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  • CalDigit AV Drive USB 3.0

    CalDigit AV Drive USB 3.0

    January 2, 2011, 8:35 pm
    This holiday season, Santa dropped off the all new Cal Digit Av Drive with USB 3.0 for my NLE. I was pleasantly surprised to see CArbon Copy Cloner is included with the drive.

    The drive is compatible with both PC and Macs, so users don;t have to worry about compatibility CalDigit claims speeds up to 5Gbps over USB 3.0. Thats blazing fast over traditional FW800. There is also a speed boost for traditional FW800 users 85mb/s write speed over 74mb/s.
    CalDigit AV Drive USB 3.0
    The drive has a 2 TB storage capacity, a 7200rpm drive, 32MB cache,1x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port, 2x FireWire 800(IEEE 1394b) ports. Along with the drive CalDigit offers PCI Express Cards connectivity for either your Macbook Pro or MacPro Tower. This is fantastic, as Apple has yet to support USB 3.0.
    CalDigit AV Drive USB 3.0
    CalDigit AV Drive USB 3.0
    Hooking up the drive was simple enough, so I began putting the drive through the paces. I began by moving one of my larger HD projects of 563GB to the drive. The transfer was took just under an hour, although that may not sound fast, believe me it is much faster than the FW800, and USB 2.0. I am sure if my drives were flash SSD’s the the transfer would have been faster. Using Kona’s System Test gave surprising results. Proving that even on FW800 this drive is approximately 30% faster.
    CalDigit AV Drive USB 3.0
    CalDigit AV Drive USB 3.0
    Where this drive really shines is in actual performace during workflows. Reading and writing from the drives was blazing fast. It does not matter which NLE you work with Avid, FCP, or Premier. CalDigit’s AV Drive is a real performer. This drive is faster than any FW800 or E-Sata drives I have ever used! CalDigit priced aggressively supported by a 30 day money back guarantee. Until Apple supports USB 3.0, CalDigit has provided you with a solution. Editors looking for a faster solution for external storage, may want to give this a second look.

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