Too many drives? Our top reasons to slimline your local storage

We find ourselves doing a lot of storage archaeology at photography and design studios. People will often have great piles of 1TB drives, often dating back to when the agency was just one fella clicking away at Photoshop in his spare room. And while it’s great to have that kind of record of your company growing, there comes a time when you have to get centralised. Bigger drives may sound expensive, but trust us, an investment now will save you a bundle in the long run.

Why bother making the move?

There are a number of reasons why you’d want to make the move to larger local storage. Here are our big five:

RAID protection keeps your assets safe. And your 1TB external drive doesn’t have it. If it gets damaged or corrupted, any assets on it will be lost. If you opt for a larger drive, you can use RAID protection to mirror the content on one drive to another (RAID 1) or several other drives (RAID 2, 5, 10, etc), so that if one goes down you still have access to all the files on it and can continue to work on them, share them and charge for them without having to redo your work.

Thunderbolt storage saves you time. If you’re working on one of the newer iMacs or MacBook Pros, connecting via Thunderbolt to storage like the PROMISE Pegasus range will give you a two-way 10Gbps link to your storage – about 20 times faster than USB, twice as fast as USB 3.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. This is going to make it a lot faster to get hold of large files, or move them around. And because you won’t be carrying out file transfers in the background for long stretches of time, you can look forward to a general performance boost, too.

– Shared storage makes collaboration easier. Got people working together  on projects, or needing to use the same media files? Hook them both up to the same local storage and they can both access all the files they need, rather than wasting time sending them back and forth or copying them to their local hard drives (which also aren’t RAID protected, just saying). Everybody working on the project can see where every file relating to it is, and version control is suddenly far easier as everyone is working on the same set of files. You can do this over AFP or using asset management software like Axle (you can get more info on that here).

It’s only more expensive now. Let’s say you go for our running favourite, the Pegasus R6. It’s currently £1379 ex VAT for the 12TB drive, which works out at about £114 ex VAT a terabyte – about the same as you’d pay for a Thunderbolt equipped 1TB external drive. And, because you’ll be forking out less often and have more warning before your available storage becomes full, you’ll find it easier to factor additional storage into your budget.

Look at how much space your current crazy tower of drives is taking up. Now look at the R6. Which would you rather have in the middle of your desk? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

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