Best use for redundant drives?

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robo
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I'm about to put together a new system for editing HiDef with Edius. Since I'll now be using SATA drives in RAID for video storage I will have several older IDE drives, that up to now I've used in a caddies , which will be redundant.
What's the best use I can put them to and how? They are all different sizes and make ranging from 80gb to 200gb (seven in all) Is there a way, given that they are all different, that I can simply 'stack' them into one big unit to back up projects?

robo

Alan Roberts
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I use old drives as backups, from 25 to 250G, in various caddies and external boxes. They don't get hard use, they just sit there switched off most of the time.

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robo wrote:
They are all different sizes and make ranging from 80gb to 200gb (seven in all) Is there a way, given that they are all different, that I can simply 'stack' them into one big unit to back up projects?

robo

a raid array based on JBOD ( just a bunch of disks ) would allow for a single array of all disks with no redundancy built in , and probably require an external case to house them all in. ( or house them all in an old pc case , and use a simple linux build to create a SAN/NAS )

see http://www.freenas.org/

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robo
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many thanks Alan and Gary, I think I'll have a look at the storage tower idea - lived long enough with a load of caddies floating around trying to remember what was on which when the stickit note came off :D

Happy Easter

robo

Dave R Smith
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robo wrote:
...with a load of caddies floating around trying to remember what was on which when the stickit note came off :D

Happy Easter

robo

Tip: Before removing a caddy, view it's contents via explore, expanding sub-directories as much as possible then 'print screen' to photoshop document and name layer 'drive_name'. Ditto for all other drives(permamnent+caddy) to respective layers.
Keep resulting psd on permamnently available drive for reference and copy to another pc or cd for reference if have problem pc itself.

mooblie
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If you're the sort of person who has a music library on a server (MP3s if you're normal, WAVs if you're an aficionado): then old IDE drives are good for that.

They're also good for putting smaller drives as system drives in old computers destined for sale on eBay.

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Alan Roberts
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Good advice, Dave.

Get my test cards document, and cards for 625, 525, 720 and 1080. Thanks to Gavin Gration for hosting them.
Camera settings documents are held by Daniel Browning and at the EBU
My book, 'Circles of Confusion' is available here.
Also EBU Tech.3335 tells how to test cameras, and R.118 tells how to use the results.