The Hindu Magazine : Sunday, 28 Jun 2015

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Photo published in The Hindu Sunday Magazine 28 June2015

Photo published in The Hindu Sunday Magazine 28 June2015

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3 Windows In North Kolkata (Calcutta)

Read the full article “The old calcutta chromosomeS” at : http://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/saving-kolkatas-heritage-buildings/article7360740.ece

 

 

Transcend 2TB StoreJet 300

Apple MAC computers are a boon for any photographers, a necessity for all the processing, editing, colour correction and cropping. I, personally use my MAC computer exclusively for photograph related work. Now, while dealing with a large number of files that easily cross 200 at one go and that too in RAW formats of 10-20 MB each – storage, backup and restore throws the  biggest challenge.

Transcend, a trusted brand name in the field of storage and memory devices and solutions, seemed to have perfectly understood the need and have come out with a line of portable devices and expansion memory cards exclusively for MAC users and probably photographers like me !

So, when the two products, Transcend 2TB StoreJet 300 and JetDrive Lite 330 (128 GB),  was handed over to me by the courier, I could sense that my days of worry over storage is over.

Transcend 2TB StoreJet portable hard drive with thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interface

The white rectangular product box with smart graphics bordering on simplicity, clearly reflects the minimalistic and yet elegant style that is so typically Apple. Definitely a recommendable first impression.

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Once the protective plastic wrap is taken out, unboxing is as simple as pushing out the cardboard inner compartment nesting a white plastic tray containing the items stacked efficiently. On the top was the portable Hard Drive, followed by  the manuals, warranty card and colourful product booklet.

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Under them were the two white interface cables (Thunderbolt and USB 3.0) neatly packed in individual plastic packets.

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Right below was a surprise in the form of a black hard drive cover made with smooth leathery textured anti-slip material.

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The ergonomics and texture of the silvery-white metallic beveled case (the drive itself) perfectly complemented my MACBook Pro. The sleek and sturdy looking hard drive is bound to attract attention . Although the portable hard drive packs a whooping 2TB of space, the relatively small dimension and weight is its advantage. A truly portable hard drive that is easy to carry. I was expecting something larger and am glad that Transcend proved me wrong.

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I could not but appreciate the design and presentation of the box and hard drive. Transcend have thought of it all.

Plugging in the Thunderbolt interface cable

The portable drive comes with two interfaces or ports for connectivity, one with SuperSpeed (SS) USB 3.0 (indicated by SS with USB symbol) and the other by using Thunderbolt.

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As with plugging in any new hardware to a MAC, I was a bit apprehensive. The thunderbolt cable ends (jacks) had the symbol of thunderbolt (a arrow in the shape of thunderbolt) clearly imprinted on them. The two ends of the thunderbolt cable snugly fit into the the hard drive port and the MACBook Pro interface on the side deck.

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Almost immediately, a reassuring small but bright neon blue light lit up at the top centre of the hard drive indicating that the connection is successfully made. The MACBook Pro recognised the hard drive, as the orange device  icon came up on the desktop. I was promoted with the following “Do you want to use Transcend (2 TB) to backup with Time Machine ?” with the familiar three options namely “Decide Later” “Don’t Use” and “Use as Backup Disk”

I decided to “Decide Later” and proceed with a few trials and testing first. Although, I have already made up mind to use it for backup with Time Machine at a later stage.

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The drive comes pre-formatted in HFS+ and fully supports Time Machine. Truly Plug-and-Play and ready to go device.

The First transfer

I decided to give a ‘Copy Paste’ transfer a run.

About 40.23 GB (3,697 files) of photos were copied from the MACBook Pro hard disk to a folder (photographs) in the Transcend 2TB StoreJet 300. For the first time, the files got transferred in approx. 8 minutes. Of course the Thunderbolt connection was used and blue light kept blinking indicating how busy it was. I had my fingers crossed and for a moment wondered whether the transfer time displayed is really achievable.

I had transferred similar amount of files before using other external drives but  the Transcend 2TB StoreJet 300 achieved it in almost one-third of the previous speed.

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The portable drive came with a couple of free and yet recommendable Transcend’s software bundles and means to activate 2-years warranty online.

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Impressed with the hard drive’s overall performance and good looks, I am certain that the 2TB StoreJet portable hard disk is going to be an important part of my photography workflow for years to come.

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Product Link : http://in.transcend-info.com/Products/No-678

Author 
Akash Mondal (MIT, AFIP)
web: www.akashmondal.com

Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 (128 GB)

Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 (128 GB)

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Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 (128 GB) storage expansion card arrived in a sleek white cardboard box bearing simplistic graphics in black similar to that of 2TB StoreJet box pack.

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Inside the box was a decent two-part transparent plastic casing. The top part was a cover while the lower one was grooved to house the JetDrive Lite 330 (128 GB) storage expansion card for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, which was easy to take out. Good casing as it can be reused to store the storage expansion card.

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The white cardboard box further contained a warranty card and two product booklets.

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- The two sides of the Expansion Memory card (kept on the StoreJet for comparison)

 

Inserting The JetDrive Lite 330 (128 GB)

The storage expansion card fitted snugly inside the memory slot and that too seamlessly without any part of it jutting out. One could easily forget that it is inside. It is designed for a perfect fit that would be hassle free to carry the MACBook Pro with card safely inside. See the photos below :

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- The card is inside the memory card slot and it is almost invisible.

The card was instantly recognised and ready to use. 128 GB at my disposal any time, anywhere. A perfect plug-n-play device with a forget me approach.

I plan to store my photography profile album and the most recent  photographs being currently worked on. That way, thanks to the expansion card, the above mentioned files can be easily accessible without the hassle to searching in the drives every time.

The card is supposed to be resistant to water, dust, and shock. Although, I have no intention to test out these facts. Only time will tell.

The JetDrive Lite 330 (128 GB) storage expansion card is a perfect companion to the 2TB portable drive.
Product Link : http://in.transcend-info.com/Apple/jetdrivelite/