Maggie is planning a series of drive tests soon which will benefit not only her day job, but also others who have heavy data wrangling needs. The basic premise is 3 to 4 SATAII drives in RAID0 in an ‘everyman’ edit/capture station.
I am planning on doing some disk testing in July testing sustained transfer (read and write) specifically geared towards prosumer video capture/editing and file serving. My intentions are to take a standardized platform (a Mac Pro – for file serving use it will be easy to extrapolate from here) and keep it WWJAD (What Would Joe Average Do). This means keeping cost in mind as well as ease-of-use/installation.
The short list of drives she’ll be testing (so far) are:
Samsung Spinpoint F1 7200RPM 32MB (HD103UJ)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 7200RPM 32MB (SEAST31000340AS)
Hitachi 7K1000 7200RPM 32MB (HIT0A35155)
Western Digital RE2-GP 5400/4700RPM 16MB (WDGWD10FYPS)
For more info see her blog entry at . If you’d like suggest any additions or changes, feel free to drop us a line here and we’ll pass it along. We’ll post the results as soon as they come in (mid to late July).