I upgraded to a new Mac Pro last week. One of the “forced” upgrades was on my external RAID 0 array. I had to buy a new, rather expensive PCI-e external SATA card. (The old Dual 2.5Mhz G5 used PCI-x.) I needed 4 ports which seems to come at a premium. $280+. Nice thing is the new card will allow me to run four separate 5 disk enclosures off that one card, though I doubt I’ll take that leap.
Two years ago I experimented with an external RAID 0 array made up of two disks. A few months later I built a second and combined them for an external 1.2 TB RAID 0 array. I built it mainly as a fun project for video editing and as an audio scratch disk, though I now also use it for my EYE TV recording and to store all my miscellaneous media. Of course, I back it all up to a separate 1.0TB external FW800 drive. RAID 0 can be a bit risky… It is kind of like cars, the horsepower and speed are awesome. Once you get one, it is hard to go back.
Anyway, GOLIATH (the name I assigned to the array) is back up and running, faster than ever. I’m liking the new Mac Pro.
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