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  • Kiki Muchtar

    July 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Hi,

    Just got the OWC Thunderbay 4 (4 x 3TB HDD installed), which now is set as RAID 5 (PLAN A).

    I wonder if I do different configuration (PLAN B):
    The first two drives set as RAID 0 – used to store video assets & projects (Premiere Pro & AE);
    The next two drives set as RAID 0 – used for backup (whatever stored in the first two drives).

    This way I think I can achieve greater perfomance while maintaining safety altogether.

    But I’m new in video editing, please give me your thoughts whether PLAN B makes sense and doable. Otherwise I’ll stick with PLAN A.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Kiki

  • Bob Zelin

    July 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Kiki –
    bad idea. Leave it RAID 5, just the way it is now. RAID 0 is a nightmare waiting to happen.
    And yes, you should think about buying ADDITIONAL spare drives for backup. And yes, I know it
    costs money to do that.

    Bob Zelin

    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.
    [email protected]

  • bryce arroyo

    July 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Kiki,

    Bob is correct, leave it RAID 5 you wont hit any problems along the way with trying to back up and store info. I also recommend getting extra storage. If you have anymore questions feel free to give us a call at Maxx Digital and we can assist you with any problems you encounter.

    Bryce Arroyo
    Maxx Digital Account Executive
    714-519-8451
    [email protected]

  • Kiki Muchtar

    July 29, 2015 at 2:20 am

    >>bad idea.
    Oh even if I have a mirror backup for those files somewhere else?
    Then what RAID 0 is good for? Can I use it for media cache storage?

    Cheers,
    Kiki

  • bryce arroyo

    July 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Kiki,

    Speed wise Raid 0 is great but you wont get the same amount of available storage as Raid 5. Now even if you’re mirroring with say Raid 1, you’ll need more external drives since the storage capacity goes down. If you have anymore questions feel free to contact me directly.

    Bryce
    Maxx Digital
    714-519-8451

  • Bob Zelin

    July 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Kiki
    Raid 0 is used to show off to forums and magazine articles how fast your drive array is.
    Drives fail – end of story. Do you get more performance – yes. If you have one drive fail – be it
    a 4 bay or 16 bay with RAID 0, you lose ALL YOUR DATA – so all your performance means nothing
    because you just lost all your data.

    Should you backup – absolutely – you backup to additional drives, or LTO tapes.

    Bob Zelin

    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.
    [email protected]

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