zMOLE

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  1. I know this could be a very in depth question, but could anyone tell me an easy way to set up a relatively inexspensive SAN. I need to be able to connect at least 2 workstations to the SAN and allow each cpu to have access to all the data at the same time. Can the SAN be set up to use firewire connections? Any info would be helpful since I know nothing about this topic.
  2. I am wondering if there is a way to connect 2 or more computers to an array or a group of arrays without setting up a seperate cpu as a file server. Also, I need to know if I am setting up a video edditing workstation with scsi raid, would it be advantageous for me to create two seperate arrays so that I can always read from one and write to the other. My thinking is that this would be faster that reading and writing to the same array because the spindle head would not have to be constantly moving back and forth with each seperate read/write command.
  3. ATA or scsi? I'm beginning to think I should bite the bullet and go with scsi. I have a supermicro board with integrated scsi and an adaptec raidport 3. The onboard controller is only scsi2, but if I get the scsi 160 drives, they will work right? (backward compatible?) While I'm on the subject, one more question. If I ran 4 scsi 160 drives on the single scsi2 channel via the raidport 3, could it run too fast for the system to handle. Or would it just max out at 80 m/sec and everything would run smoothly. Also, do I need more that one scsi channel in order to set up multiple arrays or benifit from some drives being dedicated to particular tasks? Would it be more advantageous to, say, read from channel 0 and write to channel 1? Does this even matter with scsi? Thanks everyone for the help!
  4. I am not sure as of yet which software packages and codecs I will be working with. I am still in the formative stages. I will probably start off with premiere, running it on Win 2000 pro. End product is to be DVD's, so I quess one of the mpeg codecs. I was just looking around at other options, and I'm beginning to think I should bite the bullet and go with scsi. I have a supermicro board with integrated scsi and an adaptec raidport 3. The onboard controller is only scsi2, but if I get the scsi 160 drives, they will work right? (backward compatible?) And then in the future when it is time to upgrade I will be much better off. Since I am only running a PIII 800, that time will not be far away. While I'm on the subject, one more question. If I ran 4 scsi 160 drives on the single scsi2 channel via the raidport 3, could it run too fast for the system to handle. Or would it just max out at 80 m/sec and everything would run smoothly. Also, do I need more that one scsi channel in order to set up multiple arrays or benifit from some drives being dedicated to particular tasks? Would it be more advantageous to, say, read from channel 0 and write to channel 1? Does this even matter with scsi? Thanks everyone for the help!
  5. I am looking to build a small video edditing workstation. Since transfer speed and $ are my two biggest concerns, I decided to go with ATA. I plan on getting the adaptec 2400a card and 4 disks. I was wondering if I should set up a single physical array with all 4 disks and then two logical arrays, or set up 2 seperate physical arrays. I was thinking that the gains I would have with a 4 disk array would be negated because in a simultaneous read write task (video editing) each disk would have to do double duty. This would cause the heads to constantly move back and forth for each stripe. In a 2 disk array, one set would only have to read, and the other only write. Can anyone tell me if I am on track, or overlooking something. This is my first raid experience, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. PS - ATA is my best option, right. (transfer speed and $ being precious)