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Noam Osband
Which thunderbolt drive enclosure: HighPoint or StarTech?
on Oct 17, 2015 at 3:03:29 pm

I want to get a thunderbolt hard drive enclosure for use of FCP X. I'm trying to choose between two products:

1 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc....html/mode/edu
2 - http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-E.../dp/B00IFZN842


The HighPoint is cheaper.....but the StarTech has a fan and a metal enclosure. The HighPoint one seems like a bit of flimsy plastic. I can't decide. Any thoughts?


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Eric Sternberger
Re: Which thunderbolt drive enclosure: HighPoint or StarTech?
on Oct 18, 2015 at 11:20:30 am

promise...


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Noah Kadner
Re: Which thunderbolt drive enclosure: HighPoint or StarTech?
on Oct 19, 2015 at 3:05:53 am

Yeah why go ultra cheap with your precious creative work? Lots of really nice name brand RAID drive and NAS boxes out there with warranties, service, support, etc.

Noah

FCPWORKS - FCPX Workflow
FCP eXchange - FCPX Workshops


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Noam Osband
Re: Which thunderbolt drive enclosure: HighPoint or StarTech?
on Oct 19, 2015 at 3:04:42 pm

I saw this: http://www.amazon.com/OWC-Mercury-Elite-Thunderbolt-Enclosure/dp/B00PR2YSZY...

I just want a dual enclosure. I do wonder if it's worth the extra 100 if performance wise they will be about the same. Any thoughts? Often on these technical issues, there are little things I just dont know.


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Doug Metz
Re: Which thunderbolt drive enclosure: HighPoint or StarTech?
on Oct 19, 2015 at 8:12:16 pm

It really depends on how you're going to configure it - if you're going RAID 0, then the Thunderbolt enclosures will likely be faster (assuming identical HDD specs).

The thing about RAID 0 is that you trade speed for safety. If one of your drives dies, you lose everything. So a rigorous backup schedule is necessary. I'd recommend going with a 4-bay chassis and configure RAID 5 - this way, if one drive crashes, you can pop in a new one and the RAID set can be rebuilt - saving your data.

I run an 8-bay enclosure configured RAID 6, which allows for 2 drives to fail and still retain the ability to rebuild the volume, FWIW.

Doug Metz

Anode


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Kannan Raghavan
Re: Which thunderbolt drive enclosure: HighPoint or StarTech?
on Oct 20, 2015 at 12:10:50 am

I've been using a Promise Pegasus R4 (4 drives RAID 5) for over 3 years now without any problems. RAID 5 is the ideal setup for editing as it offers both speed and safety. While it maybe a bit expensive, the warranty offered and the performance is totally worth it.

Kannan Raghavan
The Big Toad Films Pte. Ltd.


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