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:)