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So, I'm doing research on effective therapy. We have a few therapists (8-10) who have clients who have agreed to be part of our study, and we're recording their sessions. I need to set up a machine on which to store/edit the recorded video. Right now, we've just got a bunch of hard drives, one for each therapist, but this scares me, because it just takes one drive failure to wipe out a few hundred hours of video.
Basically, this machine will serve as a video storage/editing vault--it won't need to be connected to the internet, but i'll be backing up recorded interview sessions to it weekly. Data redundancy/protection from failure is highest priority, but i'll also be doing some light editing on it (trimming sections, compiling multiple clips, no high end rendering or anything like that).
I've been thinking that I'll just build a basic box with a hardware RAID card, but my knowledge of that is theoretical (meaning, I've only read some wikipedia/tom's hardware stuff, i've never actually done it.)
Which type of RAID will best serve me? (I'm leaning to RAID 5 or RAID 10 right now)
What should I be looking for in a good hardware RAID card to handle/rebuild the RAID?