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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:30 AM   #16
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that is why I was very disapointed with mbp. PC laptops can be configured with dual drives

If i use the raid1 setup, will I generate 2 copies of everything I do along the way? will that use up much drive space? I was thinking I would only save the finished piece and the original clips and delete all the stuff surrounding it. not sure how much room that extra stuff uses. These videos would only be 2 to 3 minutes long
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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:47 AM   #17
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that is why I was very disapointed with mbp. PC laptops can be configured with dual drives
Yeah, sure but then EVERYTHING is on your laptop, and you need an external drive anyway for backups. What if someone steals the laptop? You're screwed. I don't miss having two internal drives at all. And no matter how much internal space you have, you'll fill it up anyway in no time.

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If i use the raid1 setup, will I generate 2 copies of everything I do along the way? will that use up much drive space?
Well, yeah, that's the idea of RAID 1. You get a mirror of everthing, but you use twice as much drive space. And the performance iis similar to a single drive.

I think you need to be more clear on your performance needs, and how important portability is for you. If your videos are hi-def with lots of layers, etc, you are going to need fast drives. If portability is also important, that leaves the GRaid Mini, or the Little Big Disc. You could then buy another cheap external usb drive just to make backups with.

If portability is not so important, and you could get something larger that plugs in to the wall for power, then your options get much wider.

I don't know how demanding xdcam ex footage is on drives. I don't use it. But if your videos are simple cuts and a single drive plays it back fine, you could get away with something like the OWC Mercury I mention above, again with a cheap usb drive for backups.

The advantage of the separate backup drive is that you can keep it away from the laptop and edit drive, so if someone steals the laptop bag or whatever, you still have your backup.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:49 AM   #18
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lots of good suggestions, thanks
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