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Best raid system for 2008 Mac Pro DAW Software
Old 5th December 2016
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Best raid system for 2008 Mac Pro

Hi folks,

I'm upgrading from an iMac quad core i7 to and older 8 core Mac Pro and I'll be using it on many contracts doing mixing, editing, sound design and composition for film and tv. I had an ssd in my iMac, which I'll move into the Mac Pro as the system drive, but I could use some advice as far as setting up a my sata hard drives. Ideally, my system ssd drive will handle only applications and I'll have a separate sata drive for my sessions and then only for only Sfx libraries / vst instrument samples as well. I guess another 1 or 2 for backups as well in Raid if possible. The MAC Pro is the 2.8 one and is an 8 core. Will it be able to handle all these drives, with 2 of them in raid within the tower, or would someone suggest putting in one of those PCI/esata cards so I can have some 6g/a Sata drives running outside of the tower in a hard drive bay ? I'm assuming the 3G/s sata speeds that the Mac Pro has may slow things down a bit. Anyway, I'm mainly looking for some rock solid backup options and the most efficient way to distribute the hard drive load across a few drives, so I have zero bottlenecking. We're talking pretty massive sessions in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, with often over 100 tracks, a lot of plugins and many vst sample libraries.

Thanks a lot - I imagine this is something a lot of you have had to put quite a lot of time, consideration and money into and would be glad to hear your setups / suggestions.

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