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11-05-2007, 06:31 AM
Hey guys,

I’m a photographer whose harddrives are way full and I know I’m just asking for a disaster. I need to get more space, backup my files (I know!!!), and have my older drives available for easy reloading into the enclosure for when I need to rework older files. Here’s my current system. You've always been so helpful in the past -- thanks! Any advice on this one would be greatly appreciated!

I’ve got a quad 2.5 Ghz G5 with 4 GB ram
In the machine I have 2 hardrives:

Startup Disk: Raptor (150Gb)
Macintosh 250 Gb drive

In the 2 bay SATA enclosure I have:

Hitachi 500GB drive
Hitachi 400 Gb drive

Now – I’m pretty sure that my enclosure is not ‘hotswap.’ I bought it here at macgurus a while back and it’s like those ‘burly PM sata enclosures’ – not the ‘hotswap’ ones with the digital screen in front. The question is: do I need to get a different enclosure setup in order to be able to swap drives in and out? All drives are currently way over-full and I’m generally adding about 60 - 100 GB of imagery/ month.

According to the guide to photo storage, it seems that I don’t necessarily need any fancy hotswap stuff – but I may need to upgrade to a 4 or 5 bay enclosure? And get SyncronizeProX. I just am not much of a computer geek, and it was a while ago that I installed my fancy enclosure – I’m a bit jittery about messing with it again.
I’m generally adding about 60 - 100 GB of imagery/ month.

Thanks in advance,


11-05-2007, 09:11 AM
Hi Bethany,

From looking at the order it appears you bought a 2 Bay Hotswap Enclosure. It has the regular trays, which I like more than the LCD ones with the fancy blue light (eye candy).

Nice part is, you also got the Sonnet E4P host card, which means you can install a Port Multiplier enclosure to that card, no need for a new host card $$.

No reason to get rid of the 2 bay, it will keep right on working. And the trays from a PM enclosure will swap into it as well. Stick with the standard trays and grab up a 4 bay and just start expanding into it. Piece of cake.


11-06-2007, 06:40 AM
So in theory, I just need to get:

Burly 4 Bay SATA Hot Swap PM
4 - Hitachi T7K500 500 GB SATAII HDs
(I’m just going with Hitachi because that’s what I have and I haven’t had any problems so far. Any reason why I should go Seagate instead?)

And I'll just get that sychronize software from somewhere else?
Thanks Ricks!


11-06-2007, 08:45 AM
That sounds good......except:

If you add up to 100 GB per month, it won't be too long before we revisit this again. Do you ever purge anything? If not, in a three years you could have:

100GB X 36 months = 3600GB (3.6 Terabytes, TB)

That's not including......anything you have in storage now, or if you shoot more, or if you move up to a higher res camera, which will increase the size of every file.

If any of the above is likely, the more space you add, the less often you will will have to mess with this again.

11-06-2007, 11:49 AM
Good point Unc.

Bethany, maybe the cure is to get something like the 4 or 5 bay and start out with one or two 1 TeraByte drives in it. That way later on, when you have outgrown that drive or drives, you will still have room to add a couple more drives. And you know that the drives will be cheaper per GB and probably bigger yet by then. By getting more bays you have the infrastructure to add more drives while actually buying the expensive part, the hard drives themselves, later when you actually need it.


01-02-2008, 12:20 PM
sounds good - thanks for all the advice again.
Now that the holidays are over, I'm ready to get organized! -- so then i'll be getting the 5 bay and it seems that the 1 TB seagate is the way to go, right?

And I won't be needing any other fancy gizmos/hostcards or anything to get rockin, right?



MGBurly5PM - Burly 5 Bay w/ Port Multiplier

Cables: 2 Meter MCJ78EX-BB;

ST31000340AS - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1000 GB SATAII 32 MB cache

01-02-2008, 04:19 PM
The 5 bay will attach directly to the host card you already have. You need nothing else.


01-02-2008, 04:22 PM
whoo-hoo! I'm ordering them now.
thanks again!