Multiple Harddrive question
Posted 04 September 2006 - 05:26 PM
Posted 05 September 2006 - 02:20 AM
i dont htink that windows can see that much hard drive space i could be wrong but that is a huge huge amount of memory what the [bleep] can be taking up that much space????? thats increadble
that will also take a massive amount of time to trasfer that amount of data definetly get drives with a 16Mb cache and look depending on what the data is you might want toconsider a RAID 0 config for performace but as i said that depends on what this data is
thats increadble and i would be interested in knowing what it is
now computer spec wise it depends on what your doing with these files. if it is say video files then you would need a entirely different system that for i dont no what ever the heck takes up that much space....
you would probably benifit form a new core 2 duo system and that would be one of the higher ones (E6600 or higher) a fair amount of RAM (probably 1-3 gigs would be heaps)
but still im not sure if windows XP can see that much HDD space someone else migth be able to clear that up but thats what i think
Edited by troppo, 05 September 2006 - 02:23 AM.
Posted 05 September 2006 - 03:33 AM
i found theese two for you on newegg
they are 750Gb's
one is SATA 3.0Gb/s and the other is ultra ATA 100 i would get the SATA deffinetly
and if you are going to get 4X500Bg's i would get them SATA 3.0Gb/s as well
and also it may not be XP that is the limmiting factor but the BIOs on your motherboard. if your motherboard is new one im pretty sure (kinda) that it will take that much space because think about it if you have a motherboard with 4 SATA plug on it then its gotta support over 1Tb because thats only 2 500Gb hard drives which is pretty responable so im guessing that a newer type motherboard would be able to support that much but still im not quite sure
ill try to do some more research for you and see what i can find, google is your friend use that aswell and see what you can find also
Edited by troppo, 05 September 2006 - 03:40 AM.
Posted 05 September 2006 - 03:57 AM
1) all thoose hard drives would chew through a bit of juice you will have to at least buy a 600W PSU i found some that have 4 connectors some have 6 but it depends on what else you have in your system such as burners extra hard drives (os drive) and other things and if your looking at a high end system with a power full CPU and heaps of fans and even a mid range graphics card you might want to get a better even more power full PSU
2) will you have a seperate drive for you OS?
3) are you building a brand new system to accomadate all of this space because you didnt make that clear in your post are you just wantign to add hard drives or build a new systemw with the hard drives installed into it aswell?
4) all of thoose hard drives might be hard to fit into a case you would need to buy a full tower case maybe even a server case to house all the hard drives because if you are having 5 drives thats alot.
5) thoose hard drives tsacked close together will generate alot of heat and you might have a hard time cooling them you would need to buy a really good case to get pleanty of air over the drives
Posted 05 September 2006 - 08:25 AM
More info would really be needed in order to give a complete answer.
PS Troppo we have the edit option for a reason.
Posted 05 September 2006 - 08:30 PM
Also I found this, what do you guys think:
I hadnt understanded the comment about the OS being on a diff drive.
The plan is to build an entirely new system, which is why I asked what would be best comp. spec. wise. I would need fastest load times without killing the functionality of the computer. The tasks do take a large amount of power and is spread across multiple monitors;therefore I need actions not to distort the monitors when active.
Hmm...odd, I swear I replied to all this already...
Posted 06 September 2006 - 02:56 AM
so you want to build a new system with no lag and multiple monitors...what is your budget???
how many monitors are you wanting to run??? just 2???
core 2 duo systems are the best on the market at the moment but it depends on your budget and how much you are willing to spend that will determine what sort of things that you put inot your system but a decent graphics card woudnt be a bad thing if your running 2 fairly high resolutions.
but we need to no if this data is goig to be loaded there and just sit there or is it being constantly played with as in are you trasfering or updating the data alot or just every so often??
Posted 06 September 2006 - 05:57 AM
So it seems you need a workstation, might be more complicated whats your budget the kind of system you want will be very very expensive, you are looking at over a grand just for disk drives at the moment. And something with enough power to handle large data files with good speed and multiple monitors is probably going to be another 2 or 3 grand at least.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 09:19 AM
The budget isnt an issue. If anything the first thing I was going for was an estimate as well, and even if the price is beyond my capibilities, it just means Ill hold on it for a few months.
What graphics card would you recommend for the multiple monitors? Im also looking for one that would have an RCA component so it could also use a general TV as a monitor.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 09:58 AM
You are looking at serious cash and serious kit if its video editing youll probably be better off with a 2d card rather than the normal 3d cards designed for gaming 3d applications, cards like fireGLs i think would be better for video editing although im not as in with that side.
You are looking at alot of HDD youll need to buy an array style system even with todays largest drive which is 750Gb youll need 27 of them thats something like 14,500 USD worth of HDD space so as far as i know youll need some sort of pre built array but i dont know alot about those as they are beyond my means. The workstation itself isnt so bad some convential high end setups for workstations and multi CPU server types would do but they arent cheap either and to work with files that large youll need alot of ram and that might mean a server board more expensive and need more expensive memory, again not as good with this kind of system i only know the basics of them.
Multi monitor is probably the easiest bit lots of multimonitor solutions again these arent cheap though.
Last time i looked at systems like what you need was a couple of years and they cost more than 40000 pounds which is alot more than most earn in a year. Im not even sure if i know anyone that will have a system like that who i could ask for more info.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:05 AM
Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:21 AM
Where are you from to get an idea of prices(ill do it in GBP for now as its easier for me multiply by about 1.8 for USD), 5 drives will run £1700 and youll need a stacker probably with a hard drive converter module to get the extra drive mounts another £170. Youll want intel core 2 probablly if there is no cash limit so another £160 and as much ram as it will take £500 maybe more youll need to find 2Gb modules to max it out. And another £500 for vid cards and maybe £150 for a vid capture card. The top end intel is 750ish but the one down is half that.
So looking at least 3grand all in which is not to bad considering all that HDD space still alot of cash and youll need a powerful PSU for it and the monitors and vid cards will be a little trickier than normal ive asked about how good fireGLs are for video editing as ive only seen them in CAD style machines but they arent cheap either and it depends how you want your monitors set up.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 02:46 PM
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