Eve says that for her, G-DRIVE Mobile SSDs sell themselves as shuttle drives, “I physically put the Mobile SSD into producers hands, and they can feel the lower cost of shipping; I show them the file transfer speed on the computer and they see how much time they save.” In addition to the benefits of transfer speeds and physical size, SSDs also can withstand more severe conditions. Eve has worked on documentaries around the world and it is essential for the drives she uses in the field to hold up against extreme environments, unpredictable handling and trans-continental shipping. “If the SSDs can safely make it back to the US from remote villages in Africa or India, I am confident they can make it across town in Los Angeles."
Eve practices what she preaches. Her personal archival storage setup includes multiple G-DRIVE Mobile SSDs, G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSDs, G-DRIVE and G-SPEED Shuttle XL. The 2TB G-DRIVE Mobile SSDs are her choice for daily use as they are extremely durable and lightweight; she keeps a pair of them in a bag that goes everywhere with her. The G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSDs are reserved for copying feature dailies on set or the final export from the colorist. Everything from the SSDs is then backed-up to her G-SPEED Shuttle XL and on a mirrored set of G-DRIVEs as an archive, the SSDs are reformatted to be used over again.
Perhaps still smarting from the loss of her early footage, Eve is emphatic about the importance of having a current archiving strategy. "Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have the right impressions about the best ways to archive, and it changes constantly. What was the best method a couple of years ago is not necessarily the best method now. If you’re working with an archive solution from 10 years ago, it might not be sufficient. That’s why staying educated is one of the most important things when it comes to storage.”
In particular, she points to the common misconception that USB 3.2 and Thunderbolt protocols are the same from a performance standpoint. They’re not. Thunderbolt connectivity, now available on all modern Mac workstations and notebooks, offers up to 20 Gb/s throughput. Thunderbolt 3 doubles that. This speed difference can be essential to maintaining a fluid workflow during real-time editing. In contrast, USB 3.2 tops out at 20 Gb/s, and this may be constricting when dealing with 4K and higher multi-stream workflows.