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Selwyn Rogers
Best RAID Setup
on Jan 8, 2011 at 4:50:59 pm


I have some questions about the best RAID Config for Video Editing and Motion Design. I use a lot of After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. I do this for a living.

Currently I'm using a 3Ware 4xSATA Raid Controller and using 2x500 GB (7200RPM) and 2x 1TB (7200RPM) Drives both in RAID0.

First (2x500GB) is for OS (Windows 7 64bit) and Applications.
On the second RAID0 Drive (2x1TB) are my Project Files and Scratch Disc.

Besides those drives I'm running one 500GB Drive and one 750GB Drive on which i do Backups regulary.

As my Discs are getting soon full - I bought a PCIe Solid State Drive in RAID0 Config (120GB) which i'm going to use for OS and Apps.
Further i got myself an 2TB external Harddrive with eSATA and RAID 1 Configuration.

This is now the setup i'm planning:

SSD PCIe Drive with 120GB (RAID0) for OS and Apps
2 x 500 GB SATA 7200RPM in RAID 0 as Project Drive (Projectfiles & Footage)
2 x 1TB SATA 7200 RPM in RAID0 as Output Drive and Scratch Disc
External RAID1 Harddrive (eSATA) as Backup Drive

I'm really not sure if this is the best setup i can achieve with these components - Any suggestions are very appreciated. Im also anxious of loosing important data with RAID0 Setup - thinking of going with RAID1 for output and saving important files and finished projects.

Thank you all so much for your input.

I hope my english is understandable :-)

Here are my other system specs if needed:

OS:Windows 7 64bit
Software used: Adobe Production Premium CS5, Cinema 4D

Intel Sixcore i7 980X
Nvidia Quadro 4000
3ware 9650SE SATA RAID Controller

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