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Raymond Singer

"It just does its thing. Quickly. Quietly. Dependably. What more would you want from a work drive?", states Raymond Singer from Cut to the Story Films while using the AKiTiO ThunderGo.

“OK, $950 for a 1TB SSD drive that does Thunderbolt 2 and USB3? Seems like a lot of dough. What if I said, you actually get more than you paid for?”

“We all know SSD drives are fast, so it’s no news that the Akitio ThunderGo is fast. Actually, the little guy is blazingly fast. That’s nice when it comes to copying a stack of camera cards, editing and rendering a few streams of HD content on your NLE, or just plain reading and writing a slew of material. But how does it hold up when you take it out in the field, use it day in and day out on a heavy documentary shoot in all kinds of weather? When it’s constantly with you, copying camera cards or editing on your laptop in Hilo, Hawaii, Cameroon, Africa, or on an airplane in- between those or some other locations? What happens when you grabbed your camera from the bag but inadvertently left the drive behind in your car with the windows closed? I’ll tell you what happens. Nothing. That drive just takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Except it doesn’t tick. Or tock. Or hum. Or spin. It just sits there. A smug little brick full of information that is easily and quickly accessible and SAFE from all the vague but deadly things other hard drives are afraid of for very good reason.”

“I love Akitio products because they work, are designed to do their thing in the background without flashy boxes or crazy colors, and have never let me down. The ThunderGo is no exception.”

“I’ve been using the ThunderGo for about four months now. So why did it take me so long to write a review? Because I’ve been too busy using and loving the drive to sit down and write it. Which isn’t really fair because this thing is GREAT! I figured I’d use it with my MacBook Pro on location for copying camera cards and location and field editing. I do. And for a lot more than that. It’s become indispensable. It makes my MacBook a powerhouse and a library full of useful things in addition to the project(s) I’m currently working on while on the road. I use it at home, too, because it’s just so darn easy and dependable. It’s a backup drive, a work drive, a lending library and even makes a non-skid paperweight to hold down all those edit notes in a stiff breeze. And it doesn’t take up any room on the airplane tray table because you can stuff it into the seatback pocket. It doesn’t care if it’s upside-down, rightside-up or balancing on its edge. Whatever. It just does its thing. Quickly. Quietly. Dependably. What more would you want from a work drive?”

“It’s love. What else can I tell you?”

Raymond Singer is an actor, editor, cinematographer, and award-winning screenwriter of Disney’s Mulan; HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels; Dreamworks’ Joseph, King of Dreams; and half a dozen movies for television. His acting career includes appearances in more than 100 television shows, two TV series, and several feature films, as well as plays both on and off Broadway. His production company, Cut to the Story, has created documentaries for nonprofits, schools, and the State of California, and has also made concert and music videos. Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, a documentary about Iraq and Afghan war veterans who find healing in organic farming, which he co-produced, shot, and edited, won the Best Solution Award at the 2013 Cinema Verde Film Festival.

Learn more about Raymond Singer’s work and watch videos of it at his company’s website at