MD4 U3e

As of December 1, 2015, the MD4 U3e has been discontinued and this model is no longer being manufactured, sold or maintained.

The MD4 U3e was a 1U 19" rack-mount chassis with built-in hardware RAID designed for up to four 3.5" hard disk drives. It featured a hot swap rack and a dual interface with eSATA and USB 3.0.

There is no replacement for this model and there are currently no alternative rack-mount chassis available from AKiTiO.

AKiTiO Thunder SATA Go SSD reader

Solid state drives (SSD's) provide faster data transfer rates than mechanical hard disk drives (HDD's) but how fast can an SSD with a SATA interface really go and what is needed to achieve the best possible speeds in an external storage enclosure?

A single SSD with a SATA 6Gb/s interface, also known as SATA-III or SATA 3, can deliver speeds of about 500-550MB/s. This means that the storage enclosure should have a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface at 10Gbps or a Thunderbolt interface to provide sufficient bandwidth. However, when it comes to Thunderbolt enclosures, not all are built the same way and if you plan on getting the most out of a single SSD, you need to make sure that the SATA controller also provides enough bandwidth to run at full SATA 6Gb/s speeds.

Raymond Singer

"It just does its thing. Quickly. Quietly. Dependably. What more would you want from a work drive?", states Raymond Singer from Cut to the Story Films while using the AKiTiO ThunderGo.

“OK, $950 for a 1TB SSD drive that does Thunderbolt 2 and USB3? Seems like a lot of dough. What if I said, you actually get more than you paid for?”

“We all know SSD drives are fast, so it’s no news that the Akitio ThunderGo is fast. Actually, the little guy is blazingly fast. That’s nice when it comes to copying a stack of camera cards, editing and rendering a few streams of HD content on your NLE, or just plain reading and writing a slew of material. But how does it hold up when you take it out in the field, use it day in and day out on a heavy documentary shoot in all kinds of weather? When it’s constantly with you, copying camera cards or editing on your laptop in Hilo, Hawaii, Cameroon, Africa, or on an airplane in- between those or some other locations? What happens when you grabbed your camera from the bag but inadvertently left the drive behind in your car with the windows closed? I’ll tell you what happens. Nothing. That drive just takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Except it doesn’t tick. Or tock. Or hum. Or spin. It just sits there. A smug little brick full of information that is easily and quickly accessible and SAFE from all the vague but deadly things other hard drives are afraid of for very good reason.”

Thunderbolt Storage

AKiTiO is the official storage solutions provider for The Southwest Film. As a gear sponsor for this project with its massive files from 4K and 6K footage, we recommended our fastest storage solutions with multiple drive bays and the lightning fast Thunderbolt™ 2 interface. This provides both the speed that is needed to move the data and the option to RAID the drives for extra performance or redundancy. As with all the important data, it's always important to backup and back it up again.

“This may all sound a bit extreme, but for a film its what we have to do to protect the footage. Remember that this also applies to your personal data. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Again make sure you have multiple copies in multiple locations. Ask a friend to join together and give each other hard drive copies so that you both are backed up.”, states Chad Lancaster from The Southwest team.

Taurus Super-S LCM

As of June 1, 2015, the Taurus Super-S LCM has been discontinued and this model is no longer being manufactured, sold or maintained.

The Taurus Super-S LCM was a 2-bay storage enclosure with built-in hardware RAID designed for two 3.5" hard disk drives. It featured a 4-in-1 interface with eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.

The replacement for this model is the Taurus Super-S3 LCM. It's identical with the old model except that the USB interface is now USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0.