Hard drive and data workflow recommendations

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Hard drive and data workflow recommendations

I had a drive die in my machine and its a good time to do some data management housekeeping both in the data itself, but also re-evaluate my system and get a more rigid workflow.  The main question I have is how to best structure the redundancies on my main machine and the flow of data/projects efficiently.  This is not a backup question, I have a NAS and offsite cloud backups enabled.  This is just how to configure my data workflow and local machine archives.

I can have 5 drives on my machine, below is the current spec:

  1. M.2: NVME boot/application drive
  2. 2.5": 1TB SSD for working files and recent projects
  3. 2.5": 500GB SSD - currently unused
  4. 3.5": 1TB HDD for archive of older projects
  5. 3.5": Empty (dead 1TB backup for #4 above)

So my thought is to convert slots 4/5 into high capacity RAID1 (8TB each or something) which gives me the overhead for my ever-expanding library, but Im concerned about read/write speeds as I dip into my library fairly frequently ... though the 1TB SSD does give me some significant headroom on legacy projects.  I also have the unused bay #3 with the 500GB drive in it.

Anyway, for those who have gone down this path, what are good solutions?  Is RAID fast enough to work from if I have to edit large video files from it?  I think Id prefer not moving GBs on and off the SSDs from the RAID for short term projects but maybe Im blowing this out of proportion.

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