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  • Initialize a RAID drive or not?

    Posted by Seth Burke on October 6, 2022 at 7:04 am

    Can someone explain what an initialization of a RAID means? I just assumed it was similar as any other drive, plug it in, format it, and start working off of it. I plugged in a new Lacie 6Big 24TB Raid to use as a working hot drive. When creating the Raid, (Raid 5) it gave me the option to “Initialize the Drive”. From what I’ve been able to find is that initializing is an added security for the drive, but it’s not necessary? And I also found that this process can take days or even weeks to finish.

    How often will I need to Initialize once it’s done? Is this a one-time thing, or will I need to do this periodically?
    If I choose NOT to do this, does this remove the Raid 5’s redundancy feature? And therefore, might as well do a Raid 0?
    I’m new to this RAID format, so I’m sure I’ll have more questions in the future regarding what Synchronization, Rebuilding, and Disk Checking is. But for now, is there a best practices when setting up a RAID for editing 4k footage?

    More info:
    – The drive will be used to edit a 4K multicam project in Premiere, I’ll probably use medium level proxies.
    – I have a backup of all my files on a separate warm drive, but decided for Raid 5 for the added security, so I’m not relying solely on the Raid 5’s security.

    – I’m on Windows and the drive is formatted as NTFS

    Any help on this is much appreciated.


    Seth Burke replied 1 year, 8 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
  • 2 Replies
  • Eric Santiago

    October 6, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Hmm, I’ve done years of initializing RAIDs and none takes over a day.

  • Seth Burke

    October 7, 2022 at 3:49 am

    It’s at 44% now, so at this rate it’s looking like maybe a 2-3 day thing, which is faster than I assumed. Would you have any tips on Raid setups for video editing? Anything I should be doing once it’s set up? I read that I should be doing a backup periodically, like maybe once every two weeks?

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