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post #11 of 18
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Have you considered moving over to SSDs from HDDs. Their speed increase is substantial. Not trying to rain on your parade, just a suggestion to consider it.
SSDs not so good for video editing, which uses huge files and usually requires highly sequential access. For a given budget you can usually get better performance from mechanical drives for this reason.

SSDs are really only suited to OS or DB use currently due to their high cost per GB as random performance is the area they completely outclass mechanical drives in.
post #12 of 18
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So after being told by a uni lecturer just how useful RAID can be for video editing I've decided my next build should be using RAID. Although despite researching it as best I can (both on google and on here) there's a few questions I just need clarifying:

With a good motherboard (not bought yet as waiting on Ivy Bridge) would the onboard RAID controller be sufficient? I'm only looking at a RAID 0 at the moment.

Also if I'm using a harddrive then add a second one later (exactly the same harddrive) will I be able to set it up in RAID 0 without loosing data or is it a total reformat?

Thanks
1) A onboard RAID control is fine

2) No because essenstially when running RAID 0 it splits the data in half between the drives, therefore speeding them up and giving you twice as much space. but you cant do that because then the drives would not have equal ammounts of data on them. So No you will have to format.
post #13 of 18
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Thanks for replies. Just 1 more question which is will the setup for RAID when I have a SSD as the main harddrive be simple enough? Keeping in mind I know pretty much nothing about the actual setup of this stuff.
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post #14 of 18
Yep, that would be fine: SSD for the OS and programs, RAID 0 array for the video data.
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post #15 of 18
it's worth noting that you may be better off without RAID altogether too, depending on your budget.

If you can only afford 2 HDDs (in addition to your OS/apps SSD), then running them separately with 1 holding source files and the other holding destination will likely be faster than a 2-drive RAID0 holding both.
post #16 of 18
It'll definitely be safer, but apps like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro (I think) use scratch areas, and single drive write speeds may not be fast enough. I take your point though; reading and writing simultaneously on the same volume can slow things down.
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post #17 of 18
I didn't realize SSDs aren't optimal for video editing, my bad.
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post #18 of 18
it's not that they're not optimal - they're better than HDDs in every respect. Apart from price - which means if money is no object then filling a case full of them is the absolute best thing to do. But for those normal folk (ie everyone really) going with a hybrid SSD/mechanical setup makes more sense financially as you can get 90% of the performance for 25% of the cost (note: statistics made up, but you get the idea... )
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