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Ilya Osovets
Reconfiguring my drives
on May 2, 2012 at 6:05:03 pm

I have a little time between jobs to do a nice clean up of my system. I feel it's a bit on the sluggish side these days. Especially with my drives.

My Current setup is a 2008 Mac Pro - 2.8Ghz 8 Core // 16GB RAM // 8800GT // Highpoint 4310 with 4 -1TB Drives in RAID 1/0 Running my OS and apps // Highpoint 4322 with 8 1TB drives in RAID 5 as my Media drives // Spare 650GB drive in the optical Bay.

I first got the 4310 to run my OS with 4 drives in RAID 5, Thinking this would improve overall OS and application speed and to have a little redundancy.

But I soon discovered that applications would hang if I was copying something from the internal RAID to the media RAID.

I tired RAID 0 and still had the same Issue. So I feel like running the OS from the RAID wasn't such a good idea.


I would really like to optimise the system so applications are not waiting on drives.

I was thinking of returning the OS and applications to the single drive configuration. I would use that 650GB drive as my main drive.

Then setting the 4 Internal drives on the 4310 card to RAID 0 and using them to Render my material too, while pulling all my main media from the 4322 RAID 5. And I would have an external drive as backup.

The other thought was to break up the internal RAID into two sets a RAID 0 (2TB) for renders and a RAID 1 (1TB) for all my other stuff, back ups and a Cache drive. Meaning I would point all Adobe products to cache files to the RAID 1. So everything gets split up.

I appreciate any input!


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Steve Modica
Re: Reconfiguring my drives
on May 3, 2012 at 11:22:02 am

A hang like that is almost certainly the fault of the high point driver. Regardless of your raid configuration, the machine should not hang. That's a bug.

Steve Modica
CTO, Small Tree Communications


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Ilya Osovets
Re: Reconfiguring my drives
on May 3, 2012 at 4:22:26 pm

Yeah, I figured that might be the case. I thought highpoint was on the better side of RAID controller cards but looks like they have some work to do... which I'm not hopeful that they will.


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