Which drives should you use?
There are quite a large number of drives available on the market, and newer models appear all the time. To avoid potential data loss and/or write/read errors, ATOMOS only recommends the use of AtomX SSDmini, approved SSD media and CFAST II media only. For the most up-to-date information on compatible drives, please visit: www.atomos.com/drives
Spinning Disk Drives (HDD's) are not recommended for use with your NINJA V. They are not suitable for 4K recording or for use in environments or situations where they are subject to harsh vibration or mechanical shocks. They are also not suitable for external recording beyond 1080p30.
Master Caddy II does NOT fit into the NINJA V media slot when ATOMOS CONNECT is attached. Only Master Caddy III, AtomX SSDmini or AtomX CFast Adapter should be used in this scenario.
Solid State Drives (SSDs)
Widely available 2.5” SSDs are the basic storage media for ATOMOS Monitor Recorders. We work closely with leading drive manufacturers to qualify as many options as possible. Before using these drives, they need to be mounted in the Master Caddy II or Master Caddy III. For more information refer to How to mount a disk into Master Caddy II .
To purchase Master Caddy II units, visit atomos.com/accessories/master-caddy-ii-5pack
ATOMOS has teamed with the world’s leading media manufacturers to design SSD media that is better suited to our ever evolving Monitor Recorders. The AtomX SSDmini is a little over 1/4 inch tall and 3” long. It is also 20% shorter than traditional SSDs, yet keeps the standard SATA III connector.
It fits directly into the NINJA V without the need for a Master Caddy II and is compatible with all ATOMOS recorders and docking stations. AtomX SSDmini is backward compatible with previous ATOMOS devices by adding a clever extension handle (SSDmini adapter). These tiny, slimline SSDs are a true innovation by our close drive partners Nextorage and Angelbird. 1 TB AtomX SSDmini by Angelbird pictured.
To purchase an SSDmini handle adapter, visit atomos.com/accessories/ssdmini-handle
AtomX CFast Adapter
The AtomX CFast adapter from Angelbird, utilizes the AtomX SSDmini form factor and allows you to use CFast 2.0 Type I cards for recording on ATOMOS NINJA V. When combined with the Angelbird AV PRO CF – CFast 2.0 memory card, you can capture RAW in high resolution and high frame rates. You can even utilize older CFast type 1 cards to upload and store 3D LUTs.
To purchase an AtomX CFast Adapter, visit atomos.com/accessories/atomx-cfast-adapter
For drives that carry the ATOMOS Logo such as the G-Technology 4K SSD, Angelbird 4KRAW, AtomX SSDmini by Angelbird and Sony, an option for Secure Erase is presented. This allows for the entire drive including the drive cache to be formatted. This will erase ALL content on the drive meaning nothing can be recovered. It will wipe all data off the drive (which may also be useful as a additional security measure) and reset it back as close as possible to factory conditions. The benefit of this feature is that it helps to maintain maximum drive performance, and therefore should be used when available.
Backing up and archiving
Remember that no storage media, including tape, optical disks, spinning disks and flash memory, is completely immune from failure. You should bear this in mind when deciding how to manage your recorded content. At the very least, you should consider the consequences for you and your business if your storage media were to suffer from a sudden failure, and you should back up your content accordingly.
To ensure the integrity of data writes and to avoid situations such as fragmentation, the ATOMOS operating system on the NINJA V does not support the deletion of files. We also do not advise removing or deleting files randomly from the disk on your computer. Often files are left in the trash or garbage partition of the drive occupying drive cache and this can affect drive performance. It’s advised that you archive your content and reformat the drive before each shoot. For more details refer to the Using the NINJA V - Best Practice section.