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Alex Gardiner

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December 25th 2012
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My NAS goal is to not make Bob Zelin upset
by Edan Cohen 9 months ago
Here is what I am thinking about purchasing for my NAS needs. Feel free to suggest an updated or better NAS. And let's try to keep Bob happy. =) Background: Video production firm with 2 Windows 10 PCs
Re: My NAS goal is to not make Bob Zelin upset
by Alex Gardiner 8 months ago
Could it be that the QNAP reports space in TiB Just a thought for the weekend. 72TB is pretty much 65TiB :-) alex@indiestor.com
12bay RAID as an archive and swapping drives for extra storage?
by Ollie Brent 9 months ago
Before I start, I know using a RAID as an archive is dangerous and swapping out the drives even more so. This wasn t my call and it s a temporary solution and hopefully in the next few months a proper
Re: 12bay RAID as an archive and swapping drives for extra storage?
by Alex Gardiner 9 months ago
To echo bobs post, use double parity. Single parity with 10TB disks is not a good idea. Once you end up in a degraded state with HDDs this big, the chances of failure during a rebuild are uncomfortabl
ATTO R608 RAID6 slow read&write speed
by Razvan Dimitriu 9 months ago
Hello! I just replaced my LSI raid controller with an ATTO, mainly to get MacOS compatibility, as I'm running a dual boot machine. I have 7 Seagate Barracuda 4TB drives connected to the ATTO R608. Rea
Re: ATTO R608 RAID6 slow read&write speed
by Alex Gardiner 9 months ago
Razvan Dimitriu "Can the initialization process be the cause for the slow speeds or maybe I'm missing something else " If the ATTO is anything like your LSI, user generated IO will push initialisatio
QNAP 873e now vs. 882XT next month
by Michael Tiemann 11 months ago
The 882XT has a pretty high price premium over the 873e. It also offers two pre-installed TB3 ports, USB 3.1 ports (where previously there were only USB 3.0 ports) and a pre-installed 10G port. Bob Ze
Re: QNAP 873e now vs. 872XT next month
by Alex Gardiner 10 months ago
Bob Zelin "Don't do big data transfers while you are trying to edit. This applies to any system, from any manufacturer. " Many people underestimate this fact. +1 alex@indiestor.com
SFP+ Cable Issues, Qbiquit and Mellanox
by Kevin Patrick 11 months ago
I'm having issues with performance between an iMac Pro and a QNAP NAS. QNAP checked my configurations, found no issues. QNAP ran some performance checks interally and determined the HW setup is fast.
Re: SFP+ Cable Issues, Qbiquit and Mellanox
by Alex Gardiner 11 months ago
EDIT: I woke up and realised I was thinking about the Myricom driver - this *does* set the interface to jumbo frames by default. Mellanox probably won't. Either way check you don't have a mismatch, it
LSI 9240 8i with HP z820 windows 10?
by bruce greene 1 year ago
I bought a used LSI 9240 8i RAID controller card to use in my HP z820. Presently I have a 16 tb RAID 0 running off the motherboard. It is fast enough, but I assume it uses CPU resources to control the
Re: LSI 9240 8i with HP z820 windows 10?
by Alex Gardiner 1 year ago
It can be a little tricky to update the firmware on these. You'd need a bootable USB drive running Free DOS, or something similar. The flashing utility itself is easy to use, but perhaps best left for
Do I Still Need to Use macOS for Post?
by Cameron Dozier 1 year ago
Hello, I am posting this question in this forum because I figure if I wanted to make the switch to PC, it would be best for me to use Avid Media Composer, but I'm not totally sure. For the longest tim
Re: Do I Still Need to Use macOS for Post?
