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  • Just Built a new RAID-6

    Posted by Scott Thomas on April 16, 2008 at 6:51 am

    I just finished building a new RAID for my Quad-Core G5. Based on the AMUG review of the HighPoint RocketRAID 3522, I went with that. My enclosure is the RAIDAge 820ML2-5 and I filled it with eight Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB drives with 32MB cache.

    There a couple of strange things. I left the machine to build the array while I went to work. When I returned, the machines were still running but the Mac had gone into la-la land. After rebooting, the array was ready to be formatted and I now have a functioning array. I’ve done some speed tests, and the thing is scary fast, but I don’t know how it will do under stress, or under FCP.

    I need to investigate further the reasons for the Mac being unresponsive, but when I rebooted it, it seemed OK.

    While I’m in this trial phase. Does anyone have some thoughts on what I should set the block sizes to? I went with the defaults, but I’m at a point where I could reformat without losing anything.

    It’s an interesting learning experience if anything.

    Scott Thomas replied 15 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • David Roth weiss

    April 16, 2008 at 7:15 am


    The Raidage iAGE820ML2-5 looks like an awesome enclosure for $600. Is that what you paid BTW? The componnents, especially the drive trays, look exactly like the ones used by Firmtek in their 2,4 and 5 bay enclosures. I wouldn’t be surpised ifd the box is built by the company that builds their stuff, which is really good. Let us know how the card works with the enclosure and what type of throughput you’re getting.

    Good luck,

    David Roth Weiss
    David Weiss Productions, Inc.
    Los Angeles


    A forum host of Creative COW’s Business & Marketing, and Indie Film & Documentary forums.

  • Tom Brooks

    April 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I built a RAID-5 using the Highpoint 2322 card as you may have seen in an earlier post. I didn’t even see a place to set the block size. That would be done in the Highpoint web management utility would it not? Would you post what you learn about this ? Getting knowledge on these details is harder than you’d think isn’t it? Thanks.

    Final Cut Studio 2, FCP 6.0.2, Mac OS-X 10.4.11, Quicktime 7.4, After Effects 6.5 Pro, G5 Quad 2.5, Kona-LHe V5.1, 4.5GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 7800-GT 256MB, G-RAID 2x1TB FW800, 6TB RAID-5 (Enhance E8-ML, Highpoint 2322), Panasonic HVX-200P P2.

  • Tom Hudson

    August 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Can you provide an update as to how well the RAID has been working so far? I’m especially interested in the RocketRAID 3522 performance because I’ve heard mixed reviews. Also, how’s the noise level with your RAIDAge 820ML2-5?

    – Tom

  • Scott Thomas

    October 22, 2008 at 6:49 am

    The card is working fine with a few problems.

    I attempted up update the card using the web interface and upon reboot, I had a dead card.

    If I was in a mission-critical environment, I probably would have ordered a second card with rush delivery. Instead, I attempted to contact Highpoint support via email. They offered some advice, but nothing approaching the level of a broadcaster or editorial service, but you’re not really paying for that are you?

    I finally found a Dell PC at my employer that had PCI Express slots, plugged the card into it, and re-flashed the card’s memory with the utilities from the Highpoint website.

    So, the RAID continues to function. I don’t recommend trying to flash the BIOS unless you know *EXACTLY* what you are doing. Overall, still happy.

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