March 29, 2009 Seth Perkins

SAS Drives

Two weeks ago, one of the SATA drives  in my Render box’s RAID began to go.  Fortunately, I had most

of my material backed up, and what wasn’t was recoverable with a little prodding. I decided, so long as I had to replace a drive, why not step up the I/O?  On ebay, I was able to get a hold of a Dell Perc 5 / i SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) with 512MB of RAM for a little over $100 and two 72GB 15.2k RPM Cheetah drives from Seagate for ca $125 each.  After waiting for shipping, and being absent last week while traveling in DC, I finally finished installing the hardware and setting up the OS Saturday morning.  I reinstalled my copy of Adobe’s Production Premium and tried a few renders.  The performance is night and day.  I have one project which is a scan of 8mm film in 1080p.  I was able to preview the frame sequence in Premier straight off the disks where a few weeks ago, I would have had to do some prerendering.

Next, I’ll throw a heavy duty After Effects project at it and see what happens:)








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