If you’re shooting in a RAW format then you know about the vast storage demands that your uncompressed pictures require!
As many photographers tend to convert their RAW photos into compressed formats such as JPEG via Lightroom, or Aperture, as well as many photographers shooting RAW & JPEG simultaneously, the storage demands of projects keep on escalating. This means having to store two versions of your photographs, your original RAW files, and your JPEG files.
With this increase need for storage space you will soon need reliable storage that is fast enough to transfer your uncompressed RAW files direct from your DSLR, or from your computer to your external storage device. As well as this, you need storage that is secure enough to keep your important data protected.
CalDigit’s line of storage devices are ideal for photographers looking to streamline their workflow, whilst at the same time giving them the piece of mind that RAID protection offers.
This storage device ticks every box for photographers – bus powered, 100% hardware RAID, super fast, and lightweight! The VRmini has multiple interfaces that includes eSATA, Firewire 800, Firewire 400, and USB 2.0.
If you need a big amount of storage, then the AV Drive will give you up to 4TB of hard drive space that is housed in a 100% aluminum case. This is a great solution for photographers who are using the latest generation of Macs with USB 3.0 in order to achieve outstanding speeds.
This storage solution is the powerhouse of the CalDigit product line. It includes two hot swappable drives, and is available in capacities up to 8TB. It supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD. The VR2 includes USB 3.0, eSATA, Firewire 800, and Firewire 400 interfaces.
The Power of RAID for Speed or Protection
The VRmini, and VR2 support RAID 0, and 1. These RAID modes are ideal for photographers backing up their RAW files. RAID 0 is used for ultimate speed, and would allow you to transfer your RAW files to your external drive faster, meaning less time wasted in backing up your files. RAID 1 gives you the ultimate piece of mind in protecting your original RAW files, as the VRmini, and VR2 would mirror the RAW files onto both drives. Therefore, if you ever encountered a problem with one of the drives in those units, you would still have all your photographs on the other drive.
If you wanted to keep your RAW files, and your JPEGS on the same external storage device, you could set the VRmini, or VR2 into JBOD mode where your Mac, or PC would see the two hard drives inside those units as two separate disks, and you could keep the RAW files on drive 1, and the JPEG files on drive 2. This would keep the two different versions of your photographs on separate drives housed in the same external storage solution, making it incredibly easy to organize, and store your files.
The CalDigit VRmini, AV Drive, and VR2 are available through CalDigit Resellers worldwide, and through the CalDigit Online Store.