I’m Ted Pacult, post supervisor of
Portlandia and Documentary Now; and VFX coordinator for Man Seeking Woman.
We’re at the Portlandia Season Six offices which also happen to be the offices for
Man Seeking Woman season two, and the upcoming FX show Baskets, and the former
Documentary Now editorial office. One uniting factor between the show’s, other
than everyone being such good friends, is our use of G-Tech drives from set, to post,
and to long-term storage we’re G-Tech people; and we’re dogs. Dogs like Portlandia
editor Caleb and the Basket’s assistant editor Zoey.
Then there’s our intern Wes, who we probably won’t hire, and they’re all
using G-Tech drives. The juggernaut drive for us is the G-SPEED Studio XL. So fast.
So reliable. We use it for archiving all our onset media and editorial assets.
They come preset in RAID 5, meaning that if one of the 8 internal hard drives
goes down, there’s no loss of media. For extra safety though, we program our
Studio XL’s to RAID 6, meaning two drives can go down without any loss of media. We like that. To change raid formatting you need to use the G-SPEED Studio software
utility, available for free on the support page of G-Tech’s website. Setting RAID
configuration will do a permanent erase of all the media on the drive, so make
sure all media on the drive that you’re formatting is backed up, and completely
disconnect any drives you do not wish to format. From the software utility, we’ll
delete the disk array go to the disk array tab, choose delete, and type in
confirm. Once deleted, select ‘create disc array.’ Then we’ll create a new disc array
and create an alias. We’ll call it RAID 6. Because the Studio XL has eight
internal drives, we could create multiple disk arrays. This would be similar to
creating a partition on a single hard drive, but with the Studio XL, it would
instead isolate a single drive or several drives within the XL
enclosure. I will add all eight possible drives to the disk array because I want
to configure the entire set of drives to RAID 6. Now hit submit.
Then finish, to create the disk array. Next, we go into the logical drive tab.
Select our new disk array with the alias ‘RAID 6.’ We need to create an alias
for the logical drive as well, which I will call ‘RAID 6.’ Set the RAID level to
raid six, and all other options can remain as the defaults. Now add the disk
array. Finally, hit submit to create the new logical drive with our selected RAID
configuration. If it’s RAID 0, formatting happens instantly; other raid
options can take some time to synchronize. It’s great opportunity to
grab some coffee from the toilet, or bury a tennis ball, and that’s all there is to
setting a new RAID format. Remember to support your local cable- and satellite provider
by watching Portlandia and Documentary Now on IFC, and Man Seeking Woman and
Baskets on FX.