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Old October 14th, 2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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What RAID systems are you using?

I'm thinking about buying a RAID for my Mac Pro. Since I buyed the XDCAM EX I edit in HD, and you know what amounts of data we have to handle. I currently have two 500 GB drives in the Mac and several external drives. I manually copy valuable data/footage/FCP projects to external drives for backup, but this is not a very reliable solution, and it is slowwwwww...

So I want something like a RAID 5 for fast and huge redundant data storage. But I don't have a big budget, and everything I have seen on the net is just out of my reach.

What brands and models are you using?
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Old October 14th, 2008, 06:08 AM   #2
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Areca ARC1680-iX series PCI-e controller with 4 GB cache and BBM. 8 internal disks in raid50 for media, 4 external eSATA drives in raid3 for projects/previews. Effective storage up to 6 or 9 TB internally, 3 or 4.5 TB externally, depending on the disks.

IMO this is the best solution currently, albeit not the cheapest one.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 08:04 AM   #3
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Check out http://www.barefeats.com and read there RAID reviews from earlier this year. The RocketRAID cards are pretty good and reasonably priced.

You can use an RR2322 card in a faster Mac Pro with good results, even though it is software based (through the driver). Also see the review here but note that this is software RAID and if you're 8 disks in "RAID0" (stripe set) you have no redundancy and 8 times the risk of losing all your data (which may be 4TB which never ever is "easy" to get back. But the 'blueprint' and experience is valuable on it's own.

Use an RR3522 for bootable, "true" hardware accelerated RAID performance. This is especially needed if your running a RAID and parity needs to be calculated (RAID3/5/6) or if you are running processor intensive processes and needing full disk performance at the same time (compositing, 3D, etc).

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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:22 AM   #4
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I've been using LaCie's products for some time and have always had good results. The newest RAID I've purchased from them is the Biggest S2S with PCI-Express card. 5GB of drive space on 5 drives. I have it stup as RAID 1, but it supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, and JBOD. Current price $1,900.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:44 AM   #5
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About the same price as my solution, only LaCie gives you half the speed at best, a third of the capacity and fewer raid options. Better build it yourself than buying an overpriced LaCie.
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