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  • Pro Tools Software and ioSafe External Hard Drives

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by admin

    Putting the Right Tools Together:

    Pro Tools and External Hard Drives

    Doing a job right requires the right tools. That has always been true and hasn’t changed in the age of computers. In fact, computers have opened up a whole new arsenal of tools for different professions; including many in the music industry. One of their most widely used pieces of equipment is the Pro Tools audio software. Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation platform that can be operated on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. It is used in the music and professional recording industry for recording and editing, music production, film scoring and film/TV post-production.

    Pro Tools pre-computer ancestor is the multi-track tape recorder and mixer. It performs the same functions with added abilities that can only be done digitally. Pro Tools features time code, temp maps, automation and surround sound capabilities. It supports samples of 32-bit float audio up to rates of 192 KHz and works with many different types of audio files; WAV, AIFF, SDII and mp3s. Such artists as Ricky Martin, GZA, the Beach Boys and Garbage have used Pro Tools to produce their albums and the software has been used for creating the audio in such popular video games like Guitar Hero.

    One of the best ways to use Pro Tools software is to combine it with an external hard drive. External drives are the best storage to choose when you want to avoid a slowdown in operation or errors; the trick is to not try to do everything on one drive. Using Pro Tools is a process; you’ll be laying down tracks, tweaking them and doing several different processes at the same time. If you use the software on one hard drive and you’re trying to operate the software and it’s plugins off your system drive while reading and writing audio to the same drive; this causes many computer systems to move slower. The best solution is to use an external hard drive as your scratch disk that has either USB 2.0, firewire or faster connectivity. You would then use your external hard drive as your audio drive. You’ll still install the Pro Tools software on your internal drive but when you start a new session and create new tracks; you’ll save them to your external drive. One for recording and one for backup; it’s the best solution. At we have a great disk drive that will allow you to obtain this working balance.

    ioSafe SOLO G3

    The Silent Fireproof / Waterproof Hard Drive

    ioSafe has a proud history of producing tough and reliable external hard drives; the Solo G3 is the latest entry in that tradition. There many reasons to purchase the G3 but the first one we would like to showcase is the reason why it’s such a great companion to the Pro Tools software. That reason is the new fanless FloSafe Vent Design; it provides nearly silent operation. The latest FloSafe airflow cooling technology is perfect for an audio recording studio (be it professional or in your garage) where background noise can affect the audio files you’re creating and the music you are writing. That's right, all the fireproof and waterproof features you have come to rely upon, now with near silent operation.

    The Pro Tools software requires at least USB 2.0 and the G3 provides the blazing fast USB 3.0 with a data transfer speed of up to 5Gbit/s. This feature makes formatting and using Pro Tools a smooth ride. We typically use Genie Timeline Pro software for continuous data backup and if encryption of those precious tracks is a must we recommend TrueCrypt encryption. When you backup your audio tracks and songs to the G3, you can rest assured that ioSafe has you covered with serious data protection. Every G3 comes with DRS ( Data Recovery Service ) to provide the ultimate safety net; if your hard drives fails for any reason, or goes through a fire, flood or coffee spill; ioSafe will get your data back by spending up to $2,500 on forensic data recovery. The fast connectivity combined with up to 3TB of storage capacity and DRS (data recovery service) makes the Solo G3 an obvious choice for every recording studio.

    The SOLO G3 offers you the best in protection and allows you to use software like Pro Tools with maximum efficiency. That’s one of our primary goals here at; not just providing you with the best external hard drives available, but also to let you know about the best ways to use the hardware that keeps your professional recording studio running smooth.

    This post was posted in ioSafe Solo, ioSafe + Mac, ioSafe + PC, Solo G3, Protools Software and was tagged with pro tools software, audio backup, mp3 backup, bounce tracks, scratch disk, mac, apple, PC

  • The ioSafe Solo G3

    Posted on January 30, 2012 by admin

    ioSafe knocks it Out of the Park Again with the Solo G3

    Here at, we are dedicated to bringing our customers the safest, most affordable hard drives and data backup equipment for computers available. Our devotion to that policy means we do more than simply stock ioSafe hard drives , we help you meet your goals for preserving and protecting your most valuable data.

