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  • Carl Crawford

    May 26, 2005 at 7:59 pm

    Does anyone have suggestions on good FW800 Drives for FCP? We have had mixed results with LaCie drives and would like to know what others are using. Also, would you recommend 250Gb or 500Gb? Has anyone experienced any difference between using 250 & 500 drives (other than that one had more space than the other)?

    Thanks,
    Carl

  • Chris Poisson

    May 26, 2005 at 8:26 pm

    Carl,

    I have 2 Promax Firemax 500s and they are rock solid. They are two-drive hardware RAIDS with removable drives. Just the best.

  • walter biscardi

    May 26, 2005 at 8:32 pm

    LaCie has been rock solid here for well over a year. Also heartily recommend G-Tech and WiebeTech units.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.
    Creative Genius, Biscardi Creative Media
    https://www.biscardicreative.com

    Now in Production, “The Rough Cut,” https://www.theroughcutmovie.com

    “I reject your reality and substitute my own!” – Adam Savage, Mythbusters

  • Patrick McLoad

    May 26, 2005 at 8:58 pm

    My vote is for Huge Systems raids. I have a dual 1.2TB, and it’s great. Superb technical support, not that I’ve ever needed it for anything critical.

    P Mac

  • walter biscardi

    May 26, 2005 at 9:11 pm

    Well, if you’re going to talk about high volume storage, then nothing beats a Medea FCR2X Fibrechannel Array.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.
    Creative Genius, Biscardi Creative Media
    https://www.biscardicreative.com

    Now in Production, “The Rough Cut,” https://www.theroughcutmovie.com

    “I reject your reality and substitute my own!” – Adam Savage, Mythbusters

  • Chase

    May 26, 2005 at 9:48 pm

    We have serveral Huge Systems arrays. We’ve had a few individul drives in them die on us but the support has been good and we’ve been able to repair the raid and recover the potentially lost data. That said I personally think they’re horribly overpriced.

    But to answer your question. . .

    We’ve been using 300g Maxtor drives the past six months with no problems. You still get the small system lag that comes from using firewire drives but for most people its undetectable. I notice it all the time. For me the bottom line on these types of drives is the length of the manufacturer warrenty. If its 5 years then I assume they’ve built it to last half that long. Most drives now are only a year or sometimes 2 years.

    If external is what you need but not portabililty then I would get a 4 or 8 port SATA raid card and just attach an external sata enclosure. Its less portable but its more space and better performance, and probably less expensive.

    McG

  • pdr

    May 26, 2005 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Carl

    Wouldn’t recommend anything other than our Lacie Bigger Disk Extreme FW800:
    https://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10129

    We have a 1TB unit, and it replaced 4×120-250GB FW400 units that were daisy chained (sheez! that was a nightmare!).
    Rock solid reliability, and quiet as a mouse. We love it.

    Regards
    Peter


    Peter Dominic Ryan – Freelance Editor
    raycity* media – pdr@raycity.com

    PowerMac G5 Dual 2.0 GHz, 4GB, Mac OS X 10.4
    FCP 5, Soundtrack Pro, Motion 2, DVD SP 4

  • Chris Poisson

    May 26, 2005 at 10:55 pm

    Walter,

    I somehow remember you’re a big fan of Promax, which is why I’m surprised you haven’t checked out the FireMax series. In addition to the great support they provide, the drives are removable, so you can have as many as you want. Having had 4 LaCie drives die on me over the last couple of years, I can only say that your success with them has been good luck.

    So I wish you continued luck, but also that you check out the Promax drives. They are awesome. And about the same price as LaCie or G raid.

  • Mitch Ives

    May 26, 2005 at 11:00 pm

    [Chris Poisson] “Having had 4 LaCie drives die on me over the last couple of years, I can only say that your success with them has been good luck. “

    I’ve been using LaCie for years and haven’t had a single failure. Still have three I use every day…

    Mitch Ives
    Insight Productions Corp.
    mitch@insightproductions.com
    http://www.insightproductions.com

  • Kevin Monahan

    May 26, 2005 at 11:16 pm

    I like the idea of internal storage or an array. Do you have to have portable drives? If stability is the issue rather than portability, go with internal drives or an array so you can do 8/10 bit or one of the other formats with very little trouble. FW800 has enough throughput for most jobs, but I still feel better with SATA internal drives. Plus, FW drives take up room in the office while internal drives stay tucked out of the way.

    Kevin Monahan
    Author – Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro
    fcpworld.com

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