I’m going through a rather large set of hardware changes here - and at the same time am reviewing my storage and backup systems. I’m out of space, and I really want some rock solid systems in place.
So - after a fair bit of research, this is what I’ve come up with. I’d love to hear opinions and ideas - particularly “holes” or potential pitfalls with the solution I’m proposing.
First up - the main machine.
Mac pro late 2010 (latest) 6 core.
OS : OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD 115 GB
Working : Hitachi 7K3000 3TB 7200RPM 64MB cache HD.
Sample Library 1 : OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 240 GB (Installed in second optical drive bay)
Sample Library 2 : OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 240 GB (Installed in second optical drive bay)
Sample Library 3 : Hitachi 7K3000 3TB (as above)
Video / SFX Library : Hitachi 7K3000 3TB (as above)
With this, I’ll distribute various sample libraries across the different drives - with the libs that have the greatest transfer requirements put on the SSD’s. After much research, I’ve come to the conclusion that keeping the drives separate (rather than a RAID 0 array) is better for performance! Once I’ve stress tested the system, I will offload some sample instruments to slave computers. However, I think things like spectrasonics, and kontakt libs that I tend to change a lot (so not my orchestral stuff) will remain on my main computer. And even a couple of PLAY instruments. But VSL, LASS and orch / choir play will prob end up on slave’s I’d say.)
Next up is backup.
4 Bay RAID array.
Containing 4x3TB Hitachi drives (as above) - in RAID5. So single drive fault tolerance. 9TB usable space.
Nightly backup of my current projects stored locally on the mac (usually around 1TB) and my library of archived projects that I maintain for clients. This is currently 3TB for the last 2.5 years - but could do with some cleaning out. I anticipate I’ll need a total of 6TB storage for the next 3 years.
As #1 - identical storage - but only weekly. Held offsite.
Same hardware as #1, but setup as a raid 10 array. 6TB usable store. Will keep an image of my OS, and sound effects / sound library drives, as well as backup any video files that are necessary.
Yes, a lot of drives, but it seems this is almost a minimum requirement these days. As far as I can tell, the next step up is a single 8 drive array at the studio for backup, and another at home mirroring.
But comments and thoughts would be most appreciated.