Best External HD for FCP Editing?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Barb123, May 1, 2010.

  1. Barb123 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, what is the best External hard Drive to get for FCP editing? I know i need a) 7200rpm, b) preferably with fastest bit rate transfer, c) firewire 800... I want something d) portable. i have been doing A LOT of research my eyes are sore!! what do you all use? what do you recommend? Lacie 320 7200 firewire rugged and OWC mercury elite are high in my list (OWC seems most dependable but slower bit rate transfer; I heard Lacies can crash ...). YOUR THOUGHTS? THANK YOU -- I trust you all here so thanks for your help. :)
     
  2. matteusclement macrumors 65816

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    sorry to be a jerk

    if you had really looked around (on this forum) you would find dozens of posts about this.

    Lacie is awesome for me.
     
  3. Barb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks and more info

    thanks -- and I have looked around. I actually did not find it easy to find at all (it is good not to assume!) so I thank you for your reply. I was concerned about the lacie crashing. which one do you have? as I have seen raves about the 320 but NOT the 500. and to others here, I appreciate more info as to what works for you, with thanks.
     
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    can you state what system you will be using this?
    an imac? mbp?
    OS?

    if using an imac or mbp, then I guess you're stuck with the FW800.
    While a RAID 0 set up would be nice over 800, I don't know how much punch you would get compared to a single drive set up.

    I'd even dare chance buying a FW 800 enclosure and then getting a raptor 10,000 rpm drive and throw it in there. A 80gig raptor is easy on the pocket.
     
  6. Barb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have MBP OS 10.5.8 (or 9?)

    Does RAID work with me--my system??

    Thanks much. Certainly dont want to loose media, and I have read on these threads about people's drives crashing (lacie too)
     
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    The RAID chipset would be built into the external drive, so any machine with the correct interface (i.e. FireWire, USB) would be able to use it. Many drives of this type are switchable between RAID-0 (striping, enhanced speed) and RAID-1 (mirroring).

    Just keep in mind that in a RAID-1 mode, a 2TB drive would become a 1TB drive effectively (1TB primary + 1TB mirror).

    A cost-effective way to do this would be to buy a good 2-disk RAID-capable enclosure from OWC/Macsales and drop two bare, identical SATA drives into it. Prebuilt drives from manufacturers like LaCie/CalDigit/G-Tech/etc. carry a pretty significant price premium.
     
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    I highly Recommend G tech drives. I have used the G raid drives for the last 4 years for hi-definition audio and video and they have never let me down. Hope that helps.
     
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    Modern 1 and 2TB drives actually have higher transfer rates than those Raptors (although the Raptors will probably have slightly better seek times). Some 2TB drives aren't that far off the VelociRaptors.
     
  10. matteusclement macrumors 65816

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    raptors

    Maybe I was confused in seeing the new 600GB specs and assuming they were the same for the 80gb ones.

    The new 600's are mighty nice. Which 1 or 2TB drives are you referring to?
     
  11. Barb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you everyone here

    Thank you everyone here. I have learned about RAID drives and ways to better protect my media and my pocketbook. I guess there are indeed better places to ask then sifting through Amazon reviews!!!! I appreciate all your help. I think I will look for the solid RAID reliability you all recommend here for a home drive (and think about doing on my own as some suggest for affordability) and get a cheaper MUCH SMALLER GB for traveling as I do not need to take so much media with me at all and ultimately keep that backed up.

    Thanks all... hope your days are good.
     
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    The new (64MB cache) WD Caviar Blacks are very fast and are good alternatives to the Velociraptors. The 2TB models are actually faster than the 1TB ones, but cost almost 3x as much.

    IMHO, they're the best bang-for-buck drives available.
     
  14. Barb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    help - One last question re: DATA TRANSFER SPEED

    ok so I have decided on a OWC model - 7200 rpm fw 800 - the raid ones were a bit pricey for me

    does transfer spped matter hugely? as it is listed at 300 mb/sec and I have seen other drives higher BUT I like all the reviews and reliability I have read on this one.

    I thought FW determined transfer speed? there are faster and slower ones??

    many thanks. feels good to be close to a decision!
     
  15. Barb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    error ----- wrong transfer speed

    actually it is 800mb/sec --- 16 cache
     
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    @ joaoferro37
    why such an expensive external drive?
    why not just a FW800 external cheapo and a great hard drive?

    @ the OP
    You say that you don't want the external to crash, but for the most part (at least for me) I only use it as a scratch disc. Meaning that even if it did tank, I can just render again. Or are you looking for redundancy?
     
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  19. youbetcharaid macrumors newbie

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    STARDOM Storage Solutions do rock

    For the price and quality of STARDOM, you can't do better.

    Populated with your own drives you're not paying an overinflated "populated enclosure price".

    On set, I use the SOHORAID, back at the shop I have a ST8 with a ATTO R380 card

    820MB/s + with Hardware RAID 5? What's not to love about that, 16TB under 5K
     
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    CWOL box

    I think comparing that 5 drive to the Stardom ST8 is kinda like comparing avocados to grapefruit. ATTO's card allows for many different RAID setting configurations & the product is rock solid.
     
  23. youbetcharaid macrumors newbie

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    I just picked up a Stardom SohoRAID 2 from OWC

    I needed a RAID 1 solution for my dailies for my Mac Book Pro, this was a great fit for me. I picked mine up at www.macstation.com in Vancouver Canada which was convenient because we're shooting up here now. Great product that I highly recommend. Here's a link to the products page on the manufacturers website: http://www.raidon-usa.com/stardom/sohoraid_feature.html
     

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