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  • External Storage for M1 Max

  • David Kaltenbach

    September 6, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    This past summer I purchased the Mac Studio Apple M1 Max. I was in “the edit frenzy zone” working on a pilot film and the old system was overheating. Things have calmed down but now I am looking at storage. I have been a G-tech guy for years with daisy chains, Seagate external drive, WD Books which I would never buy again (sorry I was desperate)… I’m ready to set up for a raid system with the new M1. I am just fishing for advice, suggestions, experience on ‘what’s best for my external storage.” 80% I shoot in HD and 20% in 4K. Just trying to get by because all externals are full. Looking to purchase 12T to 24T. Thank you. Sincerely.

  • Rich Rubasch

    December 22, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Check out RAIDS from OWC. I also am a huge fan of SoftRaid and have been running it for more than a decade. Solid as Sears. No, wait….

  • Thomas Howard

    December 27, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I also endorse OWC RAID external drive boxes and SoftRAID. Careful though, with the new M1 and crash issues. My MacBook Pro M1 Max was repeatedly crashing and restarting on its own when plugged into my raids, especially when booting DaVinci Resolve. After posting on many forums, pressing Apple and OWC support a solution was reached. Do not format your drives with the 16k setting rather choose the 64k setting. Forgive me if I can’t remember how or where you choose this setting when creating a RAID. I am currently waiting on tech support before striping a new RAID 5 because I can not find where in SoftRAID 7 to choose 64k. any help here?

  • Thomas Howard

    December 27, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Avoid M1 crashes due to default 16k stripe unit size. Highlight all the disks you want in the RAID, then right click to select new volume, you’ll give it a name, format, and then continue, the next menu will ask for the stripe unit size. For the M1 Macs choose 64k instead of the default 16k.

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