: RAID Set-Up
: Jerry Hofmann
: The iStoragePro Pocket View RAID Drive
Denver Colorado USA
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iStoragePro has been on my radar for the past year. I had an opportunity to run their "Pocket View" setup and was pleasantly surprised to find a rugged and fast Raid configurable portable unit I could take anywhere. Last year, I reviewed their Pocket drive, and was impressed by it, so I sure anticipated that this setup wouldn't disappoint … and it didn't. Looks nice with a MacBook Pro, too!
I've always enjoyed using small arrays, and when I was sent one populated with a pair of SSD's as well as a pair of 7200 RPM drives, I got excited to see just how much faster the solid state drives would be. They were indeed faster. Take a gander at the speeds here with the SSD's installed.
Impressive speeds indeed! This test was done connecting the eSATA connector to my Mac. The iStorgePro Pocket view is small enough to fit in your laptop bag with your laptop, and it's fast enough for most all editing jobs. SSD's are fast, but pricey. So I swapped out the SSD's for a pair of 7200 RPM drives and got the numbers below with AJA's System test software.
Interesting that the speeds are just fine for the drives that are in use, however note the differences in the graphs between the two. Seems the real drives drop speeds momentarily, where the SSD's showed a very constant speed. I've been using the unit populated with 7200 RPM drives playing ProRes 4:2:2 files without a single hitch however, and they surely cost less than the SSDs!
Raid 0 is faster, but it's got its downsides, so you can either format the drive Raid 1 (which mirrors the drives) or make them just JBOD (separate drives).
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