Sounds like over-think to me. First FCX requires a mac fomatted drive
Simple option: get a fast firewire drive - capture the footage - clone the drive (can be USB if it's for backup only).
I backup my video files through a separate routine than my other file backup. otherwise it would clog up Time Machine pretty well I think.
Higher-end option: a two-drive raid; esata is good. Raid-0 if you need the speed. Raid-1 if you want redundacy.
Sorry, got my RAIDs switched! I do want redundancy.
I use CCC as a Time Capsule complement for routine backup, so I could go that route rather than RAID.
I woud like a solution where I didn't have to deal with multiple power cords and multiple data connectors.
What do you think of the LaCie d2 or 2big solutions? They have a new thunderbolt series out with MacOS RAID (so presumably FCPX compatible)
The LaCie 2Big 4TB solution is $650. With a 3rd drive to swap offsite I'd be in budget.
The Pegasus R4 Thunderbolt solution is a bit higher end, but is sold through the Apple store:
At $1150 it's over my budget, but it's something to think about ...
I've heard a lot of negative criticism of LaCie products, although many people like them.
I use these cute little units:
Always had good experiences with OWC.
Less, LaCie has a mixed reputation. Sometimes they seem to be a serious company, other times it appears they're throwing junk over the wall. Of coures the same has been said of a company we know well.
Do you stream your video directly to the Elite Pro Dual mini? Bus-powered is one way to get rid of a cable.
OWC also makes the Guardian MAXIMUS for $480 (dual 20.TB):
That's within my budget.
I use my Elite Dual Mini in RAID 0 for speed. I'm not so into the whole RAID 1 idea, because when I need to recover something from a backup, it's usually because of my stupid mistake rather than a dead drive. With RAID 1 my stupid mistake happens on both disks.
I do like your idea of getting three drives right off the bat. That's sufficient redundancy for me. Whenever I need more space, I buy three identical drives, with one living offsite.
I use the Dual Mini as a bus-powered Firewire drive when I go editing in a café or in a park. At home I try to get a little boost in speed by using the disk's two eSATA ports connected via an ExpressCard adapter to the Thunderbolt port on my laptop.
Even with a RAID 0, 7200RPM disks, and eSATA, the drive is typically the speed bottleneck. I think the Pegasus gets better performance using more than two disks in the RAID 0 array, but it's a lot to pay and still not have an offsite backup. It's a real pity that there aren't a bunch of cheap Thunderbolt drives out there.
All the OWC drives mentioned in this thread would be outside your budget if you're looking for three 1+1TB drives for less than $1K, but an Elite mini would be less than $1K if you went for three 750+750GB drives.
I saw the Dual Mini, but thought it would be too slow, and the capacity is at the low end. I guess RAID 0 makes up for the slow spindle speeds. I only edit at home on an iMac, so I'll take that as a vote for the Guardian Maximus though that price point is high
What ExpressCard adapter are you using? Is it a pair of Sonnet devices?
Looks quite interesting!
A friend also mentioned the Netgear ReadyNAS Duo, but I assume that would be too slow to support editing ...
a pair of Sonnet devices?
Yes, I wanted to have the open-ended-ness of the ExpressCard 34 interface option, but I didn't want to lug around a 17" MBP.
Stepping back a little, what format are you editing your family videos? If you're just doing one or two layers of HD video in a good editing codec, with cuts, dissolves, and titles, you don't really need the super fastest drive ever.
Anyway, have fun!