Many things come to mind when we think about portable storage; USB pen drives, USB external drives and maybe even some eSATA solid state hybrid drives if you have a taste for the exotic. None of these are going to cut it when other people's money is on the line, because they should all be considered temporary storage. Valuable data should always remain in a redundant state, be that a NAS server or multiple copies kept on different devices.
Over the years we have covered devices that were designed with a broad range of users and a few that focus on specific users. The AIC MiniBOD is of the latter category and focuses on users looking for uncompromised performance when dealing with valuable data and making that data available on the go in other locations. I could come up with several scenarios where the AIC MiniBOD would be a perfect fit for professionals, but instead of just coming up with one I will share a time in my life when the MiniBOD would have been very useful.
Many years ago I use to run sound for a couple of bands in the Indianapolis area. At the time pro audio was just starting to merge with the PC; companies like MOTU and Steinberg were still quite small and just looking to make a name with their products. Typical effects still ran on dedicated rack equipment and the cost of really good effects was still totaling that of a gently used Cadillac. PC effects were still quite new and without very fast processors, memory and the most important, fast storage, the latency would make using a PC in a live environment an option that wasn't possible.
Fortunately, having access to the latest dual socket motherboards, RAID controllers, SCSI drives and mountains of RAM opened the gates for me to use a PC in this environment. All of that equipment was very heavy and the RAID array rack case was at least seventy pounds alone. This made moving a dedicated portable rack filled with a couple of rack mounted PCs and the storage hardware difficult, my rack weighed more than the racks full of amplifiers!
The AIC MiniBOD actually holds the same amount of HDDs that we used back then and is able to fit in an included travel bag with a fully loaded weight of under 10 pounds.
Let's take a look at the specs and see how AIC was able to make this mini monster.