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Sony Unveils Portable Pro Storage Drives

Sony announced its new portable 256GB Solid-State Drive (PSZ-SA25), as well as 500GB and 1TB (PSZ-HA50 and PSZ-HA1T) hard disk drives for professional video applications.

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Unedited press release follows:

Sony Introduces Portable Storage Drives for Professional Use

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 13, 2013 – Sony’s new portable storage solutions are designed for professionals who need high-speed, highly reliable data storage, for back-up and transfer of content in the field.

This new line includes a 256GB solid state drive (PSZ-SA25) and two hard disk models with capacities of 500GB and 1TB (PSZ-HA50 and PSZ-HA1T).

“Today’s professionals need high-capacity, reliable media to back-up and transport content,” said Wayne Desmond of Sony’s Media and Application Solutions Division. “With file-based workflows and 4K image capture more common now, files are much larger and more challenging for ‘data wranglers.’ These new shuttle drives give professionals the speed and durability they need, and more important, the peace of mind knowing their content is stored safely in a hard case ready for transport or storage.”

Each drive features one USB 3.0 and two FireWire 800 interfaces, allowing users to transfer video at up to 400MBps with the SSD model and 120MBps with the HDD models via USB 3.0. At these speeds, users can transfer approximately 30GB of video to the SSD drive in less than 90 seconds via USB 3.0.

The drives also connect to compatible Sony hardware such as the PMW-50 or PMW-1000 decks.

Each has a heavy silicon cover and protective case to withstand the rigors of field production and reduce shipping damage. Built-in shock resistance can absorb falls of up to 7.5 feet for SSD and up to 6.5 feet for HDD.

The drives are compliant with MIL-STD-810G standard, the IP5X dust-resistant standard and the IPX4 splash-resistant standard so data can be used in a range of environments and conditions.

Pre-installed formatting software lets users easily switch between FAT32, HFS+ and NTFS formats, and an LED indicator lets users know the status of data transfers. The drives are also stackable for easy daisy-chaining with a design that allows for increased airflow between each to reduce heat build-up.

The new Sony drives come with a full three-year limited warranty. To learn more about these new products click:

Sony Portable Storage Video
The PSZ-SA25 SSD drive, and the PSZ-HA50 and PSZ-HA1T HDD drives are planned to be available this month at the following suggested pricing:

• PSZHA50 – $127.99

• PSZHA1T – $173.99

• PSZSA25 – $299.99

When connected to USB 2.0 compatible devices, data will be transferred via USB 2.0.

Speeds may vary upon measurement condition.

Shock resistance tests performed dropping units onto an industrial carpet on 6 sides of SSD/ HDD.

Sony does not guarantee against damage to recorded data or the exterior case in all situations and conditions.

Dust-resistant/splash-resistant performance is achieved only when the interface doors are firmly closed.

Sony recommends no more than two drives daisy-chained as performance may be compromised depending on computer power source, and no more than three drives stacked to prevent heat build-up.