my first post! Boy, am I glad to find this forum! I have been trying to educate myself on storage for a long time now, posting at many forums, till someone finally told me about this place and to get off their forums with my questions
I currently run:
pqa 2gb 1066mhz ram
nvidia en7600gt card (left over from old set-up)
blackmagic design multibridge extreme PCIe x4 (I/O card)
one 160GB maxtor for my OS Windows SP2
one 320GB Seagate as storage
two 320GB Seagate in RAID 0 - ICH9R on board raid controller
I just bought a Promise FastTrack S150 TX4 which is yet to arrive (from eBay) which I thought of using to run the RAID 0 I currently have.
What I need to achieve (and this isn't doing it at the moment) is 400 MB/s throughout for 2K / HD RGB editing (according to Xena System requirments). Naturally I have thought of RAIDing more drives, perhaps another 4 or 5 in an external enclosure? I would need only 1TB more of storage for now, so 500GB size drives x 4 on RAID 0+1 might be OK. It is only when I started to read about these enclosures, the prices, the complications, that i got a massive headache.
Since then I have learned that it might be OK to stay internal with 4 extra drives, provided I get a powerful PSU. I also learned that if going external I should go for 8 bay enclosure to get most of the speeds (maybe RAID5 for protection) with 320GB drives instead of 500GB.
The RAID card of choice would be RocketRaid 2322 if I went external...
What enclosure?! Well, that is the headache question... I want to build one myself, so I don't spend $5K on it... Trying to figure out a difference between multilane and port multiplier is one thing, trying to find out why companies like:
promise these speeds when others don't is a world I do not understand?
What is special in their enclosures and is this why they cost an arm and a leg?
I read an article where a guy did something like this himself: http://www.squeezeanickel.com/SATAII/ and thought I could do it too.
Help me out here.
Should I go external or should I just go internal and get a better RAID controller card then S150 TX4?
If going internal, which drives should I get on what RAID to get speeds and security?
If going external, what drives, RAID control card and enclosure should I get that won't kill me budget wise.
If going external, can I go 4bay or must I go 8bay enclosure to get the speeds and security on RAID?
Which RAID is most advisable?
Is there anything worth while in these 8bay enclosures that are cheaper i.e. http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sata_enclosures/scsat84xb.asp
Do you recommend any 4-5-8bay enclosures?
I'd like to go as cheap as possible to achieve the results mentioned.
Ill leave you with Bob's review of one of the enclosures
PS. Sorry for a long first post - I am just too excited