by Pat Horridge 1 year ago
PCs everyone and an old imac to make Prores if needed. Far less grief with updates. Avid or premiere and more bang for you bucks. Pat Horridge Broadcast & Post Consultant, Trainer, Avid Certified Inst
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TS-1685 keeps shutting down or rebooting
by Sungwoo Kang 1 year ago
I installed my QNAP TS-1685 a week ago. I installed 10 of HGST 10TB Deskstar HDDs and made a volume using RAID 6. All seemed to be fine until I started sync from aws S3 using hybrid backup sync. Every
Re: TS-1685 keeps shutting down or rebooting
by Alex Gardiner 1 year ago
Tentatively chipping in... Scrubbing will push the system hard because it has to read every sector on every HDD in order to verify integrity. So like Bob says that could be highlighting a weak PSU. Yo
RAID01 or RAID10
by Neil Sadwelkar 1 year ago
For RAID enclosures with 4 or more (even number of) drives, RAID10 is one of the recommended RAID schemes, for speed and safety. RAID5 and RAID6 being the more popular RAID levels, particularly for 6
Re: RAID01 or RAID10
by Alex Gardiner 1 year ago
4 bay enclosures are a bit of a pain. Mirroring always gives you 50% usable space, which is usually not acceptable. Also depending on how your RAID is provisioned it can actually be slower for sequent
Moving a large NAS
by Kevin Merinsky 1 year ago
Hey All, I have a G-Rack12 NAS with about 15TB of data on it. I have all of the important files backed up to BackBlaze B2. I need to move the NAS to another building a couple blocks away. It's pretty
Re: Moving a large NAS
by Alex Gardiner 1 year ago
Done a fair number of these around London. Backup first - sounds like you're on top of that (check). The surprising thing I didn't account for on my first go - time of day. Overall it's pretty obvious
LumaForge announce MAJOR new update for the Jellyfish
by Sam Mestman 1 year ago
If you want your shared storage to be simple, approachable, and blazing fast, that is why LumaForge is in business and makes the Jellyfish. The video in the link below from Faster Together at NAB 2018
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Accidental formatting of Media Drive
by Sascha Engel 4 years ago
Hi everybody, Due to plain stupidity and stressed work mode, I formatted the original 3TB RAID 1 Media Disk, instead of the the back up disk. Now, I know there's many recovery softwares out there, but
Re: Accidental formatting of Media Drive
by Sascha Engel 1 year ago
It was a MAC Formatted Mirrored Drive. But it's all good, we recovered the Data. Film got finished, ran already in Cinemas in 3 countries and even won the Swiss Bern Film Prize. Best, Sascha Sascha En
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Alex Gardiner liked this 1 year ago
Reconsidering FCPX in Hollywood
by Oliver Peters 1 year ago
One of the Lumaforge NAB presentations: http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2070-josh-beal-reconsidering-final-cut-pro-x-in-hollywood Direct link to the video here: https: www.youtube.com watch ti
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Re: Reconsidering FCPX in Hollywood
by Herb Sevush 1 year ago
Bill Davis "If you choose to represent yourself in discussions - or billboard a signature that identifies you as platform agnostic, your posts and opinions will likely be seen through that light. If
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QNAP 1282T3 and Internet and LAN access via 10Gige with iMacPros
by Rich Rubasch 1 year ago
Hi; We have two iMac Pros connected directly to the 1283T NAS 10gige ports. We can connect without issue. We also use Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapters to connect to our WAN and LAN on a gigabi
Re: QNAP 1282T3 and Internet and LAN access via 10Gige with iMacPros
by Alex Gardiner 1 year ago
Trouble is when a gigabit cable is connected it wants to connect to the NAS with gigabit instead of 10gige every time....even if I change the network order in the Apple system prefs so the 10gig e ge
QNAP FCP X Slowdown/Beachball Issue via Thunderbolt 3 & SMB 3 (TVS-1282T3)
by Nikos Papadopoulos 2 years ago
Hey everyone from chilly Athens! A problem with thunderbolt 3 and FCP X is driving me nuts and was looking towards your wisdom and experiences to help track this issue down. Connected to the NAS via T
Re: QNAP FCP X Slowdown/Beachball Issue via Thunderbolt 3 & SMB 3 (TVS-1282T3)
by Bob Zelin 2 years ago
Nick now needs to stop this nonsense with Thunderbolt 3 and purchase the new Sonnet Solo 10G for $199. He will get 900 - 1000 MB sec Write and Read speeds. The new Sonnet is wonderful, and CHEAP. Bob
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Alex Gardiner liked this 2 years ago
AVID MediaCentral
by Ben Harris 2 years ago
With the big announcements from AVID at NAB recently I've been very interested in MediaCentral. Does anybody use it and know what it actually does It's hard to find a decent non-salesy answer on their
Re: AVID MediaCentral
by Trevor Asquerthian 2 years ago
Glad to hear mimiq alive & well - it s nothing like Interplay though, it just replicates bin-locking for shared bins.
