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Externa e-sata storage for projects and working
show user profile  soontekk
Hi folks, i am planning to excommunicate most of my storage outside of my workstation to be able to make it more portable and free it from my wks so when i'm upgrading it is something i should not worry about. My wks will only have system disks, caches, swap ssd's etc, maybe a backup disk for fast backups internally but that's it.

Anyone working like this and what is your setup. Does a 5 bay e-sata house suffice ?
I was thinking something like these: http://www.amazon.de/Sharkoon-Raid-Station-Festplattengeh%C3%A4use-schwarz/dp/B008ENU0XM/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1419328383&sr=1-3&keywords=sharkoon

or can i use something like a synology diskstation (nas) as external storage (i would suspect not) ?


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12/23/2014 10:55:42 AM (last edit: 12/23/2014 10:55:42 AM)
show user profile  joelr
This raid system looks ok, but since it's in German I can't read into its spec. What kind of raid does it do? 0,1,5?
I can't say I have ever worked this way you want, but personally I had bad experience with esata (always dropped the connection), I would much rather use the usb3 if you have it supported in your system.
I guess your supposed setup does have some advantages as you said, but also some disadvantage since all the data Will transfer through a single esata or usb3 connection. While on a regular system each drive has its own esata connection. But this is relevant only if you need to work with several drives simultaneous.

Joel



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12/23/2014 7:34:54 PM (last edit: 12/23/2014 7:34:54 PM)
show user profile  Dr_Jim
Kurt - I work this way.

Esata (if properly installed) is the way to go. Each Esata port is a dedicated connection. USB is a shared connection.

I use G-Technologies products.
I have a SSD as my main system drive.
I have another SSD as my Adobe Cache drive
I then have an Gtech esata RAID 0 as a primary project drive
Also another Gtech RAID 0 as a primary media drive.
I then use a USDB 3 WD 8TB RAID 1 as a nightly backup for the 2 RAID 0's.

Great speed,(for video and project access.....as well as the Adobce Cache files and database on SSD with zer lag access time)...and nightly backups with redundancy should a RAID zero fail.
Everything is on it's own channel,.....and the nightly backup over USB 3 is fine since the machine is either idle or rendering.


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12/23/2014 7:54:56 PM (last edit: 12/23/2014 7:55:44 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
Hey Joel, indeed it does raid everything but i'm not even sure i need that. I do nightly backups like Jim via a NAS (wired but not usb3 = too slow so i'll change that as well). I always have a dedicated disk that i use to do manual backups of running projects anyway.

And since system ssd's and caches are still in the main wks traffic has been derived from the project drives so even if it is shared it will still be doable in my case. I actually am running some projects from a usb3 drive, only trouble is the startup sometimes.

Thanks Jim, now i'm confident this setup is the way to go. I'll order the sharkoon raid block and some 4tb wd green disks to get me going.

Thanks guys!

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12/23/2014 8:09:13 PM (last edit: 12/23/2014 8:09:13 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
This should make more sense, it has raid 0,1,5 and 10 whatever that last one is, never heard of it :o
http://www.centralpoint.nl/opslagbehuizingen/sharkoon/5-bay-raid-station-art-4044951012909-num-1372793/

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12/24/2014 11:34:23 AM (last edit: 12/24/2014 11:34:23 AM)
show user profile  joelr
this one is cheaper: http://www.amazon.de/Sharkoon-5-Bay-Raid-Geh%C3%A4use-Zoll-eSATA/dp/B004VJ4CSW/ref=pd_rhf_dp_s_cp_7_80R5?ie=UTF8&refRID=0B39AMDR9QW5YTWBBCGS




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12/24/2014 9:47:11 PM (last edit: 12/24/2014 9:47:11 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
aye but i likes the see thru one :)

ps: drunk :o

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12/25/2014 12:13:08 AM (last edit: 12/25/2014 12:13:08 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
From the feuture list below, does anyone know what they mean by: Supported modes: Clean/Single, Large, Clone ..

Never heard of these raid modes.

As it is i'm probably going for raid 5 = most speed + 1 drive fail safe



Features:
External RAID case with five mounting bays for 2.5" and 3.5" SATA HDDs
Supported modes: Clean/Single, Large, Clone and RAID 0/1/3/5/10
Easy RAID mode configuration
Automatic rebuild in Clone and RAID 1/3/5/10 mode
HotSpare support in Clone and RAID 1/3/5/10 mode
Supports HDD roaming
Internal interfaces: SATA I and II (compatible with SATA III)
External interfaces: eSATA and USB3.0
Fast Swap mechanism for easy HDD handling
Premium quality craftsmanship
On/off button
LED indications for power, HDD activity and rebuild mode
Pre-installed 120 mm fan

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1/23/2015 2:00:44 PM (last edit: 1/23/2015 2:00:44 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
nobody knows this ?

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1/26/2015 4:41:02 PM (last edit: 1/26/2015 4:41:02 PM)
show user profile  joelr
Never heard of that.
But if the product has a manual maybe look for it online and have a look in there



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1/26/2015 7:37:54 PM (last edit: 1/26/2015 7:37:54 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
Nope, downloaded the manual, they mention the modes and how to activate them but thats it. Must be some custom modes or so..

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1/26/2015 11:17:10 PM (last edit: 1/26/2015 11:17:10 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
mailed support, got a fast reply explaining the other modes.
they are just exotic alternatives, i'll stick with raid 5

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1/29/2015 3:37:32 PM (last edit: 1/29/2015 3:37:32 PM)
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