I will be using Adobe Premiere CS6 and AE CS6 with Resolve 9 later
my cameras are the GH2 (soon GH3) and soon the blackmagic cinema
my current build is
i7 3930k will oc to 4.2 GHz
Corsair H100 with cougar vortex fans
Gigabyte X79 UD5
64gb of DDR3 at 1333
Geforce 560ti---thinking about upgrading this to 670
and these are my current disks,
Crucial M4 256gb
3x WD Caviar Black
2x Seagate 3TB hdds (all 7200)
im thinking i should use the m4 as the boot/program drive
set the caviar black in raid 5 via software
and use raid 1 for the seagate?
I could add one more caviar black and do raid 5 or 0 on those 4 and
could add 1-2 more 3tb for either raid 5 or 1
what would you guys recommend?
thank you very much
Do not use your WD Blacks in any parity RAID. This is because they have TLER permanently disabled. Also, do not use software RAID for RAID 5: The performance of a software RAID 5 is extremely slow - in fact, often slower than even a single disk! This is not because of the low sequential transfer speeds, but because of the extremely high latency in the software controller and also because the software RAID does not utilize the CPU in an efficient manner.
And mismatched disks should not be RAIDed together. This will limit your choices for the disk setup.
Again, the Caviar Blacks should not be used in any RAID besides RAID 0 or RAID 1. And again, there are absolutely no worthwhile RAID controllers that cost anywhere close to $100. All of those cheap RAID controllers are also software-based, and (combined with the additional overhead of an add-in card) are actually slower than onboard. You will need to spend much more money (say, $500 or more) for a good hardware RAID controller.
Do not use your WD Blacks in any parity RAID. This is because they have TLER permanently disabled.
You sure it's permanent?
"The WDTLER utility allows for the enabling or disabling of the TLER parameter in the hard disk's firmware settings allowing the user to determine the best setting for his particular usage"
It's permanent on the newer drives (made after September 2009). WD no longer offers or supports WDTLER. And WDTLER does not work at all on the newer firmware of the WD Blacks (the program runs, but the TLER function is grayed out and non-selectable, and locked to Disabled).
No, in this case: You should not mix different models of drives in the same RAID 0 array. You have only three of the WD Blacks (based on your original post), and drives of completely different capacities and completely different platter densities do not work well together in any single RAID volume.
no i meant that the blacks would be in a raid 0 and backup up the content not via the same raid volume to the 3tb.
essentially media would be on the 3tb and not on the blacks therefore maybe using raid 1 with the 3tb to back up and raid 0 with 4 caviar blacks might be better?
I would recommend:
M4 256GB SSD: Win7 and programs
1st 2xWD Black RAID 0 pair: projects, media
2nd 2xWD Black RAID 0 pair: Adobe scratch, cache, Win7 swap, render outputs
1st Seagate 3TB: internal "backup" for boot drive "drive image" + backup of all data, projects, media, etc. on the 1st RAID 0 array; you don't need to backup anything ont the 2nd RAID 0.
2nd Seagate 3GB for external, preferably off-site back archive (clone of what's on internal 3TB); I use Beyond Compare for conventiently "cloning" data (not the same as doing image cloning