External Hard Drives

You may wish to purchase a hard drive to use when editing, and to store media files for screenings on. Video files take up room quickly, and worrying about space always puts a damper on creativity.

We encourage you to buy your own hard drive if possible, but if you’re not able to do so, we do have departmental hard drives to lend out to support those who needs them. Email me (louisas@middlebury.edu) or Ethan (ethanm@middlebury.edu) if you’d like to arrange to sign out a departmental hard drive.

One reason for buying your own hard drive from the outset is that you’ll have to return your borrowed hard drive by mail at the end of the semester, and often when students are faced with what to do with all their media files, they end up buying a hard drive at the last minute and transferring all their media over in a rush. So if you can, it’s simplest to buy a hard drive for class use.

A suitable hard drive (like this one that we recommend) costs $79.99, and since there are no books to buy for this class, hopefully it’s not too prohibitive a price. But again, we do have loaner hard drives ready to go for anyone who needs them. Just email me (louisas@middlebury.edu) or Ethan (ethanm@middlebury.edu) ASAP if you would like the department to lend you a hard drive, and we’ll arrange to get one to you.

More details and options for suitable hard drive specs:

1) Minimum Hard Drive Specs:

  • Connection: USB 3.0
  • Speed: 7200 RPM (if not solid state)
  • Storage: 2TB or bigger
  • Bus Powered: Portable (powered through USB cable)
  • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

2) Recommended Hard Drive Specs

  • Connection: USB-C or Thunderbolt 3
  • Speed: solid state or NVMe
  • Storage: 1TB
  • Bus Powered: Portable (powered through USB cable)
  • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

3) Make my decision for me:

  • What is a budget friendly option that meets the minimum specs?