Creative Communities of the World Forums

The peer to peer support community for media production professionals.

Activity Forums Field Production A DIT question: to RAID or not to RAID

  • A DIT question: to RAID or not to RAID

    Posted by Angelo Lorenzo on May 3, 2012 at 4:11 am

    When I perform DIT work, I usually purchase pairs of external drives. I use Shotput Pro to offload data from camera and sound media which allows me to offload to multiple disks simultaneously. Time-wise, offloading to two separate drives is a non-issue.

    I had the chance to work with a director’s GSafe which is Hitachi’s little two drive RAID 1 box and I liked using it. I kind of want to purchase one, or something similar, on my own.

    -Smaller footprint
    -Less cabling
    -Keeps an eSATA port open for the RED Station (my tower only has two eSATA ports) so it eliminates a speed bottleneck there
    -Cheaper for productions as bare drives are less expensive than full external drives

    -I don’t need to purchase this as all productions supply a hard drive budget, so I can just get externals
    -Bare drives are more fragile to transport and store outside of the RAID trays once they are handed to the client
    -Post production would need a hard drive docking station (hard drive toaster) to deal with bare drives
    -Full mirroring is a blessing and a curse; Data loss from accidental human deletes could be a factor albeit a very small one. I’m the only one who touches data on-set, and while in a RAID, and I’m not that foolish

    Thoughts? Looks like logically the answer is leaning more towards no, so maybe I’m suffering from some gear lust.

    Bob Cole replied 11 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
  • 3 Replies
  • Bob Cole

    May 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Would an LTO tape drive be too much to add?

  • Angelo Lorenzo

    May 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm


    I’ve been thinking about an LTO for my own long term storage, but I don’t think it fits in the equation for my client’s needs. I usually DIT on higher end corporate videos or lower budget < $1mil shorts and features. I would deliver LTO, but it never seems to jive with anyone elses workflow. An LTO drive is on my list of acquisitions though.

  • Bob Cole

    May 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Fair enough. I think I read somewhere that LTO backup is mandated by insurance companies on big productions. Hard drives are pretty reliable, but LTO seems to be the gold standard.

We use anonymous cookies to give you the best experience we can.
Our Privacy policy | GDPR Policy