How To Build A DIY Card Reader/Hard Drive RAID Enclosure For Speed
What’s your process like when you’ve just finished a shoot, and it’s time to giddy-up and get to and through the post processing? Typically you’ll take out all necessary memory cards from their respective cameras of which there could be a few, and a few cards per camera. Then it’s loading each card onto a hard drive for current editing, and hopefully, you’ve implemented a system that will see all those files drawn down onto the computer, and then backed up using, at least, a single redundancy measure.
If you’ve got a system in place for this, that’s great, and if you don’t, you should get a move on that. However, whether you do or don’t yet, the video here by DSLR Video Shooter could be of great interest to you. It gives an example of how the workflow of a process explained above could look, and then walks you through how to make a DIY memory card reader and RAID enclosure with which to facilitate the process.
Why would you want something like this? Well, if you’re a wedding photographer, for example, you likely are going through many memory cards on a shoot, and this setup allows you to draw that information down onto drives quickly, edit those current files, all while being backed up by a separate set of drives. ‘Breaking’ the drives apart into a RAID 0 is crucial and having it all together like this is pretty interesting.
It’s a DIY project, so that tends to suggest you’re looking at a price savings. In this scenario, the build (sans drives) come to $112, which according to Caleb, is almost $200 less than you’d be able to get the same or similar functionality for in a pre-built package.
Speaking of saving some cash on your back-up solution and even how to get more speed in your current project editing, you may have some interest in a previous post of ours where I get a bit into how to use an HDD/SSD Docking Station. How I have it set up (two drives included), should still come in under $200. It’s worth a look.
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