Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2013 9:52 AM (in response to aquestionortwo)
If you are going to be regularly editing multicam projects with four or more cameras, then the RAID 0 can definitely make the difference. Otherwise, IMO, it's not necessary – especially with a relatively new MBP.
In FCP, you can solve any playback issues by changing playback preferences to Better Performance and the ability to switch to proxy media while cutting off line.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2013 7:38 AM (in response to Russ H)
Actually, as a long time IT engineer, I can assure you from many tests my compandy and others have done, that most end users can't tell the peformance difference between RAID 0 and RAID 1 on most setups. Only if you use a very large, massive RAID array would you ever notice the difference. To with RAID 1 and be sure the encoluser allows you to change out one of the drives if it goes bad without losing your data. Not all allow that.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2013 7:54 AM (in response to Russ H)
Agreed that RAID is of no importance. Any Thunderbolt or Firewire (use adapter) hard drive with a reasonably fast 7200rpm drive (don't get a "green" drive that spins down...I like Western Digital Caviar Black drives) will be perfectly fine unless you get into multicam work.
RAID0 is only for data protection. There is no speed up.
If one drive goes bad in a RAID1 configuration you HAVE lost data. RAID0 is a mirror backup setup and does nothing for speed. RAID1 shares data between two drives with no backup and if one drive goes down you're hosed. But neither is necessary, per se.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2013 8:26 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
All my drives are green and I have never had problems.
RAID on anything (FW, Tbolt, USB 3.0) will be much, much faster than a single drive, also. So yes, RAID is of great importance.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 2:31 PM (in response to BenB)
Thanks for the tip, BenB! If you have any personal opinions of drives, I'm all ears. I'm relatively lazy, so was thinking of just picking up a G-RAID w.Thunderbolt at the Apple store when I make my purchase, but if you have any personal favorites for hot-swappable drives, I'm all ears (I guess I was just assuming if one fails, then back to the manufacturer it goes, and I've heard pretty good things about their replacement work...though hopefully that won't happen! ).