Approved Media – 970

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.

2.5″ SSD

SizeBrandModel
480 GBOWCOWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (7mm) 480 GB
240 GBOWCOWC Mercury Electra 3G (less than v5.02)

2.5″ HDD

SizeBrandModel
1 TBHGST7K1000 Travelstar (7200 rpm)
750 GBHGST7K750 Travelstar (7200 rpm)
500 GBHGSTZK500 Travelstar (5400 rpm)

External eSATA Drives

SizeBrandModel
1 TBOWCMercury Elite Pro Mini (7200rpm)
500 GBOWCMercury Elite Pro Mini (7200rpm)

External 3.5″ eSATA Enclosures

Approved with: 3.5″ Seagate Barracuda 2 TB drive (not included)

BrandModel
MacAllyG-S350SU3 (3.5″ Aluminum SATA to eSATA and USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure)

External 2.5″ eSATA Enclosures

Approved with: 2.5″ 7K1000 Travelstar (not included), 2.5” ZK500 Travelstar” HDDs (not included)

CF Cards (Via CF Caddy, audio poly)

SizeBrandModel
256 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
128 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
128 GBSanDiskExtreme; UDMA7; 120MB/s
128 GBDelkin DevicesCF1050X, UDMA7, 120 MB/s write; 160MB/s read
32 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
32 GBSanDiskExtreme; UDMA7; 120MB/s
32 GBDelkin DevicesCF1050X, UDMA7, 120 MB/s write; 160MB/s read

Discontinued Media

This table contains media approved/tested by Sound Devices, but is no longer readily available for online purchase.

2.5″ SSD

SizeBrandModel
1 TBCrucialM550
1 TBSanDiskX400 with PIX-SHIM2
1 TBSamsung850 EVO with PIX-SHIM2
960 GBSonyG-Series SV-GS96
960 GBSanDiskExtreme PRO
512 GBSanDiskX210
512 GBSamsung860 PRO
500 GBAngelbirdAVpro
500 GBSamsung860 EVO
480 GBSonyG-Series SV-GS48
480 GBSandiskUltra 3D
480 GBOWCMercury Extreme Pro 6G (9.5mm)
480 GBSanDiskExtreme II
480 GBIntel530 (6Gb/s)
480 GBIntel520
256 GBSamsung830 Series (firmware 2.01)
250 GBAngelbirdAVpro
240 GBOWCMercury Extreme Pro 6G (9.5mm)
240 GBOWCMercury Extreme Pro 6G (7mm)
240 GBSanDiskExtreme II
240 GBSanDiskSanDisk Extreme
240 GBSanDiskSanDisk Ultra
240 GBIntel520
240 GBIntel530 (6Gb/s)
240 GBCorsairForce Series GT (SATA III)
240 GBDigistorProf Video Series, SATA 3, DIG-PVD240S

2.5″ HDD

SizeBrandModel
500 GBWestern DigitalWD5000BPKT

CF Card

SizeBrandModel
64 GBDelkin DevicesCF1000X, UDMA6 and 7
64 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro, UDMA7; 90 MB/s
64 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro, UDMA7; 160 MB/s
64 GBSanDiskExtreme, UDMA7, 120 MB/s
32 GBDelkin DevicesCF1000X, UDMA6 and 7
32 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro; UDMA7; 90MB/s
32 GBDelkin DevicesCF700X, UDMA6, 67 MB/s write; 105MB/s read
16 GBDelkin DevicesCF1000X, UDMA6 and 7
16 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro; UDMA7; 90MB/s
16 GBSanDiskExtreme Pro; UDMA7; 160MB/s
16 GBSanDiskExtreme; UDMA7; 120MB/s
16 GBDelkin DevicesCF700X, UDMA6, 67 MB/s write; 105MB/s read (See Note 2)

External 3.5″ eSATA Enclosures

BrandModel
Orico3519SUS3-BK (3.5″ HDD External Enclosure)

External 2.5″ eSATA Enclosures

BrandModel
Lindy43106 (USB 3.0 & eSATAp Enclosure)

* 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.