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  • Drive choice for quick turn around project

    Posted by Mark Smith on March 7, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Drive Question : Lost my Thunderbay drive temporarily due to an inadvertent upgrade which killed the driver. I have a project for a client – 4 short multicam pieces with 3 angles of HD in each piece a few hundred gigs total for all the media. I’m cutting with an M1 mac mini .l I need a drive to replace my Thunderbay for this effort and am weighing an SSD drive say 2 TB – 550 MB read write speed or a LaCie 4 TB raid drive running as Raid 0 . Price wise they are about the same, the spinning drive is slower and has double the capacity which seems attractive in the long term but might not be perfect for this edit project. What is the opinion of the edit hive mind on this question?

    Paul Carlin replied 3 years, 3 months ago 5 Members · 8 Replies
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  • David Battistella

    March 8, 2021 at 8:38 am


    I would say, connect the drive to another computer and repair it with Disk Warrior to rewrite the catalog file. It should then mount back on the upgraded computer.

    I’ve seen this as well with Big Sur upgrades.


  • Mark Smith

    March 8, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    The issue with the thunderbay drive is that Mac OS 11.2 broke the softraid driver- driver won’t load, disk array won’t mount. Supposedly 11.3 now in Beta fixes the issue, but that won’t be out for a few weeks which doesn’t mesh with getting this project done. Hence my quandry. At this point I think I take the LaCie drive with spinning drives, work in proxy mode if need be with the multicam clips and have the additional storage when done.

  • Mark Smith

    March 9, 2021 at 12:15 am

    TO conclude this- I bought a samsung T 7 2 TB drive – skipped the spinning 4 tb La Cie. I fiured I could also get some use out of it with my BMPC4k among other things. As for the edit I have 4 angles of 1080 2X canon XFAVC and 2X BMPC 4k HQ pro res playing in multicam clips without batting an eye on my M1 mac mini. The min also tears through waveform generation when importing clips unlike my old imac. I’m happy with the choice. Of botht eh drive and the computer.

  • Patrick Donegan

    March 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    wow –

    one of the main reasons I like to make too many carbon copy clones of

    working systems before I upgrade.

    Of course, I would have most likely made this same mistake, believing that a regular software company would get early developer copies of each OS upgrade …

  • Patrick Donegan

    March 9, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Yes, a 2 TB SSD will be very useful for many purposes..

  • W thomas Leroux

    March 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    It’s important to note that Disk Warrior can not rebuild drives using APFS yet.

    DW has saved drives many times for me in the past, though. Well worth the money when they get APFS up and running.

  • Mark Smith

    March 10, 2021 at 12:41 am

    The drive issue is not a repair- disk warrior or any other disk utility repair issue- its the softraid driver being broken. THe drive still works but editing this material on my semi retired Imac is painful. Yeah I could edit on that drive and old imac If I was incarcerated and had lots of time on my hands however that is not the case . The M1 just destroys this material.

    I claim responsibility for F’ing this up. I should have had a time machine back up to 11.1 but did not and got sucked in to the “we fixed the bluetooth issue “ in 11.2, which was a problem and so I did the upgrade which bricked the drive for the M1. When I have a n OS that works for softraid, the M1 will be backed up which should protect me going forward.

  • Paul Carlin

    March 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    You can use the 2TB SSD for your cache/proxy drive when you get back up and running.

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