RAID or not...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by photogy, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. photogy macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2010

    getting into video using 5d2...

    currently use 2 x g-tech 2tb drives for my photography backup at home and also 2 x g-mobile drives with MBP)

    I want to keep video on 2 new separate g-tech drives (as keep 2 back ups of everything) so should i get RAID drives or standard drives with FW800?

  2. X1Lightning macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
  3. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    If you are thinking of using 2 drives, with 2 as backups, I would vote for 4 separate drives (no RAID). Keep them in separate places (preferably 1 set off site). Update the offsite set weekly or after a big job, update the main set after any major work is done.

    This is logistically a little complicated, but provides a lot of data protection. If you used RAID 1 drives, a single power fault could easily take out both. With separate drives, they are only both powered on once a week or so for a few hours.

    If it becomes too complicated to manage all of the separate external drives, something like a Drobo or NAS works well, but costs a lot more and can be taken out by a single surge. It also needs fewer drives for the same storage capacity (my way needs 2*n drives where n is the storage capacity I require, most NAS/Drobo require n+1 drives to have redundancy).

    Currently I am running 2x2.5, 4x3.5 and a time capsule for my backups and it is starting to become annoying, but is still less than half the price of a network storage solution.

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