Set up Raid 0 for Photography on Big Sur - M1 Mac
I am a commercial photographer and just downloaded Softaraid 6 Beta to set up two ThunderBlades SSD 8TB each in RAID 0 to store my photos.
I am running MacOS 11.1 on a Mac mini M1.
Under Optimized for I will choose: “Digital Photography” BUT under File System should I chose the default “HFS+” or “ADFS”?
Considering I am working with large photography files ( 100Megapixels / 400 Megabites TIFF files) would it be best to choose 64, 128 or 256?
I will also set up a third Thunderblade 16TB as a back up. Planning to set this one up as RAID 4.
Any comments or suggestions?
Thank you so much,
Volume optimization has two purposes: rebuild optimization and assistance in setting stripe unit size when creating a RAID 0 volume. If these are HDD's choose HFS, it is faster. For photography as you describe, 64MB is fine. Larger sizes are primarily for video streaming.
RAID 4 is good for a Thunderblade for backup. Sounds good!
SSD's the performance hit from APFS is not important.
Its up to you:
APFS more flexible, should be more robust as a volume.
However, there is no recovering from APFS volumes (like Disk Warrior) at this time, should a problem occur, so make sure your backups are in place.
Got it. Thank you so much for the quick responses!