Sony Introduces Ultra-Fast, Rugged Portable HDD RAID Drives

Sony Introduces Ultra-Fast, Rugged Portable HDD RAID Drives
Designed for professional 4K recording and high-speed data transfer on location




(SINGAPORE, 9 October 2015) – Meeting the needs of today’s 4K professionals, Sony is introducing the new high speed and high capacity PSZ-RA-Series HDD RAID Drive that provides flexible and efficient storing of data not only in the studio, but also while on location.

The rise of 4K video production comes with an increasing demand for fast and high capacity data transfer solutions. Unlike current HDD RAID products, the new high speed PSZ-RA Series HDD RAID drive (3.5 inch two-bay HDD) can store data at a speed of up to 440MB/s[1] in RAID 0 mode, enabling a 1TB file to be transferred in approximately 50 minutes[2].

Ideal for reliable outdoor use, the portable and rugged RAID drive is highly durable due to its unique construction. The internal and external dumpers protect the bare drive against vibrations and shocks as high as MIL50G/11ms (in non-operating mode[3]). The drive is also delivered with a built-in carrying handle with a tough, easy-to-carry carton box to protect the product against damage during transportation.

Available in two capacities – 4TB PSZ-RA4T and 6TB PSZ-RA6T – the new PSZ-RA-Series HDD RAID drive includes USB 3.0 and dual Thunderbolt2 ports that are 25 times faster than FireWire 800. Furthermore, the dual Thunderbolt ports support daisy chain up to 6 units. Flexibility is further enhanced with a choice of Hardware RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD modes.

Memory Media Utility software is supplied for easy media management (downloadable here). Users can use this software to format their drive, check the remaining capacity, the file system or the RAID mode. This software also alerts them when the drive needs to be replaced. For more details, please visit www.sony.net/mmu/[4].

The PSZ-RA4T and PSZ-RA6T will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from November 2015. 

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Specification Sheets

Models
PSZ-RA4T
PSZ-RA6T
Capacity
4TB[5]
6TB5
HDD size / Rotational speed
2 x 3.5 inch / 7,200 rpm
I/F
1 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt 2
RAID
RAID 0 / 1 / JBOD
Transfer speed
Read / Write: Up to 440 MB/s1 in RAID 0
Shock resistance[6]
MIL 20G/11 ms (in operating mode), 50G/11 ms (in non-operating mode)3
Operating condition
5°c ~ 40°c / 8% ~ 90% (No Condensation)
Storage condition
-20°c ~ 60°c / 8% ~ 90% (No Condensation)
Warranty
3 years
Size (W x H x L) / Weight
Approx. 156 x 100 x 241 mm / 2.9 kg
OS
Use with both Mac & Win[7]
Supplied application
Memory Media Utility



[1]   Based on Sony’s internal testing; speed may vary upon measurement conditions.
[2]   Sony internal testing using the SxS PRO+ memory card (SBP-256D), SxS Reader Writer (SBAC-US30), and PSZ-RA6T. Transferring time may vary depending on test conditions.
[3]   Based on Sony’s testing according to MIL-STD-810F, Method 516.5. Sony cannot guarantee against damage to recorded data or the exterior case in all situations and conditions. Do not deliberately drop it or subject it to impact.
[4]  “Memory Media Utility” new version with dedicated features for the PSZ-RA series will be available in November 2015.
[5]   Capacity is based on 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. A portion of the memory is used for system files and may vary.
[6]   Sony cannot guarantee against damage to recorded data or the exterior case in all situations and conditions. Do not deliberately drop it or subject it to impact.
[7]   Supported with Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Mac OS X 10.8.5, OS X 10.9, OS X 10.10.

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