    A California based company; ioSafe is the leading manufacturer of disaster proof hard drives. Their systems are optimized to protect against such threats as fire and water damage and the company is on a mission to help you backup your data wherever it may sit vulnerable.. They have built increasingly secure and cutting edge designs and we are proud to represent ioSafe as a leading distributor and dealership with products such as the; ioSafe Solo, ioSafe SSD Titanium, the ioSafe SoloPRO and many more.

    ioSafe has a new product and we’re excited to show it to you; the ioSafe Solo G3 Hard Drive.

    Fireproof & Waterproof Hard Drive for your home or office.

    ioSafe has taken their best features and put them in the G3. Storage space, weather protection, data backup, a great warranty and wrapped it up in a new fanless design for nearly silent operation. This design makes the G3 hard drive ideal for home offices, in your home entertainment setup or in the professional recording studio; let’s take a look at the features and technical specs.

    The G3 can protect its data from temperatures of up to 1550 Fahrenheit for up to thirty minutes with its DataCast endothermic fire insulation technology. The DataCast creates a chemical bond with water molecules that, when temperatures go above 160 degrees, will release water vapor that will limit the internal temperature of the G3 to protect data in extreme fire disasters. The fire rating meets the stringent ASTM E119 standard. The flipside to fire is water and ioSafe has your data protected from any spill (think coffee, soda or beer) as well as fire hoses and natural disasters such as flood. The HydroSafe water barrier technology allows the G3 to protect your data even if it’s been dunked in up to 10ft of water (fresh or salt) for up to 72 hours. While HydroSafe is keeping your data dry, it’s also helping to dissipate heat during the unit’s normal operations. Which brings us to the G3’s fan-less and near silent cooling system; ioSafe’s FloSafe airflow cooling technology is designed to be quiet and not to overwhelm an office environment with background noise.

    The disaster proof protection isn’t all based around weather situations. The G3 comes with a Kensington lock slot. This anti-theft tab will allow you to easily secure the unit to any surface found in the home or the office. Not only will the tab protect the unit in case of a break-in, it will also secure the G3 and keep it immobile in case of an earthquake or other such disaster. It is also compatible with all Kensington locks. This solid theft-prevention works well with the great warranty; if the G3 stops working for any reason during the warranty period, it will be replaced or repaired.

    One of the reasons that ioSafe is so popular is the  Data Recovery Service.

    The DRS provides you with a safety net in case of virtually any disaster. Here is what you get with G3 plan:

    1.  One time use, no questions asked, data recovery service

    2. Up to $1000 of forensic data recovery

    3. Mail-in repair coverage with free global shipping

    4. Only one point of contact – you get direct access to ioSafe experts

    5. Replacement hardware that is pre-loaded with recovered data

    The G3 comes with a three-year limited warranty which includes one free year of DRS. Both the data recovery service and warranty can be expanded up to five years.

    The G3 unit has multi-platform compatibility with both PCs and Macs. It has a single disk with up to 2TB storage capacity. It has USB 3.0 which is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and has a data transfer rate of 5Gbit/s. The power consumption is <25W and the voltage is at 80~264 VAC at 50/60 HZ. The unit only weighs 15 lbs. so it’s very easy to change locations and its dimensions are 5”W, 7.1”H and 11”L, compact and easy to store above, below or in a workstation.

    The G3 is perfect for any number of assignments or environments. You can use it for storing media, PC and laptop backup and supplement online backup. Setting it up in the workplace will allow you to protect your customer’s data and improve the efficiency of your office. Using the G3 at home provides the ultimate protection for your personal files, family memories and your media library.

    Our team will continue to help you in choosing the best products for your needs. Remember, don’t just think of storage capacity when you buy  a hard drive, think of protection and safety!


    Disclosure: Yes, we sell these hard drives. Yes, we use them every day in our office and at home. We've trusted our data on ioSafe hard drives since 2005 and recommend them to all of our clients, family and friends for that very reason.

    This post was posted in Feature Reviews, External Hard Drives, Solo G3 and was tagged with fireproof, waterproof, Solo G3, cheap hard drive, best price

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