbolt PCIe
Thunder2 PCIe Box T2PC-TIA-AKTU
2x TB2, 1x PCI-Express-v2.0-x16 FHHL (x4 speed)


Two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports for lightning fast speeds of up to 20Gb/s
1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards
4 lane PCI Express 2.0 compliant interface at 5.0Gbps
Removable back panel for double-width cards
Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt™ devices
Durable and rugged aluminum casing
No tools required for installation
4K Workflow with Thunderbolt 2 Technology
Thunderbolt 2 technology incorporates DisplayPort 1.2 support, which allows for video streaming to a single 4K video monitor. If you are a video editor, you can now use a single port to connect your external Thunderbolt devices and a 4K display.

Are you happy?

Still lost? Do you have a more specific use in mind? Why not visit the guys at SPAN.COM and tell them what you need! Be caveman about it and give them the nuts and bolt – they will do the rest and tell you what you need and keep your budget in mind!

Still not enough? Have a look out Check out our Dedicated Guide to Step by Step Guide to Photography and Video Editing covering everything from camera to Post Production – Just click below



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