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    Posted: 25 June 2018 at 1:38pm
I need a portable hard drive to start carrying some of the music collection around between our work, radio studios and live gigs. Looks like 8TB would be a good capacity, we want to carry 4TB immediately. Obviously needs to be portable and rugged enough not to break after two outings.  This will not be the only form of storage, in fact only music copied from our other hard drives will be used. Don't want it packing up mid gig though. It will be properly cased and transported so what makes/models would be recommended please?

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That's a lot of storage to be moving around, and probably a lot more when you consider off-site backups and duplication.  I don't know your use case, but if you've got reliable internet at all sites that need access to terabytes then consider cloud storage.  The major providers (Microsoft, Amazon, Google etc) have options for domestic to enterprise uses, and can guarantee availability and retention rates way above anything you could buy physically (i.e. they won't lose your data).

Best of all, it costs pennies.  The pennies increment over time, but the costs compared to a fleet of hard drives is orders of magnitude less.
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8TB ??  That's an awful lot of music Big smile

For my regular sets I don't use a computer as a main source at all, just a Pioneer MEP7000 combined with its' disc drive set; that gives me two USB sockets to play with.  I do have a laptop with me, with heaps of archive material going back to the 30s and 40s plus heaps and heaps of new release stuff copied from DVDs sent to me; I use three 4TB portable drives for that.

I currently use a 1TB HD and a 256GB memory stick, with some of the music duped across both sources and this is generally more than enough for anything that I come across - for special requests I simply add required music to one (or both) of the drives.

I carry a duplicate of both drives with me, but have never had to use them.

Also have a separate pair of 4TB drives for karaoke use, much of it video karaoke which takes up a lot more room than the regular MP3+G.

Don't use any special carrying tools, the memory sticks travel in my pocket and the HDs in the computer travel bag.

Hard Drives are more durable than you might expect when being transported, when power isn't applied the heads are raised further from the surface of the platter, (they never ever touch the magnetic material - doing so causes damage; the heads "fly" above the magnetic platter).  Yep.  Drop them and you may have problems - but the main cause of damage would be moving the drives whilst turned on - where G-forces might move the head against the magnetic medium and scratch it causing unrecoverable damage.

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Portable and 8TB don't go together. You can get 8TB disks but they are meant for archiving and definitely not ruggedised for portable use. I have multiple 8TB HDs and well they're also not that fast and aren't massive fans of vibration. I'd opt for a bunch of large USB sticks or maybe 1HD which is designed to be mobile.
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