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Alex Gardiner liked this 2 years ago
replace dead hihgpoint rocketraid 4322
by jeanke bos 2 years ago
My 8 year old RR 4322 died few days ago. So I have no acces anymore to my proavio raid 6 array on my mac pro 5,1. What do you recommend to replace my 4322 Do I have to stick to the same brand I guess
Re: replace dead hihgpoint rocketraid 4322
by Alex Gardiner 2 years ago
Long shot, try running the DELL in legacy BIOS mode (if it has one)... I've seen HP boxes fail to boot with other brands of RAID controller. Depends on the board etc. Sorry can't be clearer. Storage E
NAS Hard-Drives
by Eric Santiago 2 years ago
So many drives to choose from, getting dizzy here Need to create a simple RAID 0 using a Pegasus2 R4 so I'm shopping for drives. It seems some drives are labeled NAS. For my needs is this okay to use
Re: NAS Hard-Drives
by Alex Gardiner 2 years ago
HGST has always been somehow the one I gravitate towards, but the Ironwolf range is pretty solid in my view. If you go for densities above 8x then it pays to go pro (or enterprise) , but for small enc
Windows RAID Issues
by Eric Santiago 2 years ago
I rarely use RAID on the Windows side of things. On set, the DMT was asked to swap RAID sets using an OWC (Thunderbolt chassis) and internal (HP Z840). Of course, I get to be the sucker to inherit thi
Re: Windows RAID Issues
by Alex Gardiner 2 years ago
That seems like more of an answer to me. Hope you get it sorted Eric. Storage Engineer alex@indiestor.com
Tinkering With a QNAP TS-531X
by Scott Thomas 2 years ago
Saw a QNAP TS-531X 2MB on sale the other day and went ahead and got it. I've filled it with some old 500GB Seagate drives and it's currently hooked up through a Mac Pro's 1Gb Ethernet. Because I'm wan
Re: Tinkering With a QNAP TS-531X
by Alex Gardiner 2 years ago
In my view there is nothing fundamentally "wrong" with iSCSI, but it may limit what you can do with that particular storage product. ...I mean it's not like macOS is a perfect customer with SMB. lol A
Server/Storage for Editor..??
by Jake Cauty 2 years ago
Hi guys I'm a freelance Editor and do a lot of my work from home. I've been buying 2TB passport drives to store my work on, but it's getting to the point where there's just too many floating around th
Re: Server/Storage for Editor..??
by Alex Gardiner 2 years ago
haha nice! So you're really spoilt for choice when it comes to connectivity. G Tech, Pagasus and ATTO are probably not bad starting points. I'd also recommend talking to a specialist if this is what y
SSD: How to pick a winner?
by Matt Pfingsten 2 years ago
So like most editors I've been buying hard drives for a long time and know what to look for in terms of tech specs, who the good brands are, how much I should be paying, etc. But I don't know anything
Re: SSD: How to pick a winner?
by Alex Gardiner 2 years ago
Who are the good manufacturers I've had good results from Samsung and Intel drives. Most flash is manufactured by a handful of big players. https: www.statista.com statistics 275886 market-share-held
setting up raid/hdd/ssd in a server/render/video machine
by alistair murray 2 years ago
Hi, so I customized a power edge t610 from bare bone by adding dual xeon dp x5650, 48gb ram and gpu (not sure what the dp stands for still)...i was and still a server newbie..read a lot and still stru
Re: setting up raid/hdd/ssd in a server/render/video machine
by Alex Gardiner 2 years ago
I don't have much time to pick through all of this, but in an attempt limit any damage you might do... RAID0 is not really used in production - it's not at all safe because it has no redundancy. I'm n
Convert .mov to .mp4 and retain creation date.
by Rick Potter 3 years ago
Hello all. Hope this is posted in the right forum. I've got 12 years of kids family videos, over 1200. I want to convert them to .mp4 and retain the creation date. Any way to do that I've tried Handbr
Re: Convert .mov to .mp4 and retain creation date.
