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  • Need to consolidate external drives to one

    Posted by Alan Callaghan on June 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Hey Guys,

    I am working a freelance editing gig, and I am noticing this client has a problem, too many harddrives.

    I am cutting industrial reels for this client, but they have a lot of footage, long footage with a couple camera feeds. Needless to say, everything is getting spread out across too many drives, and these need to be consolidated.

    Any advice on what I should look for ? I have roughly 85 Terabytes spread out across multiple drives. So I would probably need at least 100 TB. Would something like a Raided rack of drives?

    I’m working off a newer iMac with a couple Thunderbolt ports.

    Thanks for the advice!


    Simon Blackledge replied 8 years, 11 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Matt Stone

    June 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    If you are only connecting your new iMac, Thunderbolt direct attached storage is going to be your most cost effective option. Something like a Maxx Digital 64TB ThunderRAID2 or 64TB G-Tech G-Speed XL will work fine. 64TB at RAID5 will mount as 56TB, so two of them would do the trick.

    If you are connecting multiple workstations we have options for that too.

    We are running a promo on the G-Tech drives, contact us for more details.

    Matt Stone
    Maxx Entertainment Digital
    3189 Redhill Ave. Unit B
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Telephone:(714) 374-4944

  • David Roth weiss

    June 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    You’ll need more than that, because you’ll have to have a way to backup those 100tb, such as an LTO tape backup system. And, keep in mind, you’ll need 10 to 20% free space on the array for system overhead, plus an additional 2-drives worth of capacity to support RAID 6 protection (2 drives can fail without data loss).

    You’d be looking at huge 24-drive array, plus the LTO tape backup, and the archive/backup software.

    David Roth Weiss
    David Weiss Productions

    David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.

  • Alan Callaghan

    June 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Hey Guys!

    Thanks for the advice David. Fortunately, my client is looking to invest in some gear, so I will bring up the LTO option as well. Apparently they were working out of a post house on an ISIS, and now everything is scattered, and is a huge mess, that I get to deal with! I appreciate your response.

    Matt, thanks for the advice, your products look good, I’ll email you with some questions and a quote.

    Thanks all!


  • Neil Sadwelkar

    June 25, 2015 at 10:11 am

    If budget permits, then of course a TBolt RAID plus LTO backup is preferable. If you had to choose between the two, I’d say go for the LTO backup.

    What kind of drives are these? Do you need to connect all 85 TB worth of drives simultaneously?

    If they are all USB3 drives, you could connect many simultaneously.
    USB3 hubs allow connecting 7-10 drives at a time. I’ve used two 7-port hubs and connected up to 14 drives simultaneously. If your Mac has 4 USB3 ports then with 4 hubs you can have 28 drives at the same time.

    Alternately, for eSATA drives, using one or more a dual port SAS cards and SAS-eSATA cables its possible to connect 8 eSATA drives to one SAS card. You can put two of these into a TBolt-PCIe box and hook up 16 drives simultaneously.

    Then the LTO backup protects you against any drive failure.

    Neil Sadwelkar
    twitter: fcpguru
    FCP Editor, Edit systems consultant
    Mumbai India

  • Simon Blackledge

    June 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    If they have budget and don’t want DIY I’d go to a systems intergrator.

    Will you just be editing of the iMac connected to all this storage ? :-/

    If not you need a server or a NAS server is an option

    If your doing it.
    Get a TB expantion chassis that will take 2 cards at least and put an Areca card in the daisy chain these.

    8TB drives and 10TB dropping soon!

    You’ll want to be Raid6.

    i’d defiantly with that amount of data add a LTO6 tape library ! which you can put the HBA for in the expansion chassis also.

    Good luck!


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