I’m an laptop-on-the-go photographer who likes to have a big library of images with me at all times. When I land at my studio or my office at O’Reilly, I immediately hook up to big FireWire drives and back up my Aperture library. The challenge is finding portable storage with enough capacity to haul around my library of Raw files.
I have been using the FireLite 160 GB FireWire Drives lately, but have outgrown their capacity. So the quest for bus-powered storage began again. This time I found the OWC Mercury 250 GB FireWire 800/400 + USB 2.0 2.5″ Portable SATA Drive and ordered it. I’ve used OWC products before and had good luck with them. This model provides me with two FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 connector. It spins at 5400 RPM which is decent enough to run an Aperture library.
I was really tempted by the 200 GB model that spins at 7200 RPM and has a 16 MB cache instead of the 8 MBs I get with the 250 GB drive, but quite frankly, I need the raw storage capacity, plus the 7200 RPM model cost $50 more. Either drive has two FireWire 800 ports, so I can use one to connect to the MacBook Pro and the other for my SanDisk FW 800 card reader. That should make for fairly speedy uploading of Raw files.
I should be up and running with the new set up this week. I’ll let you know how things go.
Oh, and if you want to see the complete line up of OWC portable drives, this page provides a good overview.