Best external raid/storage option for video editor

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ben1l, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Ben1l macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006
    I work as a video editor on a Mac Pro 4,1 in FCPX. I have a huge video project coming up and will need some seriously storage. I was thinking of going for a Drobo, but just saw that the new Drobos don't come with firewire 800. Being on a older Mac Pro am I right in thinking that connecting it via the Drobo's USB 3 port to my Mac Pros USB 2 port would be a considerable slower connection than the older firewire 800 drives?

    If so, I would really appreciate people suggestions for a small(ish) raided (for safety) storage solution and setup. As I said i'll be editing HD video, so it has to be connected to the fastest port, or in the fastest way possible.

    Many thanks!!
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Not sure what you mean by safety. Two independent drives one a backup of the other is safer than RAID. RAID will give you more performance and more efficient use amount of storage (present more to the OS in a single volume).

    How much is serious? you can get 8-16 TB at OWC such as .

    On a Mac Pro 4.1, eSATA would be faster than FW800. USB2 is a dog in comparison... but are you looking for a massive amount of storage or top notch performance? An where's your budget? You can get some highly reliable and excellent performing 32TB storage solutions if you can spend $2500.

    You also have the option of installing a RAID card and hang conventional drives off the card.


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