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Michael Hadley
Hard Drive Recommendation?
on Mar 7, 2018 at 11:13:13 pm

FCPX hive mind:

Looking for recommendation for a Thunderbolt 3 12-16tb external hard drive populated with 7200RPM drives. Looking for speedy read/write but want to as always be careful with my spend $.

Currently have TB2 Promise Pegasus drives, Cal Digit, and OWC drives but running out of space. Will be getting a new TB3 computer and want to know the best price/performance options you can recommend.

Primarily used for editing HD and 4K footage on FCPX.


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Tim Jones
Re: Hard Drive Recommendation?
on Mar 8, 2018 at 4:09:18 am
Last Edited By Tim Jones on Mar 8, 2018 at 4:09:56 am


While it's a bit more expensive, by investing in a true SAS solution that is connected via TB adapter, you will have far more options moving forward. One good recommendation would be a combination of the Sonnet Tech SE-I Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe chassis. This allows you to install 2 PCIe HBAs. The result would give you the ability to add a true SAS HBA like the ATTO R680 or the HighPoint RocketRAID 4522 and later add a 10GbE network adapter.

You could then use anyone's SAS tower to hold and power your disks - we like the SANS Digital TR4X and TR8X units. These are cost effective, quiet, reliable (we have 2 that are over 8 years old), and can support any 3.5" SATA/SAS disk out there. You could load a TR4X with four 12TB and end up with 32TB of RAID-5 capacity. Here are some non-affiliate links so you can get an idea of the costs.

Sonnet Echo Express

SANS Digital 4 bay


HighPoint RR 4522

Seagate EXOS 12TB Enterprise grade disk

Tim Jones
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