Moving To All Solid-State Drives

As the cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) has dropped, I’ve gradually migrated all my internal and external data storage from traditional hard drives to solid-state drives. Solid-state drives are lighter, faster and more reliable than traditional hard drives. When purchasing new computers, I typically configure them with solid-state storage and with existing computers, if possible and if it makes sense, I’ll upgrade those computers using traditional hard drives to new solid-state drives. Likewise, with external storage, I’ve replaced all my external traditional hard drives with external SSDs.

For internal storage, I’ve used solid-state drives from various brands including Sandisk, Intel, Crucial and Samsung. Over the past few years, I’ve primarily been using drives from Crucial (ex: MX100, MX300) and Samsung (ex: 860 EVO). The drives are fast, reliable, perform extremely well and are affordable. I’ve used these drives for both internal and external storage. For external storage, you just need to get a decent external enclosure. I like using the external enclosures from StarTech. I’ll put a link to the enclosure and all the solid-state drives mentioned at the end of this post.

For external storage, besides building my own external SSD using an external enclosure, I really like using the Samsung T5 series external solid-state drives. The drives are extremely small, lightweight and portable. They offer exceptional performance and have been rock-solid and reliable. The Samsung T5s support Mac/Windows/Android operating systems (some operating system versions are not supported), come with both USB-C to USB-A and USB-C to USB-C cables (so you don’t need to hunt for dongles and adapters), offer storage capacities up to 2TB and are available in various colors including black, blue, red and gold.

When I edit videos in Final Cut Pro X, I store all my video assets on Samsung T5 external solid-state drives and work directly off the external SSDs, so I don’t need to take up any unnecessary space on my computer’s internal SSD nor do I need to move those assets off the computer to free up internal storage capacity. I’ve produced and edited numerous videos and have not experienced any latency or performance issues as a result of using the Samsung T5 solid-state drives. The drives have worked flawlessly for me and I’m extremely happy with the performance.

I’m glad I’ve migrated away from traditional hard drives. The performance gains themselves are well worth the investment. That said, if you need a lot of storage like 4TB of storage or more, a traditional hard drive will still cost much less than solid-state storage even though there are the trade offs with using a traditional hard drive. Similarly, if you’re looking to maximize storage capacity for a NAS or server, you’re probably going to stick with traditional hard drives over solid-state drives. It’s simply more cost-effective for the average budget. However, just be sure you are using hard drives rated for use in a server or NAS to get optimal performance and reliability.



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Crucial Solid-State Drives

Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive -

Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive -

Crucial MX500 2TB 2.5” SATA Solid-State Drive -

Samsung Solid-State Drives

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2.5” Solid-State Drive -

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5” Solid-State Drive -

Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5” Solid-State Drive - 


StarTech External Hard Drive Enclosure

StarTech USB 3.1 External 2.5” SATA Drive Enclosure -


Samsung T5 External Solid-State Drives

Samsung T5 500GB External Solid-State Drive -

Samsung T5 1TB External Solid-State Drive -

Samsung T5 2TB External Solid-State Drive -

What Cameras Do You Use For Photography And Filming?

I currently use a combination of cameras for both photography and filming.

My always on-hand “camera” is my iPhone X. I always have it with me and it has a pretty good built-in camera for taking photos and recording video. It’s perfect for the spur of the moment situations when you have an opportunity to take a photo, record a video, capture an important or rare moment and don’t have a digital camera readily available. The iPhone X camera does have its limitations but in relatively ideal conditions, it does a pretty good job. I’ve taken some incredible photos while traveling and created videos using footage filmed entirely from the iPhone X.

Here are a few videos shot entirely on iPhone X:

A Trip To Hudson Yards -

A Trip to Hoboken for the Waterfront View -

The Seaport District & New Pier 17 (NYC) -

Sony RX100 VI

Sony RX100 VI

My small form factor camera of choice is the Sony RX100 VI. Previously, I was using the Canon PowerShot S120 for photos and videos, but it was time to really step up. The Sony RX100 VI has worked well. I like the quality of the photos and videos that come from this camera. The Sony RX100 VI supports both RAW and JPEG formats for still photography. The quality of recorded video on the Sony RX100 VI is crisper and cleaner even in low light situations with no adjustments to the camera settings. I did get the Sony Shooting Grip (sold separately) for the Sony RX100 VI which works great for filming and helps with stability. In addition, the grip doubles as a tripod. The flip screen is extremely useful when you’re trying to get a shot and need to position the camera in an awkward or inconvenient position yet still be able to see what your capturing or filming. The ability to flip the screen backwards for selfie-mode is great for those solo and group shots when you don’t have someone around to take a photo or video for you.

While the Sony RX100 VI has great features, there are some areas for improvement including better image stabilization, external mic support for improved audio, built-in support for interval shooting/time lapse videos and a longer-life battery (you should get spare batteries and an external battery charger).

Here are a few videos shot on the Sony RX100 VI:

2019 New York International Auto Show – Part 1 -

2019 New York International Auto Show – Part 2 -

Take Me Out To Cooperstown - (includes iPhone X footage)

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm lens

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm lens

The most recent addition to my camera gear is the Sony A6400 mirrorless APS-C camera. I did extensive research into the various options and it came down to balancing size, features and price. I did get both kit lenses (the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6) which serve as a good starting point though I may eventually need to get additional lenses. The Sony A6400 has a lot of similar features to the Sony RX100 VI but also includes external mic support and interval shooting/time lapse videos. The A6400 does not have in body image stabilization but both lenses do have Optical Steadyshot. I do recommend getting spare batteries and an external battery charger for this camera. I’ve only begun to test the camera but so far, I’m happy with the investment. I’m looking forward to field testing the Sony A6400 over the next few months.



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Sony RX100 VI -

Sony A6400 with 16-50mm Kit Lens -

Sony A6400 with 18-135mm Kit Lens -

Sony Shooting Grip -

Sony NP-BX1 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony RX100 VI -

Sony BC-TRX Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI -

Sony Travel Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI -

Sony NP-FW50 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony A6400 -

Sony BC-TRW Battery Charger for Sony A6400 -

JOBY GorillaPod 3K -

JOBY GripTight ONE Mount for Smartphones -

Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB -