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Bret Williams
Re: Best external raid/storage option for video editor
on Oct 26, 2013 at 4:05:30 am

If you really want safety, and FW800 is ok for now, but you'd like esata and USB 3 in future, look into the guardian Maximus mirrored raid. You buy the enclosure, then put 2 identical drives in it. 2 4tb for example. It will be mirrored, which is as protected as it gets. But you won't get any special speed. Esata will give you 120b/sec and I run it as usb3 at 160mb/sec. FW800 will of course give you around 80mb/sec.

The above will run you $462 on Amazon with 2 sea gate 4tb drives on Amazon.

Nice thing about a mirrored drive- you don't need the most reliable drives since it's instantly written to 2.

I use this drive as my project archive drive. I put consolidAted projects when there complete. I have a raid 5 for normal editing. But it's not so safe. If a drive dies, I have to replace it with a duplicate and rebuild the raid. If 2 die, well you're up the creek.

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