How to Choose RAID Type for Video Editing
Here you will find out:
- RAID for video editing needs
- RAID speed, capacity, and redundancy for video editing
- when DiskInternals can help you
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RAID for video editing needs
If your work or hobby is related to multimedia, then you know firsthand that you need a large disk, and often more than one. In this case, it is easier and more profitable to collect your array while choosing the most effective RAID level. After all, the arrays provide not only convenient storage of video data, but also improve system performance, provide redundancy and fault tolerance, and so on.
Before creating an array, you should know some nuances that will improve your RAID and make your life easier!
RAID speed, capacity, and redundancy for video editing
Since video files are often huge, disk capacity should be maximized. Arrays can provide this. To create a raid, you need two or more disks of the same size, configurations and, if possible, the same manufacturers.
Redundancy is another advantage of arrays. This allows you to configure the system to duplicate data on different disks. Thus, if one or more disks (depending on the level of the array) fail, you will lose all data and can continue to work quietly without interruption.
However, it is still recommended to have a backup of vital data on another device.
And, of course, the read and write speed of the arrays is higher than that of a single disk.
This is due to the data distribution mechanism (interleaving, mirroring, parity), so each level has either a higher write speed or the read speed. And RAID 0 generally has the maximum performance, since it distributes data simultaneously across multiple disks, but without redundancy.
RAID 0 or 1 for video editing
Start with RAID 0, as mentioned above. The performance will be excellent here, but it is imperative to have a backup of all data. After all, there is no redundancy and fault tolerance here at all. However, you can use the entire volume of the array disks, which must be at least two.
In RAID 1, you can only use half of the free space, since the rest of the space is for data duplication in case one of the drives fails. Here, the data distribution method is used - mirroring. That is, if you have a RAID with two drives, it will mirror one drive to another, and with four drives, it will mirror two drives to two others, and so on.
Therefore, for massive video files, it will be preferable to choose RAID 0, since RAID 1 will take up a lot of time and free space.
RAID 5 or 6 for video editing
Video editors love RAID 5 for its versatility. Along with excellent performance, this array has some fault tolerance and is able to withstand damage to one disk. This array consists of at least three disks, and one of them is required for data recovery. Thus, 33% of the storage volume falls out of public use.
You can also use RAID 6, which is very similar to the previous array, but more expensive.
Here, the minimum number of disks is four, but without losing data, this raid can withstand the failure of as many as two disks. Since this phenomenon is very rare, RAID 6 can be called the most fault-tolerant. In RAID 6, you lose half of your free space, which may also be unacceptable for video editors.
How to keep your RAID safe
If you need to recover deleted video - use DiskInternals Video Recovery. This application will be enough to get back any damaged or accidentally deleted video.
If you need to rebuild a RAID of any level, then use only DiskInternals RAID Recovery. The program automatically determines the required parameters and configuration of the array, which provides its subsequent deep scanning.
There is a built-in Recovery Wizard for amateurs and beginners. Also, for your peace of mind, there is a free preview of all found data before recovery.
Before downloading the application, read the instructions:
Install RAID Recovery and then run the Recovery Wizard, if necessary.
Select which target array to scan and the scan mode (fast, deep, or reader).
Then, wait for a little, and you will receive search results on the monitor screen. You need to view them for free and ensure the integrity of the data.
Now, you purchase a license and export the data to any other disk using the Wizard.