A key to organizing media files is storage.  The more storage you have, the easier it will be to organize. Most importantly, it is important to store media files separately from your computer.  We recommend using external hard drives. In addition, it is important to back these hard drives up.  The rule of thumb is to always have copies of your files in two different locations. So, if there is a fire in your building, you always have safe backup.

Glyph Technologies 2TB Studio S2000 External Drive

This drive has all the ports you need: USB, eSata (PC), and Firewire. It is important to check what connections your computer has. You want to connect this thing into the fastest port that you have. If you own a PC, that would be eSATA or USB 3.0. If you own a Mac, that would be Firewire or Thunderbolt.

LaCie 4TB d2 Thunderbolt 2 External Hard Drive

If you own a Mac with a thunderbolt connection, this is the drive for you. The great thing about this drive is that you can daisy chain drives. This means that you connect drives to each other. The last drive on the chain will connect to your computer. This will save the amount of ports that you use.

LaCie 2TB Rugged Thunderbolt Mobile HDD

Generally, I don’t recommend using an external drive for media storage. However, if you are on the go a lot, this drive is sturdy and powerful enough to do the trick.  It is compatible with Mac or PC and comes in a variety of sizes. It features thunderbolt (Mac) and USB 3.0/2.0 compatibility (PC).

SD Card

If you use a camcorder, you will need an SD Memory Card.  This 32gb card will give you about 3 hours of memory when captureing high definition video. According to the online description, this card is very durable and “built for extreme conditions, SanDisk’s 32GB Extreme UHS-I SDHC Memory Card is water, shock, and x-ray proof, while also being able to withstand temperatures from -13 to 185°F, allowing for use in environments such as snow and deserts.”