Having time for coffee, and how I fell in love with SSD and ExFAT

Every time I prepare to train a class of editors, I seem to discover another interesting project that would be great to share with them, and include in the training files. And of course those files need to be transferred onto their computers, typically ahead of time.

Gone are the days when I could dump the training content onto a small USB stick first thing in the morning, and whiz around the computers, transferring files whilst the trainees arrived.

These days I have well over 20GB of sample files, tutorials and useful projects that can be referred to long after the class is over. Which means... getting to the training location the night before, or ridiculously early in the morning, just to have time to transfer all the files.

And more and more, trainees are turning up on the day with their own laptops, meaning elongated introductions and coffee time whilst I transfer files. This is why I've been using G-Tech ev drives (I'm getting around 130MB/s transfer speed), to reduce the transfer time.

Until now...

Several weeks ago I took delivery of the G-DRIVE SSD ev drive, and just stared unbelievingly at the transfer speed... 

Being able to transfer over 20GB of files in about a minute via USB3 onto a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina (in my tests it achieved almost 400 MB/s) makes the start of the training day significantly easier. Especially when you have up to 10 attendees, and you need to transfer material onto all their machines). 

Also, re-formatting the drive to ExFAT means that whether delegates turn up with a Windows or Mac machine, I don't have carry duplicate drives in various formats, just to be able to transfer files.

And these days, training Premiere Pro means training on both Windows and Mac simultaneously, with the same files, as PPro performs on both platforms almost identically (allthough there are a few things to consider when transferring a project between platforms).

I know I could save time by pre-loading material onto multiple drives and carrying these around with me everywhere I go, but as I travel extensively for work, it can be lots of fun* just watching whilst airport security slowly unpacks your bag and asks why you have so many drives in your hand-luggage.

(*not fun at all)

So, practically, how does this affect my day? Fewer drives means lighter bags and less shoulder pain, and quicker transfer speeds means faster transfer of files, so I now have time to actually chat to the trainees and find out what they'd really like to get out of the day (which means better training for them!).

Oh, and it means I get to actually have a coffee at the start of the day as well.