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  • RAID suggestions for a new G5 Quad?

    Posted by Tom Matthies on March 16, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    I’m in the process or replacing our old G4 with a new G5 Quad and upgrading to FCP 5 as well. I have, in the past, been running a large number of Firewire drives for media storage but I want to get away from that now. The old system will be used for small projects and training, but the new system will need to handle everything from DV up to uncompressed and eventually HD. I’m looking for suggestions for a small RAID system and I’m just wondering what other folks are using out there. In particular, what methods of control are preferred these days and will they work with the G5Quad & PCI Express slots?
    Any feedback is appreciated. It’s time to convince the corner office people that although they have served us well in the past, it’s time to retire the Firewire drives and go with a bit more professional method. My humble little FCP system is getting bigger and more complicated jobs these days than either of the Avid Symphony systems…an interesting change to say the least.
    also I’m running a AJA Io on the system right now, but I’m looking to replace that with a Kona 2. comments?
    Thanks for any suggestions,

    John Calhoun replied 18 years, 4 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Mrvideo

    March 17, 2006 at 2:29 am

    I have a 2.0 TB RAID 0 inside my Quad G5 system. It uses a HighPoint 2320 PCI express SATA II 8 port controller. I use the MaxUpgrades aluminum CPU 3 drive mounting bracket and I also opted for 4 x 500 GB Seagate 7200.9 diskdrives. The 2320 card allows you to set up a hardware RAID that won’t be blown away by upgrading your operating system when using the DIsk Utilities > software RAID.

  • Tom Matthies

    March 17, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the info. I went to their website. Very interesting solution to the problem. A few questions. The PCI express control card works well? The few cards out there now seem to get mixed reviews. Are all of the drives powered from the G5 power supply and if so, does it handle the extra power load-OK? How about heat buildup and the CPU controlled fans & different zones within the case?

    Otherwise, a cool solution that I’m going to check into in a little more detail.
    Thanks for the tip!

  • John Calhoun

    March 20, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    I use a HUGE Systems 1.25TB Media Vault U320-R. It can handle all formats up to 10 bit HD. Of the two systems that I have used over the past 4 years, I’ve not had a single problem. Plus you can configure it for RAID 3.


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