Backing up your video files is a best practice implemented by professionals across the production industry as a standard. When you transfer your video files from the computer to your hard drive the speed at which this happens depends on your connection. USB 2.0 or SuperSpeed UBS 3.0 would be the slower speed against FireWire 800 and Apple’s Thunderbolt would be the fastest clocking in a 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0 according to Apple. That is just bananas..
When you’re editing from the hardrive, this connection speed really makes a difference. When you’re simply backing files up to share or archive, going with a slower transfer speed will serve to save you some extra cash. Since we have more than one editing station and two editors sharing files, we began to use Plugable docks with bare SATA drives. This alleviates having to deal with multiple power adapters and big bulky drives with casings. (We go through quite a bit of data in short periods of time). It’s easier for us to share this way. We can take any drive home and dock it. Bring it back into the studio and dock it just the same.