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  • someone dropped the ball

    Posted by Ralph Bertini on February 3, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    Forgive the elementary nature of the question. Just took delivery of a Quad G5 for our brandy new teleproduction facility. In setting up the mac and loading FCP, there appparently is no media drive in the box (G5). All I see is the system HD on the desktop. Correct me but you can’t put media on the same drive as the application? Either an external or internal sata should have been ordered when they bought it. Not being Mactized yet, My new boss thinks I’m nuts.

    David Jones replied 18 years, 4 months ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Bob Vick

    February 3, 2006 at 8:53 pm

    You are correct. And he is Nuts. Media should only be placed on drives that do not have the sytem software.


  • Bob Woodhead

    February 3, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    Correct. You shouldn’t try to edit from system drive. Not IMPOSSIBLE, but highly NOT recommended. You may, however, still be nuts.

    Bob Woodhead / Atlanta
    G5 DP 2G, 10.3.4, 3.5GB RAM, FCP 4.5, Aja IO, Huge 320R [raid3]

  • David Bogie

    February 3, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    Yes, you should have ordered it with two 250G internals. You may need to return it or hire a cert’d technician to install it without voiding the warranty. You may also need a new internal drive card, dunno for sure. Whatever you’re doing, stop, and call whoever you purchased it from.


    This is my standard sigfile so do not take it personally: “For crying out loud, read the freakin’ manual.”

  • Dean Sensui

    February 3, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    I’d strongly recommend using an external SATA array for storage that allows hot-swapping.


    — Won’t further tax the cooling system of the G5
    — Easy to swap drives for different major projects or clients
    — Easy to add drives to expand the system’s capacity and speed
    — Lowest price per gigabyte in the long run

    Check out four-channel SATA cards and drive housing systems from Firmtek and Sonnett. I personally have a Firmtek system that works very well. However, there are newer systems available that will handle four drives on a single cable, rather than four seperate cables. Simplifies the mess in back of the computer.

    Dean Sensui —

  • David Jones

    February 3, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    A second drive should be installed.
    And at this point, the lack of PCIe cards for RAID setups is a wee bit lacking…. Ask me how I know!

  • Ralph Bertini

    February 7, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks for all the feedback, I’ll probably go with external raid by G-tech. You’re right I AM nuts. You spend 5 years in a high school you would be too. Thank God that’s over…college kids aren’t much better though.

  • David Jones

    February 8, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    [creatureteacher] “I’ll probably go with external raid by G-tech”

    We have a brand new G-Tech just sitting because of the lack of SATA II PCIe cards for the Mac.

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