Hard Drives for Libraries and Backup
For modest sized Lightroom Libraries, and anyone on a budget, the Seagate series of Backup Plus hard drives work on both Mac and PC. They’ve been super reliable for all my clients and it’s been my experience that Seagate is very responsible when it comes to warranty replacement. And they come in colors, which help to differentiate your library hard drive from your backup hard drive. This link will take you to the Amazon page where you can choose from 1T, 2T, or 4T drives. I don’t recommend the 4T Fast Drive, it is not as reliable.
World traveling journalist or just putting together an extended family archive? This is the LaCie 5big available at Adorama. The Thunderbolt 2 external hard drive enclosure sports 5 – 8T, 7200RPM hard drives for 40TB of storage. This is THE hard drive to own if you’re a volume shooter or have moved up to the big boys, like medium format cameras or the current line of Nikons, Canons and Sonys and can’t afford to lose a single photo. I have a couple clients using these puppies and they love them because they’re super quiet and super reliable, especially when using a RAID 5 configuration. (If any one of the five hard drives fail, no data is lost!)