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Follow up to Backup discussion on ABC Radio Sydney last night




If you tuned in to my segment on Evenings with Chris Bath on ABC Radio Sydney about backing up… you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some services that will help protect or possibly retrieve your precious data.

Many of these I’ve used personally while the others come highly recommended.


Recommend this for most people for documents and photos – minimal video.

Best automated

Online storage that can used like backup


If your computer isn’t reading a drive and it isn’t making a clicking sound. Try a software fix first. Works for usb drives and sd cards too.




When all else fails get your drive to a pro. It won’t be cheap – a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars.

But if you absolutely need the data back – give this service a try. It saved me.


This is cheap and large enough to backup almost any personal computer.

Works instantly with Mac

SSD For super fast backup and basically drop proof.

I have several of these and can’t praise them enough.

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: FA 18 Retires – Sony A1 Delivers



In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we looked as the retirement of the F/A-18 ‘Classic’ Hornet after 36 years service with the Royal Australian Airforce.

The Hornet will be replaced by the F-35A Lightning II.

When it comes to tech, nothing beats a fighter jet.

Aviation fans got their last chance to farewell the Hornet during Wings Over Illawarra Air Show.


When it came to documenting the Air Show there was no better camera than the Sony A1 for the job.

Events like Wings over Illawarra prove without a doubt that smartphones can’t compete with real cameras.

Big sensors and big lenses win every time.

The Sony A1 is the best mirrorless camera on the market in my opinion.

Thanks to a 50MP sensor it does 8K video 4K super slow-mo and outstanding high-speed action photography.

Add a Sony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 Series OSS Lens and you’re good to go.

Perfect for capturing flying jets.


I also took the recently released Fujifilm GFX 50S II for a spin.

Packing a 50MP MEDIUM FORMAT sensor this is a wonderful camera for landscapes and portraits.

I spent more time using the A1 due to its video, fast focus and frames per second capabilities.

But I’m looking forward to testing the 50SII on other projects.


It’s time to party and there a several portable speakers on the market.

The LG XBOOM 360 portable speaker that fills the space with high-quality, omnidirectional audio. 

Three different mood lighting presets including ‘ambient’, ‘nature’ and ‘party’. 

‘DJ Effect’, which allows for the mixing of multiple samples, scratching and other sound effects through the LG XBOOM companion app.


Aussie company BlueAnt has released a smaller version of the X5 portable speaker.

The X4 is a a powerful 50-Watt party speaker that weighs 2.6kg.

It’s IP54 splash proof, comes with a performance microphone and lasts for up to 12 hours per charge.

And .. not sure why .. you can connect up to 100 X4 speakers at a time in party mode.


Forget using spinning disk drives ever again because the SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE ArmorLock SSD is a drive for everyone, not just professionals.

Key Features:

  • Simple unlock with your phone, no password needed
  • Auto Unlock feature to quickly gain access to your SSD with a pre-authorised device
  • Pro-grade speeds with up to 1000MB/s read, 1000MB/s write
  • Multi-user and multi-drive management
  • 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption
  • Heat-dispersing core for sustained performance
  • Ultra-rugged with IP67 dust/water resistance, up to 3M drop2 and 1000lb crush resistance
  • Professional-level, 5-year limited warranty
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Wow! Check out this storage solution from SanDisk Professional



It doesn’t matter if you’re pro or amateur creator – you need a reliable storage system for your precious image library.

And the SanDisk Professional brand looks like a comprehensive solution from Western Digital.

  • PRO-CINEMA CFexpress VPG400 – An all-new professional-grade, rugged CFexpress® card for videographers and cinematographers needing superior, uninterrupted performance with video recording at a minimum of 400MB/s** to keep up with the demands facing today’s videography, broadcast and cinema industries. The new card is expected to be available starting August 2021.

  • PRO-READER series – Four new PRO-READER devices that feature a USB-CTM interface that supports SuperSpeed USB 10Gbs. Designed to work with latest and most common camera media including CFastTM, CFexpress, RED Mini-Mag®, CF, microSDTM and SDTM cards. The series of PRO-READERS are expected to be available starting August 2021.

  • PRO-DOCK 4 – A new revolutionary 4-bay reader docking station that can bridge capture and ingest with a truly scalable offloading solution that saves critical time and money on multi-camera productions. The PRO-DOCK 4, expected to be available starting August 2021, enables up to four simultaneous card offloads.

  • A new 4TB* G-DRIVE™ ArmorLock™ Encrypted NVMe™ SSD along with our trusted line up of G-DRIVE™ ultra-rugged portable drives, desktop devices featuring our enterprise-grade Ultrastar® drives, and G-RAID™ and G-RAID SHUTTLE transportable, enterprise-grade RAID solutions (now featuring both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C support) that offer an exceptional range of reliable, high-performance, high-capacity drives for everything from transfer to 100TB+* back up and archive for all types of mission-critical content. The broad range of new drives are expected to begin rolling out starting August 2021.

More info at SanDisk Professional.

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REAL WORLD TEST: Samsung T5 USB C Portable SSD



One for the geeks and video creators. These portable Samsung SSD drives are fantastic. Here’s a real time video (uncut) of a 40.13 GB file transfer from a MacBook Pro to a T5 SSD drive.

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