Buying a RAID

I finally bought a new RAID last month … after putting off the purchase for eons …

Working with video demands a massive amount of storage space. While most high-end folks are completely digital these days, I still cling to my MiniDV tapes. My ultimate offline storage device is a big rolling cabinet filled with tape. (I shoot on tape, then convert to digital … saving the original MiniDVs as archival material.)

Most of my stuff is extremely short form, to date … with the finished segments in the four-minute range. Moving those files around hasn’t been all that difficult. I started a large project this fall with much larger storage requirements. After doing a bunch of research on RAID units online, I was nothing if not confused.

I understood the basics of RAID, but I wasn’t sure which manufacturer to choose. RAID prices, like all hard drive prices, have dropped dramatically over the years. But this wasn’t like running out to Staples to pick up an inexpensive external drive … I’ve had a number of those units fail over the years and that couldn’t be tolerated with this project.

As luck would have it, I was in Manhattan a few weeks back and stopped into a very cool Mac-focused store that services the creative community. I walked in with a relatively good idea of the small RAID units that would fit the bill. I walked out with a completely different brand.

The salesperson wasn’t extremely helpful. It was the customers that steered me in the right direction.

I stopped into the store twice. On each occasion, I had the good fortune to speak with two professional video editors. They both recommended a Glyph Professional RAID, based on my requirements. While the Glyph RAID was more expensive than the unit I had been leaning towards, those personal (F2F) recommendations sold me.

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  • http://www.kconnolly.net Kevin Connolly

    RAID isn’t something you buy. RAID Controllers and hard drives are things you buy. A RAID Array is the finished configuration. RAID itself is the name of the technology.

  • http://contropa.com/ Foxumon

    I guess this just leaves me wondering – what’s the difference between a RAID and a NAS?

  • Stephen Wilson

    A NAS is a box on a network that contains hard drives, usually a pair of them at the consumer level. Those drives may be configured in a RAID (RAID 1 “mirror” being probably most common) but can also be configured as two individual drives accessible via the network.

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