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raid 1 for system drive?
on Jan 15, 2009 at 12:47:08 am

Has anyone tried using a raid 1 setup for the system drive? It seems like this would be an easy way to maintain a backup on all the program files. But does this slow things down too much?

I'm thinking a couple of 500 gig sata drives in raid 1 for a new editing computer.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Bill Matthiesen

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Re: raid 1 for system drive?
on Jan 15, 2009 at 2:44:20 pm

Very very bad idea.

we ship a program with every system called Paragon.
you can make images of your drive, complete or incremetal and it can be set up to do it automatically.

the idea way is to have a USB/firewire/Esata external and have it backed up every friday night.
you can do the same with your projects. (assuming you have the storage)

you can also make an image to a DVD(s).


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raid 1 for system drive?
on Jan 15, 2009 at 5:02:00 pm

Thanks, Scott -- this is exactly the kind of info I need to know.

I had this C-drive raid setup on another editing computer a few years ago -- and it seemed transparent, with no problems. But it was also running something with more external hardware (German editing system called the Fast Video Machine).

I definitely do not need anything on the computer that creates slow-downs, conflicts or other glitches -- particularly when this setup is integrating the video display card and a matrox card, in addition to the regular computer stuff. That seems complicated enough.


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Evan Newsome
Re: raid 1 for system drive?
on Jan 28, 2009 at 7:04:11 pm

If I can support other posters and add.
Just use one drive as an OS drive (no need to RAID the OS drive)
my setup:
1 OS drive (C)
1 RAID 0 setup w/ 2 drives attached to the raid (V) for video
1 supplemental storage drive (S)

HDD on bookshelf (C-2) (identical HDD, OS and programs installed)

I personally store all info on "V" or "S". SOOOOO if "C" tanks all my project and misc files are not lost. (you can V & S as a backup to each other)
other note is-- I have a second OS (C-2) drive not connected and as a backup so if my "C" tanks... I don't miss a beat.

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