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Mike janowski
Re: RAID solution for documentary editing
on Jan 7, 2017 at 11:55:32 pm

I use the Oyen Digital Mobius 5-bay cage with 5 2TB drives, giving around 8TB of usable storage in RAID5 mode. It's been a flawless performer so far, and in fact I have two of the boxes, one for client work, and another for my large personal collection.

A couple of things: RAID is great for editing, but should NEVER be construed to be a backup or archival volume. Sure, RAID5 can handle 1 drive failure and still maintain data integrity, but as the size of your HDs increases the spectre of a URE (Unrecoverable Read Error) during re-build becomes a greater possibility, and if you run into one of those most rebuilds will just shut down and you. will. be. screwed. So copying all this stuff into one fast, central and somewhat secure location is a great idea for editing, but make sure you have at least one backup of everything you copy over to the RAID.

Second, I have a friend who's used the Drobo 4-bay enclosure for a year now, and loves it for the reasons mentioned above.

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