970 - Approved Media List

The following is a list of approved storage devices for use with the 970 audio recorder.

The specific mechanisms and devices below have been extensively tested by Sound Devices. This list is regularly updated as new drives are tested.

Type Size Brand Model
2.5" SSD 1 TB Crucial M550
SanDisk X400 with PIX-SHIM2
Samsung 850 EVO with PIX-SHIM2
960 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO
512 GB SanDisk X210
500 GB Angelbird AVpro
480 GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (9.5mm)
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (7mm)
SanDisk Extreme II
Intel 530 (6Gb/s)
Intel 520 (Important Firmware Update)
256 GB Samsung 830 Series (firmware 2.01)
250 GB Angelbird AVpro
240 GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (9.5mm)
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (7mm)
OWC Mercury Electra 3G (less than v5.02)
SanDisk Extreme II
SanDisk SanDisk Extreme
SanDisk SanDisk Ultra
Intel 520 (Important Firmware Update)
Intel 530 (6Gb/s)
Corsair Force Series GT (SATA III)
Digistor Prof Video Series, SATA 3, DIG-PVD240S
Type Size Brand Model
2.5" HDD See Note 1 1 TB HGST 7K1000 Travelstar (7200 rpm)
750 GB HGST 7K750 Travelstar (7200 rpm)
500 GB Western Digital WD5000BPKT
HGST ZK500 Travelstar (5400 rpm)
Type Size Brand Model
External eSATA Drives See Note 1 1 TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini (7200rpm)
500 GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini (7200rpm)
Type Brand Model
External 3.5" eSATA Enclosures Approved with: 3.5" Seagate Barracuda 2 TB drive (not included) See Note 1 Orico 3519SUS3-BK (3.5" HDD External Enclosure)
MacAlly G-S350SU3 (3.5" Aluminum SATA to eSATA and USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure)
Type Brand Model
External 2.5" eSATA Enclosures Approved with: 2.5" 7K1000 Travelstar (not included) 2.5” ZK500 Travelstar" HDDs (not included) See Note 1 LINDY 43106 (USB 3.0 & eSATAp Enclosure)
Type Size Brand Model
CF Cards via CF Caddy (audio poly) 256 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
128 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
SanDisk Extreme; UDMA7; 120MB/s
Delkin Devices CF1050X, UDMA7, 120 MB/s write; 160MB/s read
64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro, UDMA7; 160 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro, UDMA7; 90 MB/s
SanDisk Extreme, UDMA7, 120 MB/s
Delkin Devices CF1000X, UDMA6 and 7
32 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro; UDMA7; 90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme; UDMA7; 120MB/s
Delkin Devices CF1050X, UDMA7, 120 MB/s write; 160MB/s read
Delkin Devices CF1000X, UDMA6 and 7
Delkin Devices CF700X, UDMA6, 67 MB/s write; 105MB/s read
16 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro; UDMA7; 90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme; UDMA7; 120MB/s
Delkin Devices CF1000X, UDMA6 and 7
Delkin Devices CF700X, UDMA6, 67 MB/s write; 105MB/s read See Note 2

* Note 1: Approved mechanical drives are recommended for use only in stationary applications. Excessive vibration or motion may cause data corruption. The approved mechanical drives listed support Broadcast Wave polyphonic audio files, but not Broadcast Wave monophonic files. Use approved Solid State Drives if recording to Broadcast Wave monophonic file format is required.

** Note 2: Sound Devices has worked directly with Delkin to identify an intermittent Media I/O issue with newer Delkin CF 500x and CF 700x cards. Delkin has confirmed that a recent change to these two cards is most likely responsible for the errors. Cards containing KZ in the serial number are susceptible to this issue and should not be used. Cards containing VB in the serial number will function correctly and are approved. Deklin CF 1000x and 1050x cards do not experience this issue and may continue to be used.