Moving out of my old PC and into my new iMac. I've got a couple of existing hard drives I "think" will be compatible that I can store all the data I want to keep. That would leave me with a few pretty nice hard drives. Two are WD Raptors. Not that large, but at 10,000 rpm faster than any external I've found. Now to my question,....For video editing purposes, could I use the two WD Raptors (one is 40Gb the other 150Gb? don't know if size difference matters), in a dual enclosure, set them in a Raid 2 similar to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822205005
I know I would need some serious fans and it doesn't give me much capacity. Really thinking of it more like my workspace. Would store renedered videos on a larger hd.
1. Is this even worth trying?
2. What is the most limiting factor affecting the speed in the setup? Would 1394a or 1394b make any difference or will it still come down to the speed of the HDD.? (just an fyi I'm running 4GB RAM, 2.66GHz cpu and editing app is running on internal HDD
Then part two for my other other HDDs - can I just wipe them and reformat to FAT32 (instead of current NTFS).
3. Am I correct that I'd need to use FAT32 when writing from OSX. Or do I need a totally different format?
4. If I got a new external, what specfications do I need to look for it to be Mac compatible?
Sorry for the spray of questions but hopefully you see where I'm headed with this. I went back and numbered them so it would be a little easier to respond