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    Advice on RAID Setup MacPro


    I'm after advice on 3 things regarding the setup of my 2009 Mac Pro -


    1/ When I bought my secondhand 2009 Mac Pro the Apple RAID card battery was dead and I was wondering if because I'm using RAID 0 would I be better off using the RAID software as I am running out of PCIe ports and feel that a future Black Magic card my be of more benefit?. Is there a significant speed difference between the hardware & software RAIDS or is Hardware really for Raid 5 or 10? I have also heard of issues with the Apple RAID card relating to having to run your computer 24/7.

    2/ I have decided to invest in a PCIe SSD card to be my boot disc (I had such a massive boost in speed when I installed a new SSD in my 2008 Mac Book Pro and a PCIe version could be even faster). This will free up one of the 4 1TB hard drives. So I was wondering (taking into account that to be employment ready I want to run AVID/FCX & PremPro) what should be my RAID setup be. I have always gone with RAID 0 for speed (as long as it's properly backed up) but I'm open to suggestions.


    1TB Scratch Disc + 3TB RAID 0 Data Disc

    2TB RAID 0 Scratch Disc + 2TB RAID 0 Data Disc

    3TB RAID 0 Scratch Disc + 1TB Data Disc [Although I already have just over 1TB of data, so maybe not this option]


    3/ I have heard some people talk about using partitioning as a way to ensuring that the fastest part of the disc is utilised. Is there any truth to this? And if so any advice?


    Thanks folks!


    Mac Pro Details [Early 2009]

    2 x 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

    32 GB 1066 MHz DDR3

    ATI Radeon HD a870 512 MB [Slot 1]

    Apple 2 Port 4Gbps Fibre Channel Card [Slot 2] (which I'm thinking of getting rid of for the SSD)

    2 x USB 3.0 + 2 x eSata inputs [Slot3] (on order from OWC)

    Apple RAID Card [Slot 4] (dead battery, I would be better off with a Black Magic card maybe)

    4 x 1TB Hard Discs being 1 x WDC WD10EALX-009BA0 (my current boot disc) + 3 x WDC WD1001FALS-41K1B0 (currently in RAID 0, no separate scratch disc)

    I have 3 x one hourly archival backups (via Carbon Copy Cloner) of each Disc with one of them stored off site and rotated once a month. That's 6 backups all together at the moment.


    What I use it for 

    Sports photography editing and processing – [Lightroom & Photoshop]

    Video editing – [Like I said to be employment ready I try to use all of the big 3 AVID, FCX & PremPro. Also Motion & After Effects]

    Graphic Design – [Photoshop, Illustrator & Indesign]

    Web Design – [Most of the above plus Dreamweaver & Fireworks]

    Audio – [ProTools]

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