I have no good reason, but I decided I needed to build an SATA RAID 0 array for audio/video editing.
I ordered an OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual SATA enclosure. I found reports about the super fast Maxtor Maxline III 300 GB SATA drives, so I orderd two of those. I am using a Power Mac G5 and found a number of positive reviews of the FirmTek 1eVE4, it is a four port external SATA PCI-X card.
Here is the inside of the OWC box. I must admit, the box is nice looking, but there are no instructions. You are left to fend for yourself.
First drive installed.
Second drive installed.
The drive enclosure re-assembled.
This is the SeriTek 1eVE4 PCI Card for my Power Mac dual 2.5 Ghz G5. I can connect up to 4 external SATA drives. Right now I just use 2 of the ports for the two drives in this Raid setup, but I wanted room to grow.
The drive joins its brothers.
I RAID 0 – Stripe it accordingly and name it Goliath. It was really simple to set up. Took less than a minute.
So the results? Rather than posting a bunch of graphs. Here are the numbers. I am not a hard drive expert, though I ran X bench. The internal single SATA drives had Uncached Read [256k blocks] numbers of 49.77 MB/sec and 22.44 MB/sec the new Goliath Raid Drive was 140.44 MB/sec – the bigger the number the better. The Uncached Write [256 blocks] were 52.89 MB/sec and 41.59 MB/sec versus Goliath at 168.32 MB/sec. Pretty cool. Works well for audio and video editing and “scratch disks.”