Data Storage Hardware

Your digital storage is a critical component of your digital imaging system. This section outlines how digital storage works, and how to set it up for a still photo or video production environment.

Storage Overview
Hard drives
Other Storage Media

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Storage Overview

Let's start the process with a basic understanding of the various data storage tools and how to use them to protect your data.

Storage Hardware Overview

Hard drives

These three pages outline how hard drives work, and how to take care of them.

Hard Drive 101

Hard drives are currently the primary means photographers use to store their images. We give you all the background information.

SSD 101

Solid-state drives are an important new tool for portable computing and for workflow acceleration. This page provides an outline of how they work.

Hard Drive Handling

Hard drives are amazing devices, but as complex precision devices, they need to be handled carefully.

Disk Configurations

Hard drives can be set up many different ways. Find out what will work best for you.

Other Storage Media

While hard drives are the best media for primary storage and for your first level of backup storage, optical disc and digital tape can also be useful. These two pages outline the issues with these other media.

Optical Media

Optical storage can serve as a valuable backup to hard drive based storage.

Digital Tape

High capacity and ease of automation makes digital tape a viable backup for larger photo studios, institutions, and corporations.

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Last Updated September 22, 2015