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Mac Pro Raid Card worth $700

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February 22, 2010 11:12:51 AM

If I buy a Mac Pro with Studio to move up from my MacBook Pro with FCP, am I wasting my money to buy the Raid Card (@$700) and 2 onboard drives (@ $100)= $900 or should I stick with my current SATA external Burleys from Mac Guru that work fine and have given me no trouble? I plug them in to the card port.
February 22, 2010 1:27:38 PM

If you need the speed or redundancy provided by raid, then by all means go with the raid. If you don't, keep your current setup.

However, nothing you buy from mac, including the raid card, is worth the cost.
March 1, 2010 2:34:36 AM


That you for those thoughts.

I like having the externals right there in a little box with a fan in it.

I was having trouble editing video and finding Final Cut Pro meets my needs quite well. Other than that, Mac hardware to me is kind of average. Still, the
FCP is reason enough to run the Leopard OSX or later.

As you know original HDTV files can be large. A 2.1Ghz that once looked
fast is looking at a 3.0 or higher, Intel dual or quad.

Thanks again for the comment.

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March 3, 2010 3:43:33 PM

RAID cards are really expensive. I really never understood why. Yes, they are like a tiny computer within your computer managing your storage but, for the components, it seems as if they should be cheaper.

Many enterprise raid cards go way past $1k each, but a $700 wouldn't be terribly bad.

Only if you require raid should you get it. It might be cheaper if your just back up your files every night before you shut down onto a NAS or external drive...
March 12, 2010 11:03:45 PM

Best answer selected by ed_shaw.
March 12, 2010 11:08:59 PM

I wish to thank each respondent for taking the time to provide and insight into my concern. I am working backwards from a $9500 G5 for video,
hoping to pare the price down to under seven. Staying with an E-Sata
external HD pack, eliminating RAID card and two internal drives knocks
off a good thousand. (I selected a best answer to mark the question resolved.)