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Disk Storage
Nathaniel CooperNov 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM1 min read

3 Major things to consider when buying disk storage

The 3 major things you need to consider when it comes to buying any hard drive or SSD are:


  1. Performance
  2. Capacity
  3. How am I going to back this much storage up

Now, Performance is especially important for video teams.  If you can go SSD, do it, you're almost always better off with less capacity and more performance, which is usually going to happen with SSD.


IF you are putting together a RAID for shared editing and you can't go SSD, just absolutely make sure both your drives and RAID controller are 12G SAS.


Capacity is simple, more, more, more!  You will always be better off with more storage AS LONG AS (caveat) as you can back it up, which brings us to our final factor.  Back up.


Make sure you don't get so much capacity you can't, or won't back it up.  Drives fail, files get lost, back up is critical.  One of the biggest mistakes people make (which is really easy to do) is to get a whole bunch of storage and put all of your eggs in 1 basket.


Stay safe out there and enjoy the fact that 16TB hard drives and 8TB SSDs actually exist and are affordable, that's awesome!


Nathaniel Cooper

As Chief Operating Officer of ProMAX Systems, Nathaniel Cooper, runs ProMAX Systems day to day operations. Cooper has been working with Storage, Backup and Media Management for video and creative professionals since 2001. Cooper has lead the design and deployment of some of the largest media systems in the world including a range of customers from NFL, MLB & NBA teams, US Military operations, and many of the worlds largest PR agencies and consumer brands. Cooper has spent the last 9 years as part of the ProMAX team and specializes in translating complex technical issues and options into easily understandable concepts.