Hello -- I operate an audio/visual event services company which provides video production, editing and storage for events of all types.
We're utilizing (2) PC-based video switchers that record video files directly to 3.5" HDDs. Usually a single event requires at least 1 TB of data.
As we have only been providing this service in this manner for a couple of years, we have been storing the data on the HDDs themselves, purchasing refurbished 3 TB drives from one of our vendors so that we continually have enough space to store show footage.
What I would like to accomplish is the following:
A RAID system that allows us to utilize the (21) drives we currently have as one drive, accessible via in-house network. This would allow us to simply connect the video switchers to the network to store footage, and not have to shift actual drives.
Also, we would love to be able to edit directly off the network; i.e., our video editor would be able to simply work on a project by connecting (likely hard-wired) to the network in-house without having to offload footage to an external USB drive.
I need direct instruction on this. I am skilled in many facets of IT but have never built out a RAID server before. Our entire network consists of PCs with few Macs involved.
And I suppose that you don't want this to happen...
But as David has recommended, the use of refurbished drives is a problem waiting to happen. It all really depends on the footage that you are storing: if it is a customer's wedding from a couple of years ago, it probably won't matter much, but if it is some event like a conference or a concert that you want or need to keep for long time retention, then you will better use a system that uses a storage subsystem with RAID protection, backup to tape (LTO6-LTO7 recommended) and that supports data archiving as well as backups, so you don't need to have all the storage online.