RAID Rage II
Ok, first of all I want to come clean…
I use striped FW 800 drives for my RAID.
…There, I said it…
With that off of my chest, I want to get away from this practice. My Lacir FW800’s have been squirrelly-er than all get out lately. Might have something to so with the heat wave we here in the upper Midwest have been living with the last few weeks. Temps in my at-home edit room have been aboce 80 the last few days. Tonight I just needed to dub out some TV spots that were approved. FCP booted up very slowly while loading the project and seemed rather sluggish tonight. While dubbing the spots out to tape, it started skipping frames on the last pass. I rebooted, repaired permissions, trashed preferences and sprinkled a little chicken blood on the Mac just for the effect. (It always tends to freak my wife out!)
Anyhow, it’s to the point where I can barely get any project that relies on those drives to load and when they do, it’s a study in the “spinning lollipop of death” gallery. Just selecting different clips in the timeline will bring up the SLOD everytime for 5-10 seconds. Playback…forget it! I finally just shut the whole mess down and made addidional dubs from one Beta to the other. Don’t tell anyone…
GET TO THE QUESTION YOU DEMAND!!
OK, I’m looking for a recommendation for a proper RAID array. Since this is a home system, I don’t want to (or need to) buy a BIG raid system. Something in the range of about 500Gb to a TB. I’m thinking about a G-Raid, a small Huge system or a (gasp) Lacie 4-disk system. I forget what it’s called…”Biggest disk?” or something like it. Or should I even trust in a Lacie product anymore. Hard to say…
Anyhow, anyone in the pasture care to comment on your favorate RAID system for small systems?
I’m going to buy something in the next few days, so toss out those suggestions!
Thanks in advance.
Phew! It’s hot tonight!
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