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  • SATA suggestions

    Posted by Tom Matthies on July 12, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Hi all.
    I have a pair of LaCie 250Gb drives, raided together, on a G5 2.5DP. One of the drives is starting to get cranky and I’m worried it is about to take a dump. I’d like to replace the Firewire drives with an external SATA set that can be soft raided together. I’m assuming I will need a PCIx card to control the drives. I’m looking for some good suggestions on drives/enclosures to replace the Lacies. I want to do this ASAP since I’m afraid the one LaCie will fail very soon. I always value real-world experiences over marketing hype.
    Actually, I need to replace 10 LaCies eventually on different systems. I’m getting a little skiddish about LaCie lately although they have worked well up to now. Lots of bad press about these drives and potential failure rates is getting me a bit worried.
    Any good off the shelf suggestions, anyone?
    Tom

    Walter Biscardi replied 18 years ago 9 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Ralph Bertini

    July 12, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    I have a G-raid and so far it’s been great! FW 800 & 400. It runs quiet and cool and not too expensive

  • Chris Poisson

    July 12, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Tom,

    This thing from Sonnet looks pretty good, but Seagate and Granite Digital also have some cool SATAs. Check out Promax too, a great VAR for service.

    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonnet%20Technology/ENCG53HD/

    Have a wonderful day.

  • Mat @ lacie

    July 12, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Tom,

    If you had a problem with one of our drives, don’t hesitate to contact our tech support right away.

    Mat @ LaCie

  • Walter Biscardi

    July 12, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    [Tom Matthies] “Actually, I need to replace 10 LaCies eventually on different systems. I’m getting a little skiddish about LaCie lately although they have worked well up to now. Lots of bad press about these drives and potential failure rates is getting me a bit worried.
    Any good off the shelf suggestions, anyone?”

    I don’t know about bad press, but there are certain individuals who always pop up in a LaCie thread all over the Cow to press their case against LaCie. I can tell you I’ve got LaCie drives that are four years old still running in a backup role, we also have two Big Disk Extremes, an S2S SATA array and a Two Big SATA array. The SATA’s have performed so well, we’re looking at replacing our Med

  • Jonathan White

    July 12, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    Been using two fw800 lacie big disk extremes striped for 10bit performance for the last few years. One drive went and was replaced under guarantee. no other problems.

    Just bought a Firmtek enclosure with PCI s-ata card and 4 x 750 gig seagate drives. 3TB for about 2000 euro. Not bad.

    Johnny White

  • Tom Matthies

    July 12, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    I guess I should clarify.
    In the past four+ years I’ve been using the LaCie drives, I’ve never had one go down on me…ever. So far, they have a 100% good record for reliability.
    I’m just looking at a little preemptive maintenance and to try to get away from Firewire dependencency in favor of SATA.
    I have one drive (of 12) that’s acting a little funky and failing to mount or dismount everytime. Last night I heard it doing the little “click-click” dance for no apparent reason that I could find. And only that drive is making noises although it is mated to another identical drive as a small raid. The companion drive seems to be acting fine for now. I just thought it might be prudent to get another set of drives in here and back it up as soon as possible. Just in case.
    SATA seems to be as good or better than FW800 and I thought it would be as good a time as any to give it a try.
    Tom
    PS to Matt above: The drives are well out of warranty. That’s why I havent contacted customer support.

  • Todd Reid

    July 12, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Johnny-
    I’d be interested to hear more about your striped set-up.
    You say your getting good 10bit performance, is that over firewire800?
    if you don’t want to do this is the post, email me toddreid@mac.com

  • Shane Ross

    July 12, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    I have an INTERNAL SATA right now…you can check out how I did that at http://www.LFHD.net…a bit down the page. BUT, I am looking forward to getting the 500P from Sonnet Tech. The Silver SATA V is good too. And I heard people swear by the Burley Boxes.

    Shane

    Alokut Productions
    http://www.lfhd.net

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    July 13, 2006 at 4:37 am

    my suggestion would be to have posted this on a different forum this one is for final cut pro

  • Walter Biscardi

    July 13, 2006 at 11:16 am

    [zrb123]
    my suggestion would be to have posted this on a different forum this one is for final cut pro”

    Hard drive questions are a regular query on this forum since you need hard drives to run Final Cut Pro. There’s no issue in posting about drives here, though people should use the Search Posts feature to the left before asking about something as common as hard drives because the topic is covered often.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.
    https://www.biscardicreative.com

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

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