Hi, I have a pretty good idea, from reading the forums, on how to configure a system drive array for video editing. However at this point, I need to make my current system work as best as it can. It has 4 drives in a RAID 10 array, 1 ssd for system drive, and I have space for one more HD. This box wasn't designed for editing, it was a box for 3d content creation. So it has screaming CPU and a quadro 5000, but wasn't built with video editing in mind. I'm taking a stab at video work with it.
I was thinking of putting footage files on the RAID and installing one more HD as the scratch drive. OR should I do the opposite, footage on a single spindle and scratch on the RAID? I figured that separating scratch and footage would be faster, even if one was only stored on a single spindle. On my next build, I will be sure to have a couple RAID 0 arrays for top performance. But in the meantime, I must make do with what I have. Thanks!
Why not repurpose your RAID 10 array?
1) Purchase new 3TB 7200 and backup RAID 10 onto it; I would mount it in a front mounted hot-swap tray so it could be used later on for high-speed off-site backups
2) Configure two 2-drive RAID 0 arrays (from the 4 RAID 10 drives)
3) Copy files back to first array
4) used 2nd array for scratch, cache, and render outputs
EXACTLY... well sorta exactly on making 2 x raid 0
Thanks guys... I thought of this. I was trying to suggest that I couldn't change that RAID for the time being, and wanted to see what the next best performance would be...