50 Gig SCSI

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Jimmy
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has anyone got one for sale?

cheers

Jack

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Do you think I can fit that in there?!?

Jimmy
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Is it worth my while getting one of these monsters? as my PC is rather SCSi orientated
would I be better investing in a RAID setup - or 2x 37Gb Ide drives?

Do you think I can fit that in there?!?

bcrabtree
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The cost differential between a 50GB SCSI and, say, 2 x 25GB IBM Ultra ATA66 drives is HUGE.

The IBM 25GB ATA66 drives are fast enough for most video editing (around 14MB/sec) and, if RAIDED on, say, a Promise FastTrak 66, will probably deliver something like 25-30MB/sec

What are you going to be doing, exactly, with the drive(s)?

Bob C

Jimmy
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Thanks for your reply...

If you've seen my system setup [I posted a couple of notes recently on the systems section] - I am at a crossroads with my setup... I have a nice SCSI card, and only 1 IDE slot left... I got a 9 gig cheetah SCSI - thinking that all that speed would do me good - it's left me wishing I'd got a bigger Quantum drive.

I don't understand RAID systems - and they seem a little expensive [says me!] - I remember e-mailing seagate some time ago - and they said that having 1x 36Gb SCSI was better than having 2x 18Gb SCSIs or 4x 9Gb SCSIs - something to do with only one peice of machinary which could be logically partitioned...

I've seen a 50Gb SCSI for £920 + VAT
and a 36Gb usually for not much less
and some U66 37Gb IBM for £381 [inc.vat]
[and seeing as though I've got the money - i figure i might as well get more than 1]

however - then I would have to build a second PC [1 for Audio - 1 for Video, networked]- something I'm considering because of the problems I've been having trying to make my Yamaha SW1000XG work with my Canopus DVRexM1,
I don't know for sure if they are conflicting - I've just been told by Yamaha to put one on the first PCI socket [he's a Jap - and he wrote "aideo" - could be either, couldn't it!?!]

I'm thinking that I made need a Dual processor for Video, and leave the single processor for audio - or is it Ram? I don't know [I have 192Mb already].

I'm trying to build a complete Multimedia Studio. 9gb feels a bit claustrophobic.

By the way - how can I view an After FX effected avi on my Amiga monitor -which is plugged into the DVrex output - it won't let me load them into the Rexvideo software - so i can only view them on the computers screen
- can't I convert them? or do I have to route them through a i/o DV camera and resample with Rexfx?

Do you think I can fit that in there?!?

DJ
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Joined: Aug 17 1999

Jimmy

Your best bet is to buy a Promise Ultra66 controller or a Promise Fastrack which will give you the ability to connect four additional IDE drives. If you get the Fastrack (preferably Fastrack66) then you can use two or more drives and stripe them together as Raid0 which will double the performance of a single drive. In fact you could easily set up a 64 Gig array just using the two 37 Gig drives and a Fastrack.

DJ

drsolly
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This is a perfect example of where a network would be a solution to consider.

Run the thing at 100 mbps - that lets you
run files at 6mb/sec, which is even enough for video capture! Have a server
with a couple of striped IDE drives,
have a machine for video, and one for audio.

The simplest way to resolve the conflicts that people have so often, is to use more than one machine.

I doubt if you need a dual processor for Video.

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Jimmy
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Thanks for the input...

... I htink it might actually be this pesky little Soundblaster soundcard - or even the residue left by a previous network card [which I couldn't setup] that's causing the problem - my MIDI card software was actually working before that...

so how do I view things I've done in Adobe on my Amiga Monitor [which is plugged into the DVRex output] - I can only view Rex things at the moment...

and does anyone know how to convert sampled audio into SMF/MIDI files for my keyboard [I'm new to this MIDI stuff]

Do you think I can fit that in there?!?