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Sean Kapleton
Internal RAID 0 - Media & project file structure
on Nov 18, 2010 at 7:55:43 pm

I just am curious about FCP and other apps working with an Internal RAID 0 on a new 12-core machine for home studio use.

If my OS lives on a 120gb SSD and only has my apps on it is it ok for everything else (media, project files, itunes, pics, docs, etc to live on the RAID 0 (8tb)?

I ask because in most studios I have worked the internal raid is just used as a scratch for fcp doc's but the media will live on a SAN or external enclosure with that projects other materials.

Would love some advice on this type of setup and best practices.
cheers
sean



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Matt Campbell
Re: Internal RAID 0 - Media & project file structure
on Nov 18, 2010 at 8:24:28 pm

I curious to hear what others have to say as well. I've been editing on a RAID 0 for about 3 years now. Not only is it my scratch disk for speed reasons, but it also houses all of my project files and other media files.

I've often heard that you should house project files on a second internal HD or even an external Firewire HD and not the RAID 0 drives. And never your OS X install drive.

This works really well for me but just realize that if 1 drive fails, your pretty much screwed. I back everything up fairly often to an external Drobo with about 4 TBs of storage.

OS 10.6.3, Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 ghz quad-core intel xenon, 16 gb ram, with BM Intensity Pro card


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Paul Jay
Re: Internal RAID 0 - Media & project file structure
on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:32:21 pm

RAID 0 is super fast. But you better have a good backup strategy. If one disk fails, it's OVER!!!


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Sean Kapleton
Re: Internal RAID 0 - Media & project file structure
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:04:32 pm

I have CCC going to an external 8tb drive for daily backup yes.



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