by Alex Gardiner 3 years ago
This is tricky because you'll be creating a new file for each transcode conversion. Naturally new files get new creation dates... I did some googling and you can use touch -r in a Linux based environm
Symply Gone?
by Scott Thomas 3 years ago
Received a terse note from Promise that Symply was no longer selling their products. On the Symply site, it states that Promise is now handling sales and service of all Symply products, ending with "P
Re: Symply Gone?
by Alex Gardiner 3 years ago
Maybe they are selling those green shoes now instead Storage Engineer alex@indiestor.com
Read/write drive
by Jonn Gibson 3 years ago
I have a power mac with os 10.5 on it and I have a few usb drives. I recently bought a pc laptop with Windows 10. Windows doesn't read the drives from the mac and the mac doesn't read the drives from
Re: Read/write drive
by Alex Gardiner 3 years ago
The NAS way of doing this isn't as bad as you think. There are lots of off the shelf products that will do what you want, but performance will be a big factor in making that decision. The flash drive
FCP-X 10.3 now supports SMB for shared storage (no more NFS !)
by Bob Zelin 3 years ago
https: support.apple.com en-us HT207128 With Final Cut Pro X 10.3, you can store libraries on thread storage systems that use the SMB protocol, as well as on other shared volumes. Where to store Final
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Re: FCP-X 10.3 now supports SMB for shared storage (no more NFS !)
by Marc Story 3 years ago
You installed our Final Share. It has been a while. Firstline in Atlanta.
can someone please explain to me the obsession with Cisco switches ?
by Bob Zelin 3 years ago
Hi - would one of you professionals PLEASE explain to me why there is this insane insistence for some companies on Cisco switches ONLY There are so many wonderful switches on the market today - everyt
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Re: can someone please explain to me the obsession with Cisco switches ?
by Alex Gardiner 3 years ago
They have a rich feature set, but IMO this is probably just another one of those special clubs for people in the know. F*ck Cisco for shared storage, frankly. Like everybody else here I'm basically sm
Avid Media Composer and sharing media on a SAN
by David Parker 8 years ago
Can someone help me out here: I am coming from Final Cut Pro, and I don't really understand how Avid MC deals with media files. In researching a SAN solution I see references to things like "Virtualiz
Re: Avid Media Composer and sharing media on a SAN
by Alex Gardiner 3 years ago
Pretty certain GB don't have an option for native AVID sharing. alex@indiestor.com Open Source Shared Storage
Storage for HD video
by Aparna Shome 3 years ago
Dear Sir, I am located in India. My company is a small production house and planning to upgrade the facilities to HD production(50 Mbps). We want a MAM -automation solution which will be able to handl
Re: Storage for HD video
by Alex Gardiner 3 years ago
Of the three I'd go with DDP. They build products are actually designed for video storage. Bob will be along to tell you more about this in a moment, but trust me - you need to get in bed with a stora
Sharing a RAID array with a few imacs for video editing
by alex ezorsky 4 years ago
I am a small video production company. By small I mean my budget for my new storage system including drives themselves is under $5K I've got about 8TB now in single external HDDs that I desperately ne
Re: Sharing a RAID array with a few imacs for video editing
by Rainer Wirth 4 years ago
Hi Bryce, I understand you want to do business, but instead of giving advice, you always want to sell your expertise. This is a free forum, not a cost-free dealing place, cheers Rainer factstory Raine
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SoftSharX Edit
by Adam Recht 4 years ago
Is anyone using SoftSharX Edit Does it work Is it any good Any caveats It seems to be the successor to Vidsharx but their site doesn't look like it's been updated for almost a year now. http: www.soft
Re: SoftSharX Edit
by Alex Gardiner 4 years ago
Hi Adam, feel free to drop me a line if you want to try a free (open source) alternative. Unlike VidSharx SoftSharX indiestor (free and pro) are actively developed, and have a much better feature set
thunderbolt shared storage ? What about USB 3.1 ?
by Bob Zelin 5 years ago
This industry is killing me. So many people seem to want a native thunderbolt shared storage system, even though there are countless options for 1G, 10G, and Fiber Channel - but NO, they want Thunderb
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Re: thunderbolt shared storage ? What about USB 3.1 ?
