Camcorders are the Stephen King of the digital media world: they produce a lot of stuff (although not all of it's scary). That stuff - those digital video files - have to go somewhere and that somewhere is usually your computer's hard drive. Unfortunately, that drive will fail. It may happen later, it may happen sooner, but one thing is for certain: it is going to happen. And when it does, it's taking your videos with it.
Western Digital's new My Passport Studio external hard drives (Mac edition) can reduce the risk of losing a lifetime's worth of digital memories. They're available in capacities of 320GB to 640GB, from $149 to $199. They have an "e-label" which displays basic drive details (like remaining capacity and a name for the contents) even when the drive is powered off.
This, or external drives like it, is an excellent solution for backing up your video (for more suggestions and back up tips, click here). Though it's pricier, it's best to buy the highest capacity drive you can afford. If you're an avid video shooter, you're going to need it.
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