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AWS Import/Export – Support for Raw Drives and Bigger Devices

by Jeff Barr | on | in Amazon S3 | | Comments

We’ve made two improvements to AWS Import/Export.

You can now send us a “raw” or internal SATA drive all by itself, with no need for an enclosure. You don’t have to send connectors, cables, or power cords. Raw SATA drives appear to be the most cost-effective way to send large amounts of data from place to place.

If you have a SATA cradle (I use this one at home; others have told me that they like this one), you can connect the drive to your desktop machine without having to open up the enclosure.

Also, you can now send us drives with capacities up to 4 TB. Customers with the need to import or export large amounts of data will reduce the number of devices needed.

Don’t forget that tools like Bucket Explorer, the CloudBerry S3 Explorer, and the S3Fox Explorer make it easy to create your Import and Export jobs.

— Jeff;