by Alex Gardiner 4 years ago
Hey Chris, Not 100% sure of your requirements, but perhaps fire me an email. We publish an Open Source NAS management tool that might be of interest. You'll need some Linux based storage, but actually
Indiestor
by Neil Sadwelkar 5 years ago
Should have searched before posting, but this seems too new to have appeared in this forum. Someone tweeted me about this company Indiestor which has shared storage solutions that apparently work with
Re: Indiestor
by Alex Gardiner 5 years ago
Hello! While a response from somebody on the development team is no substitute for user feedback, I thought I could at least provide some background. We have been publishing this utility on the Genera
10Gbe over fibre speed
by Stepan Ko 5 years ago
Hello We have just had new server installed for after effects and resolve work. The server is a dell power edge r720, raid5 array, 5 drives. It is connected with a fibre cable through pcie. Now when w
Re: 10Gbe over fibre speed
by Alex Gardiner 5 years ago
Hi Stepan, What kind of storage controller does your r270 have Also what OS is it running AFAIK some of the Dell Perc stuff is usually rebranded LSI kit... but not all! Its not impossible that the bot
2 person shared storage? Products? Systems? Edit Share?
by Matt Campbell 6 years ago
As our needs have grown, so has the need for another editor to join me. In our ad agency, being a one man band, has been great and local storage and back up has been just fine. I'm currently using an
Re: 2 person shared storage? Products? Systems? Edit Share?
by Bob Zelin 6 years ago
If you are willing to give this a try on your Hackintosh, I would be willing to give it a try too. Just remember, we need a DEDICATED computer to be the server. This means that if we use your Hackinto
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Mixed platform SAN file path question
by Chris Tomberlin 6 years ago
I recently added a 20-core windows box as our finishing machine. Other than that computer we are a Mac shop. One thing I did not think about in setting this up was that Windows (STILL) uses drive lett
Re: Mixed platform SAN file path question
by Alex Gardiner 6 years ago
Yes you're right. I'm pretty familiar with the inner workings, but misinterpreted the issue! Which apps are you having problems with EDIT: I wonder if there is any milage in going down the 'add networ
Ready to expand from 1 machine to 3
by Jack Johnson 6 years ago
I have Mac Pro and an 8 bay raid connected to an Atto R680. I'm preparing an expansion to 3 machines with one being the server. The set up will be for an assistant to help prep incoming projects. I'll
Re: Ready to expand from 1 machine to 3
by Alex Gardiner 6 years ago
Jack Johnson "Alex, indiestor appears to be right up my alley." Well sadly it doesn't run on Mac, but Vidsharx does and its a great piece of kit! ;) Bob Zelin "Here you go Jack - tell me if you feel
Vidsharx (or similar) for Avid
by Johan Blignaut 6 years ago
Hi, Does anyone know if Vidsharx is still being developed supported managed by anyone I emailed them early last week and had no response. I also emailed David Norden directly - whose details I found o
Re: Vidsharx (or similar) for Avid
by Alex Gardiner 6 years ago
Hi Guys. Just a quick message to say that indiestor native is a community supported open-source software. We're about to release 0.9.5 in our public repository, which fixes a few compatibility issues
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DIY SAN / Fileserver
by Valentin Struklec 6 years ago
Hi everyone, We are in the process of starting a new company and require a fileserver for the first upcoming project, There will be 6-8 artists(windows machines) working on the same footage in after E
Re: DIY SAN / Fileserver
by Alex Gardiner 6 years ago
Alex Gerulaitis "This begs a question: if you were sold on Adaptec's caching performance, why not ask Adaptec (Don't take it the wrong way - who else would we ask )" Luckily Adaptec support are prett
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mavericks issues
by Bob Zelin 6 years ago
oh boy. first few minutes in testing. AFP has network speed issues between 10.8 and 10.9. SMB has file permissions issues. Nothing easy like AFP. I have not tried SMB2 to SMB2 (2 mavericks systems). o
Re: mavericks issues
by Bob Zelin 6 years ago
in day 2 of testing, this is what we got. 1) ATTO R680 works in Mavericks 2) Areca ARC-1882x works in Mavericks (with a little tweaking) 3) drive arrays in general work 4) the 10gig cards work in Mave
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