6TB Hard Drives might be the new normal for the D800

Started Nov 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
PatrickP Contributing Member • Posts: 716
If you use RAID controller, you will need one with 8+ ports soon.

mfahim27753 wrote:

I am running a 2 x 4TB RAID1, and a 8TB RAID6 as a second backup, External offline backup and a cloud backup of all my images.

The new Seagate 3TB ones only have a year warranty, which only makes me suspicious, and WD GP drives are too slow to be in RAID, so I went for Hitachi 4TB for RAID. They are fast and has three years warranty. I do use WD 3TB for my other storage needs and a Corsair 240GB SSD for Windows 8.

This was the setup before I purchased D800. Now it is feeling up way quicker than I thought But looking at all of your storage solutions, I can say that I am crazy Although can't just blame D800, those test shoots with Hasselblad and PhaseOne are the culprit too.

I'm giving it six months before I need to expand my RAIDs.

I use 6 x 2TB RAID 6 (8TB effective) as my primary storage. And it's already half full after spending 8 months with my D800E and the prior 4 years with a D700 with various video cams. The additional speed does make editing TIFFs far less painful.

Not really a RAID expert, but I read that Given that higher capacity drives are more likely to run into unrecoverable error given the 1/1E15 error rate, it is recommended you really don't use drives bigger than 1TB (2TB is already a stretch), or otherwise a rebuild would take too long before other drives fail. Sounds reasonable precaution to me.

So with a mainstream 8 port RAID controller(9265-8i or 6805 comes to mind) running RAID 6, you really have maximum 6TB (8x1T) or 12TB (8x2T) of storage max. For those shoot quite a bit of video and 36MP 14-bit RAWs after using the D800/E for 2-3 years , they might need to shop for a RAID controller with 12 or 16 ports.

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