THOSE WHO ARE providing stills and video footage for a living deal with the pressure of knowing that there are no excuses for not coming back off assignment with the goods. It means that the digital files produced on a job are precious and must be safeguarded at all costs, so there is no room for complacency when it comes to having a robust and foolproof system in place for back-up and storage in the field.

This is where a product such as G-Technology’s ArmorATD Drive can become your new best friend on location. Designed by experts who understand that, in the hurly burly of a busy shoot that might be taking place in less than perfect conditions, mishaps can easily happen and it’s not always possible to treat storage devices with the respect they truly deserve. They can inadvertently get dropped(1), wet(2) or even covered in mud, and lesser devices would surely give up the ghost and your precious footage or collection of stills along with it.

While, naturally, none of the abovementioned treatments is recommended, the rugged G-Technology ArmorATD Drive won’t be defeated so easily. Despite measuring just 130.05mm x 87.12mm x 21.08mm, this is a device that’s been designed from the ground up to thrive and survive more onerous terrains, and it will take more than a little unintended on-set abuse to diminish its capabilities. Underneath that innocent-looking compact exterior there’s triple-layer shock resistance serving as a first layer of defence and, added to that, those precious files are housed inside a rain and dust-resistant enclosure with a 1000lb crush rating.

In short, this tough little device can take a beating, so is less likely to let you down in the middle of a shoot and, for good measure, models within the range offer up to 5TB(3) of storage to ensure more photos and video content can be safeguarded. The device is also USB-C ready and USB-3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 compatible for lightningfast transferral of data at up to 140MB/s(4) in the field. Ready to go with both Mac and Windows(5), the icing on the cake is a three year limited warranty in the highly unlikely event it stops functioning.

Available in storage sizes from 1TB up to 5TB and with prices starting from just £79.99, this is one corner you most definitely can’t afford to be cutting in your business.

(1) Shock resistance up to 1.2m on a carpeted concrete floor for 1TB and 2TB capacities, and up to 1m on a carpeted concrete floor for 4TB and 5TB capacity. (2) Water and dust-resistant, tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP54 under IEC standard 60529; product must be clean and dry before use. (3) As used for storage capacity, one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. (4) Based on read speed. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations. (5) MacOS 10.12+, Windows® 10, 8.1, 7.

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