Using RAID 1 On Scratch Disk Okay?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Mac In School, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I've been an iMovie 08 user in the past. Now I'm moving up to the newest version of Final Cut Studio.

    I'm a freak about making sure my stuff is backed up, but I hate backing up. So RAID 1 is my best friend. I'm really into the LaCie 2BigTriple hard drives.

    If I set this to "Safe" (hardware RAID 1) mode, and plug it in to a FW 800 port, will I be okay, or will the mirrored RAID slow it down too much?

    Right now I'm working with an SD MiniDV camcorder. I plan to step up to something like a HF100 in the future for HD. Actually, if the camera I choose supports it, I'll probably stick with 720 HD.

    What do you think?

    Thanks.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    RAID 1 provides redundancy, not a real back up, and I wouldn't trust LaCie for editing as they are notorious for enclosure failures. RAID 1 will keep you from having down time if a disk fails, but it will not help you out if you accidentally delete a file or a power surge fries your setup.


    Lethal
     
  3. Mac In School thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm not really looking for backup protection from accidental deletion, etc. Just from hardware failure.

    Brand aside, how do you feel about redundant RAID for editing?
     
  4. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    What about a raid 5? I'm not sure if it would be a good choice but the new Drobo has FW800. For back up it gets praised but I'm not entirely sure about it's ability for a scratch disk.

    What type of Mac are you using?
     
  5. Mac In School thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm probably going to be using a 15" MBP w/ a 512 MB video card. Either current gen, or previous.
     
  6. Mac In School thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Any other thoughts on video editing with mirrored raid?
     
  7. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    I was under the impression that the whole purpose of a scratch disk was for storing temporary (program swap) files, why would you want to have redundancy here? I would just go with RAID 0 and leverage its additional speed.
     

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