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April 13, 2012 12:54:31 PM

Does anyone use RAID 1 For an audio drive (redundancy) or RAID 0 (speed)?

Also wondering if I should maybe think about Revo3 drives

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a b G Storage
April 13, 2012 1:12:05 PM

If you are considering Revo3 for anything the answer is yes.
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a b G Storage
April 13, 2012 1:14:41 PM

^haha yes

Depends on what you're doing with "audio"... Anything important: 1. Anything fast 0 (or Revo!!), anything important and fast 1+0 (aka RAID10). But you won't find a lot of mobo's supporting 10.
I like to hear more and more people going Revo (FusionIO, any other PCISSD, etc.). Revo gets my vote. :) 
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April 13, 2012 9:51:15 PM

For Recording in ProTools. I currently have:

Intel i7 980x CPU
Gigabyte G1. ASSASSIN Motherboard
24 Gigs of Mushkin 9-9-9--24 Blackline Memory

I have a friend that has 2 intel 520 SSD @60GB each that I might put in raid 0 for OS
Been considering a few differnt possibilitties:
1. 2 120 GB SSD in RAID 1 for redundancy
2. OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCIe X4 Sandforce Nvelo Dataplex Solid State Disk Flash Drive and have scheduled back up to a SATA or RAID
3. OCZ RevoDrive 3 120GB PCIe Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive and have scheduled back up to a SATA or RAID
4. 2 OCZ RevoDrive 3 120GB PCIe Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive in RAID 1 (quite expensive)
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a c 99 G Storage
April 13, 2012 10:08:32 PM

2 SATA III SSD in RAID 0 will beat a RevoDRive in read/write specs, and is cheaper! And it works!

Some motherboards have isssues with RevoDrives, so see if your mobo is supported. Some mobo have issue with booting from PCI-e, And you'll need an open PCI-e x4 slot (usually the bottom one), and make sure using that slot doesn't "turn off" any others features of the mobo, as my Asus P8Z68-V Pro would. So check, check, check.

RAID has it's drawn backs (no TRIM), but I'll haven't had a problem in over 2 years of SSD in RAID 0 (as I overprovision the drives myself: only partition 80% of total drive size).

IMHO, I wouldn't use an SSD just for music. But in your case (recording), maybe yes, but you'll need a large one, and these will be pricey. You want to use it as your OS drive too, won't you?
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April 13, 2012 10:37:04 PM

I was gonna have the OS and Programs on one drive ( C: ) and the projects being saved to another (Revo, SSD,???)
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a b G Storage
April 14, 2012 11:28:09 AM

foscooter is very right with compatibility with motherboards and nuances when booting from PCI-E.

Based on what you've said in your second post, I'd setup a couple RAID-0s. 1 set for OS and 1 set for your projects, and then archiving/backup to a large TB spindle (or even to a Drobo, alike).
My next suggestion can run into mobo support issues again and is more expensive, but you could consider a dedicated LSI/alike RAID card and just put a mess of SSDs (>4) in a single RAID5. OS and all goes in there, and you get fault tolerance. Just throwing it out there...
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April 21, 2012 10:02:46 PM

psaus said:
foscooter is very right with compatibility with motherboards and nuances when booting from PCI-E.

Based on what you've said in your second post, I'd setup a couple RAID-0s. 1 set for OS and 1 set for your projects, and then archiving/backup to a large TB spindle (or even to a Drobo, alike).
My next suggestion can run into mobo support issues again and is more expensive, but you could consider a dedicated LSI/alike RAID card and just put a mess of SSDs (>4) in a single RAID5. OS and all goes in there, and you get fault tolerance. Just throwing it out there...



Won't having a RAID 1 Audio Drive Create the fault tolerance?
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April 22, 2012 4:07:58 AM

jc2009x said:
Won't having a RAID 1 Audio Drive Create the fault tolerance?



Yes, but with RAID-1 there is no Write performance benefit, you will only get 2 times Read performance.

I think psaus’ suggestion is a good one. Set up a small RAID-0 for your O/S, a large RAID-0 for your data/projects, and a large TB spindle that will be your fault tolerance/backup.





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