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SanDisk Launches Specialized Storage Solutions for Content Creators

Western Digital has introduced cutting-edge storage devices under its SanDisk Professional brands, specifically tailored for the broadcasting, media, and entertainment industries. These pro-grade storage solutions (SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT, Professional G-RAID MIRROR, and PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B Card) feature high speeds and a variety of features to optimize the video production process.

Western Digital has introduced cutting-edge storage devices under its SanDisk Professional brands, specifically tailored for the broadcasting, media, and entertainment industries. These pro-grade storage solutions (SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT, Professional G-RAID MIRROR, and PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B Card) feature high speeds and a variety of features to optimize the video production process.

SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT

The G-DRIVE PROJECT is a portable hard drive designed as a content creator’s reliable companion. Built with a rugged exterior, this drive targets professionals who require both portability and durability. Inside its robust chassis lies a 7200 RPM Ultrastar Enterprise-class hard drive, known for its reliability and speed, with read/write speeds of up to 260MB/s in its 22TB model.

SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT Specifications

Specification Details
Interface Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) | USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 (10Gbps)
Capacity 6TB, 8TB, 12TB, 18TB, 22TB
Data Transfer Rate 22TB: Up to 260 MB/s read 260 MB/s write
18TB: Up to 260 MB/s read 260 MB/s write
12TB: Up to 250 MB/s read 250 MB/s write
8TB: Up to 250 MB/s read 250 MB/s write
6TB: Up to 250 MB/s read 240 MB/s write
Operating Temperature 41°-95° F (5°-35°C)
Weight 12TB, 18TB, 22TB: 3.64 lbs / 1.35 kg
6TB, 8TB: 3.68 lbs / 1.67 kg
System Requirements Formatted APFS/macOS 11+/Windows 10+ (Via Reformat)
Box Contents G-DRIVE® PROJECT Desktop Hard Drive
1x Thunderbolt™ 3 Cable
Power Cable
19VDC Power Adapter Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty 5-years

What sets the PROJECT apart is its Mag slot, a feature aimed at facilitating high-speed offloading and editing directly from a modular component. Essentially, you can capture content on a Mag from your camera and then effortlessly move it to the G-DRIVE PROJECT. This seamless transition can be valuable in time-sensitive project environments.

The also device features a Thunderbolt 3 interface, which ensures quick data transfers and allows for daisy-chaining up to five other devices. This capability provides a flexible approach to constructing a digital content creation workflow. It also maintains backward compatibility with USB 3.2 Gen 2 for those working in Windows environments.

For those who struggle with cable management, the G-DRIVE PROJECT comes with color-coded cable indicators, taking the guesswork out of optimizing device performance. Coupling this minor detail with everything else helps make the PROJECT a comprehensive solution for storage needs.

SanDisk Professional G-RAID MIRROR

In the realm of data storage, the importance of redundancy cannot be overstated. Aimed at professionals who cannot afford to lose any data, the G-RAID MIRROR addresses this concern head-on as it comes with two 7200 RPM Ultrastar Enterprise-class HDDs that can be configured in RAID 1 (Mirroring) mode. This configuration automatically duplicates your data onto the second drive. The G-RAID MIRROR offers up to 44TB of maximum capacity in its most expansive model, which provides substantial room for projects and backups alike.

The device also offers an option to switch to JBOD or RAID 0 configurations by flipping a switch, eliminating the need for additional software. This versatility makes it adaptable to different workflow requirements.

For those who use iPads in their creative process, the G-RAID MIRROR is compatible with tablets having a USB Type-C port. This feature can be especially beneficial for professionals using mobile devices for content creation or management.

SanDisk PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B Card

The SanDisk PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B card is designed for professionals with cinema-grade content creation needs. With minimum sustained write speeds of 1,400MB/s, this card promises not to drop frames while capturing 8K video. This capability is certainly sought after by many, especially when shooting under demanding conditions where every frame counts.

Moreover, the card’s durable enclosure is designed to withstand up to 1-meter drops and resist forces up to 11.2 pounds. This level of durability ensures that your irreplaceable footage and videos remain secure even under harsh conditions.

The PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B card is also compatible with SanDisk’s own PRO-READER and PRO-DOCK 4 devices, allowing for scalable and simultaneous offloads that can significantly enhance productivity. Note that it also supports specific camera models from the following companies: RED, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Canon.

SanDisk PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B card Specifications

Specification Details
CFexpress Form Factor Type B Card
Available Capacities 320GB, 640GB
Speed Performance Minimum sustained write speed of 1400MB/s, Burst speeds of up to 1500MB/s write and 1700MB/s read
Video Performance Rating 8K video recording
Card Dimension 1.52 x 1.17 x 0.15 in | 38 x 29.6 x 3.8 mm
Operating Temperature Minimum -10°C to +70°C
Storage Temperature Minimum -40°C to +85°C
Compatibility Compatible with select RED, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Canon cameras.

Availability

  • SanDisk PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B Card: Available this fall with a starting MSRP of $399.99 for the 320GB model. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
  • SanDisk Professional G-RAID MIRROR: Available now with a starting MSRP of $659.99 for the 12TB model and a five-year limited warranty.
  • SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT: Available now, with prices starting at an MSRP of $369.99 for the 6TB model. It also comes with a five-year limited warranty.

These products can be purchased from the Western Digital Store or through authorized SanDisk Professional retailers, e-tailers, and distributors.

SanDisk PRO-CINEMA CFexpress Type B Card

SanDisk Professional G-RAID MIRROR

SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT

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